Sarah Tubman & First Apple Win Ocala CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

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Sarah Tubman on First Apple winning the World Equestrian Center CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2022 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

OCALA, Florida, Nov. 18, 2022–Sarah Tubman and First Apple won the Hampton Green Farm Grand Prix Freestyle at the World Equestrian Center Friday night, the fifth win in six starts since returning from a European summer competition circuit.

Sarah and the 12-year-old KWPN were awarded 75.665% for the musical performance under lights that was a recovery from a second place finish in the Grand Prix a day earlier.

Sarah, of Wellington, Florida and First Apple were individual and freestyle gold medalist at Small Tour at the 2019 Pan American Games.

In the first European competitions this summer, the duo placed second once and third twice in six starts followed by a string of victories since returning home including a World Cup event that ranks them third at this early stage of qualifying for the championship Final in Omaha. The championship based on the Freestyle is her primary goal for early next year.

Benjamin Ebeling also of Wellington and Indeed, a 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare that he took over from his father at the beginning of this year, was runner-up on74.925%.

Anna Marek of Dunnellon on Fire Fly was third on 73.240% in their first performance of a new Freestyle for the 12-year-old KWPN gelding. The duo won the Grand Prix Thursday.

Emily Miles of La Cygne and Java Dulce won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special on 68.404% in the first Big Tour competition for the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (the pair won a 2* Grand Prix in Texas in April).

Mikala Münter of Wellington on Salsa Hit, 13-year-old British-bred Oldenburg gelding, was runner-up on 67.532%.

Chase Shipka and Gladstone Zee T was third on67.128%

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Jane Weatherwax Cara Whitham Clive Halsall Raphaël Saleh Omar Zayrik
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 75.665 USA Sarah Tubman First Apple 76.300 73.775 75.625 75.325 77.300
2. 74.925 USA Benjamin Ebeling Indeed 76.275 75.900 73.125 74.450 74.875
3. 73.240 USA Anna Marek Fire Fly 70.150 74.500 74.125 72.625 74.800
4. 70.935 USA Nora Batchelder Faro SQF 74.075 68.000 72.000 70.625 69.975
5. 69.775 VEN Patricia Ferrando Honnaisseur SJ 69.675 69.650 71.000 69.625 68.925
6. 67.620 USA Tyra Vernon Hadrian Interagro 67.125 69.450 68.125 67.450 65.950

 

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Jane Weatherwax Cara Whitham Clive Halsall Raphaël Saleh Omar Zayrik
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 68.404 USA Emily Miles Java Dulce 69.255 69.468 67.660 67.021 68.617
2. 67.532 USA Mikala Münter Salsa Hit 68.830 67.660 67.660 66.596 66.915
3. 67.128 USA Chase Shipka Gladstone Zee T 68.723 66.596 66.702 65.851 67.766
4. 66.830 USA Hope Cooper Flynn PCH 67.128 69.787 67.234 63.191 66.809
5. 66.681 USA Lehua Custer F.J. Ramzes 67.043 70.021 66.298 65.660 64.383
6. 62.660 USA Jill Hardt Erivo 64.489 65.660 61.723 59.915 61.511
SCR USA Bryn Cahill QC Star Performer