Morgan Barbançon & Bolero Post Personal Best Score to Win Gold Coast Opener CDI3* Freestyle, French Rider’s 2nd victory in Debut Florida Show

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Morgan Barbançon on Bolero in the first Florida competition for the two-time Olympic rider. © 2023 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Jan. 22, 2023–Morgan Barbançon posted a personal best score on Bolero to win the Gold Coast Opener CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday, the second victory for the French rider in her debut Florida competition.

The two-time Olympian scored 77.175% for the win on the 17-year-old KWPN gelding two days after she won the opening Grand Prix on Deodoro, one of three Big Tour horses she brought to Florida to compete on the winter-long circuit.

Morgan took over the ride on Bolero from her sister, Alexandra, at the end of 2017. Last year, she and Bolero logged five wins in 16 starts that included the previous best result for a musical performance of 76.760%.

Mikala Münter of Wellington, Florida and Salsa Hit, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding, were awarded 74.090% for runner-up to wrap up the second year of Big Tour for the partnership.

Canada’s Evi Strasser on the 15-year-old Oldenburg gelding Disney Tyme received 69.550% for third with three in the class.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Janet Lee Foy Kari McClain Stephen Clarke Agnieszka Majewska Cesar Torrente
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 77.175 FRA Morgan Barbançon Bolero 77.000 77.975 77.375 77.525 76.000
2. 74.090 USA Mikala Münter Salsa Hit 74.050 76.650 74.600 71.675 73.475
3. 69.550 CAN Evi Strasser Disney Tyme 70.150 70.825 71.775 69.025 65.975