France’s Morgan Barbançon Wins 3 Big Tour Competitions in Final 24 hours of Inaugural Florida Winter Circuit

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Morgan Barbançon of France wrapping up her inaugural Florida winter circuit with a victory on Habana Libre A in the Global Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Special, one of three wins in 24 hours for the French rider. © 2023 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar 25, 2023–Morgan Barbançon of France won three Big Tour competitions in the final 24 hours of her inaugural Florida winter circuit–one on each of the three horses she brought from Europe.

Morgan won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special on Deodoro and the CDI4* Special on Habana Libre A Saturday after capturing the Freestyle on Bolero Friday night–results that she said put her “on cloud nine right now.”

“I am so proud of my horses,” she said, “so happy with the season, so grateful and blessed.”

The 30-year-old rider collected four blue ribbons for wins and two reds for runner-up this week alone.

“I have to say a special thank you to everyone here. We have felt so welcomed and especially Thomas (Baur) and Monica (Fitzgerald–who manage Global), volunteers, the stewards, the media, everyone has been so supportive and helpful. I really want to say thank you everyone for making this experience so incredible.”

Morgan and the 11-year-old Habana Libre won the 4* Special on 71.702%.

Katie Duerrhammer of Wellington on Paxton, a 12-year-old Westfalen stallion, was runner-up on 69.234%.

Alice Tarjan of Oldwick, New Jersey and Candescent, the 13-year-old Hanoverian mare returning to competition after a break of almost 1 1/2 years, placed third on 68.596%.

Morgan Barbançon on Deodoro on the way to victory in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Special. © Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

Morgan and the 12-year-old Deodoro scored 71.596% to win the 3* Special.

Emily Miles of La Cygne, Kansas, who won the Grand Prix on Java Dulce, 12-year old Danish Warmblood, a day earlier was second on 70.872%.

Kevin Kohmann of Wellington on the 14-year-old Dünensee was third on 69.403%.

Morgan won the 4* Grand Prix Freestyle Friday night.

She returns to Europe with the horses then returns to the United States later next week with Sir Donnerhall II OLD to compete in the World Cup Final in Omaha.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Michael Osinski Maria Colliander Hans-Christian Matthiesen Henning Lehrmann Agnieszka Majewska
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 71.702 FRA Morgan Barbançon Habana Libre A 71.702 72.553 71.170 72.234 70.851
2. 69.234 USA Katie Duerrhammer Paxton 68.298 69.787 67.766 71.489 68.830
3. 68.596 USA Alice Tarjan Candescent 70.319 66.489 68.404 69.362 68.404
4. 67.851 USA Lehua Custer F.J. Ramzes 67.234 66.277 67.979 71.170 66.596
5. 66.702 USA Susan Dutta Don Design DC 67.660 65.000 65.745 67.553 67.553
6. 65.787 USA Jennifer Hoffmann Rondoro Noblesse 66.596 64.574 64.787 66.596 66.383
7. 63.553 BEL Laurence Vanommeslaghe Havalon 64.149 61.702 62.872 65.745 63.298

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Michael Osinski Maria Colliander Henning Lehrmann Agnieszka Majewska Hans-Christian Matthiesen
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 71.596 FRA Morgan Barbançon Deodoro 71.596 71.702 72.128 71.383 71.170
2. 70.872 USA Emily Miles Java Dulce 71.809 69.149 70.000 70.957 72.447
3. 69.043 USA Kevin Kohmann Dünensee 70.000 68.404 69.362 68.617 68.830
4. 69.000 CAN Mathilde Blais Tétreault Fedor 72.340 66.383 69.149 67.979 69.149
5. 67.957 POR Maria Pais Do Amaral Hot Hit OLD 68.404 67.766 68.085 65.426 70.106
6. 67.894 USA Jan Ebeling Jubi’s Tenacity 68.298 66.915 68.723 66.809 68.723
7. 67.723 CAN Jill Irving Genesis 67.872 67.234 67.979 68.723 66.809
8. 67.085 USA Nicholia Clarke Sir Amour 67.128 67.660 67.872 65.957 66.809
9. 67.022 USA Jennifer Williams Joppe K 66.277 66.383 67.128 68.511 66.809
10. 66.128 USA Sarah Tubman Balia 66.277 64.574 66.383 66.809 66.596
11. 64.149 USA Allison Carmichael Figaro 62.872 64.043 65.213 64.574 64.043
12. 63.979 USA Christopher Hickey Stenagers Wyatt Earp 64.043 63.936 63.830 63.191 64.894
13. 63.808 KOR Dong Seon Kim Galleria’s Rossetti 64.915 64.170 62.681 63.106 64.170
14. 63.681 POR Tiago Ernesto Hobbit Interagro 63.298 62.021 65.426 63.404 64.255
15. 62.979 USA Geñay Vaughn Gino 62.660 61.915 64.149 64.255 61.915