Anna Marek & Fire Fly Double Down on Success with Victory in Ocala CDI3* Grand Prix Special on Personal Best, Day After Similar Performance in Grand Prix
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OCALA, Florida, April 15, 2023–Anna Marek and Fire Fly doubled down on success with victory Saturday in the World Equestrian Center CDI3* Grand Prix Special on a personal best score a day after a similar performance in the Grand Prix.
Anna, of the Ocala area community of Dunnellon, and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding scored 74.468% for the victory. The duo won the Grand Prix, also on a personal best, 72.217%.
Anna is focused on developing Fire Fly in Big Tour competitions as she has been riding in CDI Grand Prix for just over a year. She is pointing Duvel, a 15-year-old KWPN gelding, as her prospect for the U.S. team for the Pan American Games in Santiago in the fall.
Katie Duerrhammer of Wellington and Paxton, a 12-year-old Westfalen gelding, was runner-up in the Special on 73.213%.
Ashley Holzer also of Wellington and the 10-year-old Hansel were third on 72.638%.
Sarah Tubman and First Apple were awarded 70.574%, the only other duo in the lineup of 15 starting combination to score at least 70%.
CDI3* Grand Prix Special
|Sandra Hotz||Sandra Andrea Smith||Cesar Torrente||Kerrie Swan-Bates||Cara Whitham|
|1.||74.468||USA||Anna Marek||Fire Fly||74.362||73.085||74.149||74.149||76.596|
|4.||70.574||USA||Sarah Tubman||First Apple||71.489||69.681||72.447||71.064||68.191|
|6.||69.809||USA||Lehua Custer||F.J. Ramzes||69.468||68.298||71.064||70.851||69.362|
|8.||68.532||CAN||Camille Carier Bergeron||Sound of Silence 4||66.277||69.149||68.085||68.830||70.319|
|11.||67.872||USA||Katherine Bateson Chandler||Alcazar||67.021||66.596||68.085||64.787||72.872|
|12.||67.000||POR||Tiago Ernesto||Hobbit Interagro||65.213||65.851||68.085||68.617||67.234|
|13.||66.681||USA||Jan Ebeling||Jubi’s Tenacity||65.872||67.787||66.191||65.979||67.574|
|14.||66.638||CAN||Mathilde Blais Tétreault||Fedor||66.596||66.915||66.489||68.511||64.681|
|15.||65.915||USA||Jennifer Williams||Joppe K||65.106||65.957||64.681||68.830||65.000|