Julio Mendoza Loor & Jewel’s Goldstrike Win Lexington CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle, James Koford Caps Debut of Hatsjie to Take Special

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Julio Mendoza Loor on Jewel’s Goldstrike. © 2022 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LEXINGTON, Virginia, May 20, 2023–Julio Mendoza Loor and Jewel’s Goldstrike won the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday while James Koford completed his debut on Hatsjie to capture the Grand Prix Special.

Julio, who rides for Ecuador but is based in Columbus, North Carolina, scored 78.405% on the 12-year-old KWPN gelding for the pair’s sixth victory so far this year.

The duo began Big Tour 14 months ago, winning 10 of 14 starts since then as well as sweeping the Bolivarian Games at Small Tour in Bogota, Colombia to qualify for the Pan American Games later this year.

James Koford of Southern Pines, North Carolina and Hatsjie, 11-year-old KWPN gelding, won the Special 65.979% to cap the Big Tour debut of the partnership.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
1. Julio Mendoza Loor ECU Jewel’s Goldstrike 78.405%
5. Christian Garweg CAN Excalibur RS 70.050%
6. Adriane Alvord USA Selfmade 64.325%

CDI3* Grand Prix Special
1. James Koford USA Hatsjie B 65.979%
2. Gabriel Armando ARG San Rio 64.404%
3. Jessica Idol USA Fantom 63.340%
4. Dawn Weniger USA Claudius 61.170%