Wellington, FL - February 18, 2014 - Nine international teams of riders brought their horses out today for the horse inspection at the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3*. It was clear sailing for all but Kim Jesse and Charming 8 from Germany. The 16-year-old Rheinlander stallion was initially held for re-inspection and will be presented before the panel again on Wednesday morning.
This year’s Nations Cup in Wellington, part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, is the opening leg of the second pilot season of FEI Nations Cup dressage and the first event outside of Europe to be included in the series. The 2013 Wellington Nations Cup was not included in the FEI Nations Cup series. Again this year, the event will include mixed teams of large tour and small tour combinations, a format that is being tested for use at the Pan American Games.
The team competition will be determined by the results of Wednesday’s Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix as well as Thursday’s Intermediaire I and Grand Prix Special. Riders then advance to Friday’s Intermediaire I Freestyle and Grand Prix Freestyle to battle it out for individual medals.
Karin Davis of Australia and Morris
The United States and Canada are each fielding two teams for the Nations Cup. Australia, Colombia, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain will also be represented by full teams. Two individuals will also compete: Luis Reteguiz-Denizard for Puerto Rico and Joanne Vaughan for Georgia.
The United States dominated in 2013, claiming the top two spots on the podium with their Teams 1 and 2. Canada’s Team 1 took home the bronze. Individual honors went to Christilot Boylen of Canada and Dio Mio, who will return this year to compete for Canada with owner Jill Irving.
Doktor will represent the U.S. with rider Shelly Francis
Robert Dover, chef d’equipe of the U.S. dressage team, is optimistic heading into this year’s Nations Cup.
“I intend to win,” Dover said. “I’ve been seeing the Nations Cup horses and riders through the season already, and we selected them based on their scores and their rankings. I think we have two strong teams. They are good riders and good horses, and our intention is to win.”
“I think it’s going to be a great show,” he added. “I hope the public comes out in big numbers and really enjoys it and shows their support for the athletes and for the great competition it’s going to be.”
View a photo gallery of the United States team riders here.
The Nations Cup is just one component of a busy Week 7 at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. A CDI3* competition begins Thursday evening with the Prix St. Georges and continues through Sunday. Also on tap will be the Florida International Youth Dressage Championships (YDC), presented by Dressage4Kids, beginning Friday morning.
Juan Matute Jr. of Spain overcame a few hurdles at the horse inspection with Don Diego Ymas
Updated Nations Cup Teams
GP designates combinations competing in the Grand Prix
GP - Kelly Layne and Udon P
GP - Ilse Schwarz and Cadenza
Nicholas Fyffe and Diamond Geezer
Karin Davis and Morris
GP - Belinda Trussell and Anton
Brittany Fraser and All In
Megan Lane and San D’Or
Chris Von Martels and Zilverstar
Tom Dvorak and Ribot
Jill Irving and Dio Mio
Maya Markowski and Lumiere
Evi Strasser and Rigaudon Tyme
GP - Marco Bernal and Rossini 234
Marco Bernal Jr. and Farewell IV
Carmen Franco and Don Akzentus
GP - Kim Jesse and Charming 8
GP – Maria Kaldewei and Companero 12
Kevin Kohmann and Zephyr
Marcus Orlob and Shakespeare RSF
Danielle Houtvast of The Netherlands and Palermo H
Leida Collins-Strijk and West Side
Danielle Houtvast and Palermo H
Kerensa Muller and Zerbino Interagro
Patrick Tigchelaar and Davidor 4
GP - Marta Renilla and Presumido
Juan Matute Jr. and Don Diego Ymas
Paula Matute and Tarpan Ymas
Carlos Munoz and Klouseau
United States 1
GP - Tina Konyot and Calecto V
GP - Adrienne Lyle and Wizard
Shawna Harding and Rigo
Silva Martin and Rosa Cha W
United States 2
GP - Shelly Francis and Doktor
GP - Catherine Haddad-Staller and Mane Stream Hotmail
Justin Hardin and Wyatt Star
Ashley Wimmer and Somerhall
Luis Reteguiz-Denizard and Royal Affair (Puerto Rico)
Joanne Vaughan and Elmegarden’s Marquis (Georgia)
Megan Lane of Canada
Paula Matute of Spain and Tarpan Ymas
Team Canada showing their spirit in the barn area
Justin Hardin (USA) and Wyatt Star
Ashley Wimmer (USA) sported patriotic shoes
Catherine Haddad Staller (USA) and Mane Stream Hotmail