Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In Go Out With a Bang With Win in CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle

Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 8, 2019 – In addition to the CDI5* Grand Prix Special, the crowd at the ‘Friday Night Stars’ at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) enjoyed performances in the CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle. Canada’s Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Tango, won the Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, with a score of 76.520 percent.
Fraser-Beaulieu had a high degree of difficulty in her freestyle choreography due to the number of combinations between movements, two piaffe-pirouettes and difficult transitions.

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In

American Katherine Bateson Chandler and Alcazar, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Cantango owned by Jane Forbes Clark, earned a score of 75.705 percent to come in second in the freestyle that was a jazz montage with songs from “La La Land”.

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar

Third place went to Germany’s Christoph Koschel and Ballentines 10, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Belissimo M owned by HOF Beckerode GMBH. The pair earned a score of 73.780 percent in their first freestyle ever.

Christoph Koschel and Ballentines 10

Results: CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu / CAN / All In / 76.520
2. Katherine Bateson-Chandler / USA / Alcazar / 75.705
3. Christoph Koschel / GER / Ballentines 10 / 73.780
4. Jill Irving / CAN / Degas 12 / 73.355
5. Yvonne Losos De Muniz / DOM / Foco Loco W / 73.195
6. Jessica Jo Tate / USA / Faberge / 70.155


Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu – CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle winner 

On her win:
“It’s very exciting, especially since it may be my last show until September. I couldn’t ask for a better night honestly, he was with me the entire time. He had a little spook in the extension and I had a small mistake in my twos, but other than that, it is probably one of the best feelings I have ever had on him out there. To end on a note like that I am very happy.”

On his progression:
“At the beginning, he was a little fresh and he can still be a little fresh, but honestly now he is taking his freshness and putting it to really good use and I feel like I can get more out of him. If he is fresh now he is still attentive with me the whole time, so I’m really pleased. He’s so much fun to ride on nights like this.”

On her music:
“Joost Peters composed the music. I wanted something along the lines of Spirit [the movie: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron], so Joost composed it and he did a really good job.”

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In

On her choreography:
“I tried to do as many combinations as I could without losing power. The number of combinations together gets extra bonus points. Two piaffe pirouettes also gave us bonus points. That’s where I raked up the degree of difficulty, in addition to transitions. I enjoy the system of putting in the pattern and playing with it to see where you can get more points, or if you want to take a risk somewhere to see where you can get bonus points. I like it!”

On her goals:
“I want to go to Tokyo. I’ll show in September because there is not much after June when I have to stay home. I will probably go to Devon in September then come back to Florida and start to qualify for Tokyo.”

Katherine Bateson Chandler – CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle second place 

On her test:
“I’m thrilled with him. He has not done a night class in quite a while and he has had times where he can be really good and a few times where he has completely panicked when the music has come on. So, I’m super proud of him. It’s the best freestyle I have ever done. This is sort of a new freestyle – I have only done it a couple of times and I changed a little bit in the canter work and it worked out really well this time. I couldn’t be more proud of him. He gave me an amazing feeling and helped me through the whole thing. We had a spook in the beginning so he started out a little rough. That sort of woke me up and made me kick on and he was right there for me. I couldn’t be happier.”

Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar

On her music:
“Mine is composed by Tom Hunt, it is from La La Land and it is Sing Sing Sing, which is an old swing that I actually rode with Rainier years ago. It is a little bit of a different version of that. Tom did an amazing job as he always does.”

Christoph Koschel – CDI5* Grand Prix Freestyle third place

Horse’s first class under lights:
“I’m over the moon, it’s not only the first freestyle but first class under the lights. He’s such a green young horse that I am for sure so proud of him. He was behaving so well and so with me. I think there is a lot of potential for the future. I really have a good feeling and I am just so happy.”

Christoph Koschel and Ballentines 10

On his horse:
“I got him when he was at the end of  5-years-old and have been training him now for a couple years. I got him because he was quite wild, so there was no one really that wanted to ride him. Then I got him and I had a really good feeling right away — he is so much fun with so much potential. He’s a short horse with a lot of power and you have to bring that power under control one day and I think tonight was the first step in a good direction. I think he is a really good horse for the future and it makes it so much fun every day. He tries to understand and sometimes he is a little over-motivated still, but we will get it under control.”

On his test:
“This is his [Ballentines] first freestyle and his first time under the lights. It is a very difficult freestyle because it was the champion freestyle from Donnperignon.  He doesn’t even have his own freestyle so we have to work on that now!”

Janet Foy — Judge at C

On the performances:
“I think everyone that competed had spectacular music. Everyone, even with the little hiccups here and there, they rode so well to the music. That is so inspiring for us when that happens. The new system is fabulous to work with, I think it is a very positive step in that it is being used down here. I wish it was used everywhere in the United States because I think it is a huge benefit to the riders and very helpful for the judges.”

Christoph Koschel and Ballentines 10
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