Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 12, 2019 – The fifth week of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) began on Thursday, Feb. 7, with three-star dressage competition at the Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. In the FEI Grand Prix CDI3* to qualify for the Grand Prix Special, presented by MTICA Farm, American Adrienne Lyle rode Harmony’s Duval, an 11-year-old gelding owned by Duval Partners LLC, to win with an earned score of 69.348 percent.
Jill Irving (CAN) and Arthur, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Jazz, came in second place with a score of 68.891 percent.
Susan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Don Noblesse, a 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion by Dancier owned by Harmony Sporthorses, earned a score of 68.896 percent to come in third place.
On Saturday, Feb. 9, Wellington Equestrian Realty presented the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3* where P.J. Rizvi (USA) and Breaking Dawn concluded the day with a win on a score of 74.030 percent.
“I’ve had him since he was nine, turning 10,” Rizvi said of her 18-year-old KWPN gelding by Akribori. “I purchased him as an amateur Prix St. Georges horse. He’s been my horse of a lifetime; I got to learn everything on him. I got really lucky.
“He knows his job. It’s really about keeping him fit and happy and taking good care of him because he is in the older bracket for a GrandPrixx horse, but he always comes out willing to do something,” continued Rizvi. “Today he came out like, ‘Yep I’m 12!’ We always say at the barn, he is 18 going on five because he doesn’t know how old he is, and that’s what I love about him.”
Michael Erdmann put together the music for Rizvi’s freestyle, and trainer Ashley Holzer and Rizvi designed the choreography together. “I wanted to do more of American Pie because I figure, everyone goes out and rides for different reasons and I always do my best, but I do it really for the fun and for the joy of it,” added Rizvi about her music choice.
AGDF continued its Saturday competition with the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by MTICA Farm, where Lyle returned after her two wins on Friday, Feb 8, to capture another one riding Harmony’s Duval by Rosseau to earn a score of 72.851 percent.
Susan Pape (GBR) and Harmony’s Don Noblesse, a 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion by Dancier owned by Harmony Sporthorses, came in second place with a score of 72.213 percent.
Third place went to Jill Irving (CAN) and Arthur, her 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Jazz. The pair earned a score of 70.064 percent.