Wellington, Fla. – Dec. 11, 2020 – International dressage competition resumed in Wellington with the Global Dressage Festival Fall II on Friday, featuring the World Cup qualifying classes in the Grand Prix. Looking forward to the nice warm up before the twelve-week Global Dressage Festival kicks off in January, entered riders put their best foot forward, hoping to not only get accustomed to the venue’s famed international arena once again, but also secure valuable qualifying points for the following year’s FEI Dressage World Cup Finals.
The highlight class of the day, the FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix for the Freestyle, was the last class of the day to round out the first day of competition. Yvonne Losos De Muñiz, representing the Dominican Republic, got back in the groove with her mare Aquamarijn, a 15-year-old KWPN mare, securing the first place ribbon with a score of 69.261%. Losos De Muñiz expressed her excitement to be back in the international arena at Global after navigating the challenging year 2020 has been for many. While happy with her mare’s performance in Friday’s Grand Prix, she explained she is keeping in mind her long term goals for the next year, which include keeping Aquamarijn in top shape and getting her to the Olympics.
Finishing in second place was Susan Dutta riding Figeac DC, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding, owned by Dutta and her husband, Tim Dutta, with a score of 67.37%. Taking third place was Adrienne Pot and Bon-Ami, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding, with a 62.522%.
Earlier in the day, the CDI3* Grand Prix took place with a field of eight horse-and-rider combinations. Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duvall, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding owned by a syndicate called Harmony’s Partners, placed first with a 70.435%. It marks the pairs first CDI competition since the CDIO3* Nations Cup during the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival. They received multiple high marks of 8.0 for their passage, rein back and canter pirouettes, but lost points due to resistance in a piaffe and an error in the two-tempis. Second place went to Canada’s Chris Von Martels on Eclips, a 11-year-old KWPN gelding he owns with Barbara Soederhuizen, with a 68.543% while fellow Canadian Jill Irving rounded out the top three with her long-time mount, Arthur, with a 68.218%.
Competition at the Global Dressage Facility will resume on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8:30 a.m. with the FEI Intermediate I for Amateurs.
RESULTS: FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix for the Freestyle
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Yvonne Losos De Muñiz / DOM / Aquamarijn / 69.261
2. Susan Dutta / USA / Figeac DC / 67.37
3. Adrienne Pot / USA / Bon-Ami / 62.522
4. Sahar Daniel Hirosh / ISR / Whitman / 61.587
RESULTS: FEI Grand Prix CDI3* for the Special
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Adrienne Lyle / USA / Harmony’s Duval / 70.435
2. Chris Von Martels / CAN / Eclips / 68.543
3. Jill Irving / CAN / Arthur / 68.218
4. Katherine Bateson Chandler / USA / Alcazar / 66.739
5. Jodie Kelly-Baxley / USA / Caymus / 65.152
6. Patricia Ferrando / VEN / Elvis / 64.196
7. Krystalann Shingler / CAN / Fidelio / 63.261
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Yvonne Losos De Muniz – FEI Dressage World Cup Grand Prix for the Freestyle Winner
“She feels amazing, although I am a bit rusty. I thought I was a little better prepared than I actually was, but the first time out it always feels that way. She feels really, really good. I would have to say all the mistakes were one hundred percent mine. I thought I had a little more than I did and with the temperatures going up and down, I am not complaining. She feels the best she ever has been for me. I am not impressed with my riding, but again it is just getting back in there and feeling what I have, so it was super exciting.”
On how her year has been:
“I did a national show here and I jumped in the ring there. I was pretty relaxed about it which is when I do better. When I try and really go for it I usually mess it up. She is giving me one hundred percent so it is just a matter now of knowing when to come back. I know covid is horrific, but it made me take a step back and go back to basics, and I have been able to improve on a lot of stuff with her which I am really excited about. The stuff I was doing really well before I am now messing up, and the stuff I was messing up before I am now doing really well on.
“She got four months off going out and hacking because I got stuck in Canada, so then I came back at the end of July and it was cool. I sort of pretended I had a new horse. So I looked at all the past stuff I was having trouble with, and I love little problem [solving] things, so I reevaluated like she was a new horse again.”
On her plans for the upcoming competition season:
“Right now I am qualified for the Olympics, so just keeping her sound and happy. She does not need to be trained, she just needs to be kept in good condition. I would like to go again for the World Cup Final in Gothenburg. For me, it’s being smart about when I show her and what she does. It is easy for her to keep going and going. She is an awesome athlete, but I need to be more selective. She is not old—we are not old. We are maturing. She doesn’t need to do the movement she just needs to stay in shape. So it is a bit like me as well. Her and I are the same finally. I’m just enjoying that we are back in the ring.
On showing at the Global Dressage facility again:
“To be honest with you, we didn’t know where it was going, but with what they are doing here and the fact we could start it was amazing. It is a different atmosphere out here now. I think that I am going to have the hardest time getting used to it because we feed off of the [energy of the] public and try to keep it together and quiet in public and now there is no public. But the fact that we are back in the International Ring is amazing.”