Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 28, 2018 – Seventy-five horse-and-rider combinations made their way down the inspection track Wednesday morning for the jog inspection for Week 8’s CDI competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida.
All of the combinations passed the inspection in the end, although two pairs were held for reinspection. After being examined by a vet and jogging once more, Yanina Woywitka with R’Myattack and Kaylee Christensen with Don Claudio were accepted into the competition.
Marcus Fyffe Dressage working student and U-25 rider Katrina Sadis is excited about getting back into the CDI competition ring.
“This is my first U-25 CDI,” Sadis explained. “This is a big jump from the Young Riders so it’s really exciting.”
Sadis is coming off of a successful CDI Young Rider career with her Lusitano gelding, Zepelim. Last year the pair qualified for the North American Junior Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC), where they earned a team gold medal with their Region 3 team.
“I feel like the U-25 is a better step for my horse,” Sadis said. “We’ve been doing piaffe/passage since I’ve had him and I’m lucky that on a Spanish-type horse the collection comes easy to him. We’ve been working on the changes and really pushing him while still having fun.”
As part of the CDI jog, ShowChic presents the best turned out pair with the ShowChic Best Turned Out Award. Janne Rumbough earned the Week 8 award for her sharp turnout at this morning’s jog.
CDI competition will begin tomorrow, March 1 with the CDI 3* Prix St. Georges class at 8 a.m. On Thursday, the CDI-W Grand Prix will kick-off at 2:15 p.m, with the CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle taking place Friday night at 7 p.m. This weekend will also feature the Dressage Derby competition where four large tour riders compete on unfamiliar horses in the Prix St. Georges test. The first round of the derby will start at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 1.