Wellington, Fla. – Feb. 21, 2019 – Competition in the seventh week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival started out on a high note with Thursday’s CDI-W Grand Prix, seeing a field of Olympians and international dressage riders gather to battle it out to earn points for the FEI World Cup Finals in April. U.S. Olympian Kasey Perry-Glass and her mount Goerklintgaards Dublet put in a strong performance to take home the win with a total score of 77.217 percent.
Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, her and her mother, Diane Perry’s, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding, also claimed a CDI-W Grand Prix win earlier this season in Wellington during Week 3. Prior to the third week, the pair had taken a long break from competition after last year’s FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, where Perry-Glass placed sixth individually in the Grand Prix Special and helped the U.S. earn a team silver medal. Now back in the ring, she is focused on putting in stellar performances to help her accumulate the necessary qualifying scores to attend this year’s FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Finishing in second place was Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and her 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding Don Auriello, with a score of 73.804 percent. Last year, Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello competed at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ for Sweden, and went on to earn scores up to 82.72 percent in the CDI5* in Stockholm in December.
U.S. rider Shelly Francis and Patricia Stemple’s Danilo, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, rounded out the top three in the class. The pair, who competed in last year’s FEI World Cup Finals in Paris, France, were given a score of 72.152 percent.
The CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle is set to kick-off Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.
FROM THE WINNERS CIRCLE
Kasey Perry-Glass – CDI-W Grand Prix winner
On her ride:
“Today was a really good ride. I felt like he was a little bit more tight and tense than normal, but it’s his second show out this season. We are still getting our feet wet a little bit. The highlights I feel were the piaffe and the two-tempis. I felt like those were amazing. Passage got a little bit tense but he always does it so well that it’s just such a highlight for him.
On tomorrow’s freestyle:
“I want to go out and have fun with him. I love doing the freestyle, and it’s a chance for us to go out and dance together. I’m hoping to put in a solid test for a solid score, hopefully another qualifying score for World Cup, and just have fun.
“The only other show I can do for qualification is the next one, so I’ll be doing these back-to-back. With him it works perfect. He is a very solid horse and we focus a lot on his physical health. I think it’s just going to make him even better for next week going back-to-back.”
Results: CDI-W Grand Prix
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Kasey Perry-Glass / USA / Goerklintgaards Dublet / 77.217
2. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven / SWE / Don Auriello / 73.804
3. Shelly Francis / USA / Danilo / 72.152
4. Yvonne Losos De Muniz / DOM / Foco Loco W / 68.87
5. Karen Lipp / USA / Whitney / 64.565
6. Jane Karol / USA / Sunshine Tour / 64.261
7. Ariana Chia / CAN / Teo / 63.804
8. Jessica Kozel / USA / Denzello / 63.652
9. Jessica Jo Tate / USA / Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon / 62.565