Wellington, Fla. – March 4, 2019 – Competition on Sunday, March 3, at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) featured freestyle classes and the conclusion of the seventh annual Florida International Youth Dressage Championships (FIYDC). AGDF continues through March 31 at Equestrian Village at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
The 2019 FIYDC featured competition for riders in the Under 25, Young Rider, Junior Rider, Children and Pony divisions, offering them a chance to compete on the big stage in the Global International Arena at AGDF and showcase their talent at one of the world’s largest and most high-profile dressage competitions. This year there were 13 horse and rider pairs in the FEI U25 division, 11 entries in the FEI Young Rider division, six in the FEI Junior Rider Division, one in the FEI Children division, and three in the FEI Pony Rider division. The riders represented four countries, including Canada, Germany, Spain, and the United States.
Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt, a 17-year-old from Madrid, Spain, was the division winner in both the FEI Young Rider and FEI Junior Rider divisions. Danguillecourt rode Dhannie Ymas, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Don Crusador owned by Yeguada de Ymas in the Young Rider division. The pair earned a score of 72.843 percent in the FEI Young Rider Team test on Friday, a score of 72.5 percent in the FEI Young Rider Individual test on Saturday, and a score of 74.742 percent in the FEI Young Rider Freestyle on Sunday.
Bacariza rode Romantico Ymas, a nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Bellissimo owned by Yeguada de Ymas, in the FEI Junior Rider division. The pair earned a score of 69.596 percent in the FEI Junior Rider Team test on Friday, a score of 70.882 percent in the FEI Junior Rider Individual test on Saturday, and a score of 76.458 percent in the FEI Junior Rider Freestyle on Sunday.
Bacariza won the overall champion title at FIYDC for the second year in a row, after winning all six of the classes that she competed in with her two different mounts. “They are completely different,” said Bacariza of her two horses. “Dhannie is more with you and he loves being the center of attention. When he goes in the ring he’s like ‘I’m a star.’
“I’m not as confident with Romantico yet because this is my first year competing him, and he hasn’t done CDI before,” continued Bacariza. “It’s a learning process together, but I’m super happy with how it’s going. I’m so happy with the way it turned out. To have the highest overall mark, I was also very, very happy.”
Natalie Pai, a 21-year-old from Wellington, Florida, and Unlimited won the Under 25 division, presented by Diamante Farms. The pair earned a score of 68.59 percent in the FEI Grand Prix on Friday morning and a 71.208 percent in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday.
“I’ve had him [Unlimited] for two years now, and this is my third year doing the U25 youth championships. We’ve come such a long way,” said Pai of her partnership with the 18-year-old KWPN gelding by Jazz x Clairudith owned by Melanie Pai. “It’s always a fun thing to come here and do the championships, and to be able to win is awesome. This was a long week and for him to come out there every single day and just give me everything, that’s amazing. Especially on the very last day when it was really hot, that was great. I’m really proud of him.”
Justine Boyer, a 12-year-old from Wellington, Florida, and Lentisco XVIII were the winners in the FEI Children division presented by Alessandro Albanese. The pair rode to a score of 63.538 percent on Saturday in the FEI Children Team test and a score of 61.071 percent in the FEI Children Individual test on Sunday.
“We both enjoy showing. He’s very sweet and very strong,” said Boyer of the 18-year-old P.R.E stallion owned by Hampton Green Farm. “My strongest test was today because it was better than yesterday, and we got more forward. Long term I hope to work up to the juniors.”
Scarlett Hansen, a 14-year-old from Quebec, Canada, and Reve De Glatigny were the division winners in the FEI Pony Division. The pair earned scores of 66.571 percent in the FEI Pony Rider Team test, 67.207 percent in the FEI Pony Rider Individual test, and 68.792 percent in the FEI Pony Rider Freestyle.
“My relationship with my pony is really strong. We love to play together, and he loves treats because he is a pony,” said Hansen of her 14-year-old German Riding Pony by Viersen K. “My pony was born at home, and I trained him myself, so I’m really proud of him. I think we did really good, and I’m really happy.”
This is the fourth consecutive year that Just World International has teamed up with Dressage4Kids to participate in FIYDC. This year the top three in the divisions will decide together where to donate their prize money.