Wellington, Fla. – March 27, 2018 – Over one hundred horse-and-rider combinations made their way down the inspection track at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) for the final week of competition on Wednesday morning. This weekend is especially exciting as it features two Nations Cup divisions, along with the CDI3* and CDI1* divisions.
The CDIO3* Nations Cup consists of Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix classes taking place on Wednesday, March 28, Intermediate I and Grand Prix Special classes on Thursday, March 29, and Intermediate I Freestyle and Grand Prix Classes on Friday, March 30. The Under-25 Nations Cup will feature a U-25 Intermediate II class on Wednesday, March 28, and U25 Grand Prix class on Thursday, March 29 and the U25 Grand Prix Freestyle on Friday, March 30. The team medals will be given on Thursday and the Individual medals on Friday.
The Nations Cup competition will include Under-25 teams from the United States, Spain and two teams from Canada. In the senior Nations Cup competition, teams from the United States, Spain, Columbia, Australia and Canada will face-off.
Molly Paris, a nationally ranked U25 rider, will represent the United States in the CDIO U25 competition with her 16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, Countess. Along with her mare, Paris will ride her 12-year-old Westphalian gelding Diamant Sky in the CDI 3* Small Tour competition.
“My mare and I actually did the Nations Cup last year,” Paris explained. “I’m pretty excited to do it again. It’s a great opportunity and I feel really confident about her. I’m really excited about this week!
“We’ve been working on making everything a little bit better this year,” Paris continued. “She [Countess] is a super talented horse and tries really hard for me – there’s not much more I can ask for, but just making it a little bit cleaner and softer has been our goal.”
All horses, with the exception of one, passed the jog inspection this morning. Megan Davis and her mount, Royale, will have a chance to represent in front of the Ground Jury tomorrow morning.
CDI competition kicks off today at 2:00 p.m. with the CDI 3* Prix St. Georges and will end on Saturday, March 31, with the CDI 3* Grand Prix Special at 3:36 p.m.
Team USA CDIO 3*:
Ashley Holzer and Havanna 145 – Big Tour
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir – Big Tour
Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo – Big Tour
Adrienne Lyle and Salvino – Big Tour
Team Canada CDIO 3*:
Jill Irving and Degas 12 – Big Tour
Diane Creech and Chrevis Christo – Big Tour
Megan Lane and Caravella – Big Tour
Brittany Fraser and All In – Big Tour
Team Australia CDIO 3*:
Kim Gentry and Leonardo – Big Tour
Kelly Layne and Furst Amante – Small Tour
Nicholas Fyffe and Hitchcock – Small Tour
Team Spain CDIO 3*:
Marta Renilla and Rhustler – Small Tour
Natalia Bacariza Danguillecourt and Rihanna Ymas – Small Tour
Pablo Gomez Molina and Furst Fiorano Ymas – Small Tour
Team Columbia CDIO 3*:
Marco Bernal and Germany – Small Tour
Raul Corchuelo and Senorita 43 – Small Tour
Team USA CDIO U25:
Kerrigan Gluch and Bolero CXLVIII
Natalie Pai and Unlimited
Molly Paris and Countess
Team Canada 1 CDIO U25:
Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Devon L
Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Renaissance Tyme
Team Canada 2 CDIO U25:
Laurence Blais Tetreault and Utah
Naima Moreira Lalibert and I Do Kiss
Team Spain CDIO U25:
Rodrigo Encinas Fuentes and Van the Man
Juan Matute Guimon and Don Diego Ymas