Shelly Francis and Danilo (Photo Credit: Agency Ecary)
Compiègne, France –May 22, 2017 – The Dutta Corp. U.S. Dressage Team finished 5th overall at the 2017 CDIO5* Compiègne on Sunday. With a combined score of 454.5 points, the U.S. team, comprised of Shelly Francis, Arlene “Tuny” Page, and Kathleen Raine finished behind Denmark and ahead of Belgium.
Francis Shelly and her 14-year-old Oldenberg gelding, Doktor, had great success placing second in the CDI*3 Grand Prix freestyle with a score of 75.075 percent. Additionally, Francis (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Danilo, Patricia Stempel’s 2004 Hanoverian gelding finished fifth in Sunday’s Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 74.475 percent.
Raine (Murrieta, Calif.) and Breanna, her own, Jennifer Mason, and David Wightman’s 2000 Hanoverian mare, finished 6th in Sunday’s Grand Prix Special with a score of 70.471 percent, while Page (Wellington, Fla.) and Woodstock, her own 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding, finished 8th with a score of 69.431 percent.
Because Jennifer Hoffman and her own and Jurgen Hoffmann’s XXXL Rubinio NRW withdrew from competition for veterinary reasons, all scores counted. Faced with this setback, the U.S. team persevered, supported by Chef d’Equipe Charlotte Bredahl-Baker.
“Compiègne is a wonderful show in a beautiful area and the facilities and footing are great. In the Grand Prix on the first day of the FEI Nations Cup, the team had some expensive, but uncharacteristic mistakes,” said Bredahl-Baker. “But on the second day they all rode really well and the scores went up. The show was highly competitive and the classes very large. This was my first time as Chef d’Equipe and I was really happy to see how all our riders supported each other throughout the competition.”
Hoffman also competed in the individual competition and finished in eighth place scoring 71.625 percent with her second mount, Florentinus V, a Westphalian stallion, in the Grand Prix freestyle in the CDI3*.
Also representing the United States, Lauren Asher and her 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Honnerups Event, scored well at the competition. She finished in second place in the Young Rider freestyle with a score of 74.000 percent, placed fourth in the Young Riders team test with a score of 68.842 percent, and came in sixth place with a 60.053 percent in the Young Rider individual test.
Complete Results can be found here.
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