Wellington, Fla. – March 22, 2017 – Competition commenced on Wednesday in the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* in the eleventh week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival with the mixed small and large tour team representing Canada going into the lead after the first day of competition. Megan Lane lead Team Canada in the Grand Prix after earning a score of 70.080 percent aboard her 16-year-old KWPN mare Caravella.
Fellow Canadian team member Jill Irving was thrilled with her Grand Prix ride on Degas 12, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, and the pair received a 68.48 percent.
“I was really thrilled!” Irving said. “The piaffe and passage felt great and I loved his extended walk, and he was very relaxed. There’s pressure riding for a team of course — I’m OK to let myself down but I don’t want to let my team down! We are thrilled right now but we have to focus on tomorrow. The atmosphere is great, we all know each other and get along well.”
While Irving has not competed in the Grand Prix Special much this season, she is looking forward to Thursday’s competition.
“I want to preserve him going into the Grand Prix Special,” Irving explained. “If it stays hot out I want to make sure my warmup is not too long and that there’s water at the ring. I just want to stick to my plan and go easy in the heat.”
The two other members of Team Canada, Jaimey Irwin and Tina Irwin, competed in the small tour level of the Nations Cup competition. Jaimey Irwin earned a 72.921 percent on Donegal V, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding, and Tina Irwin received a 74.026 percent on Laurencio, a 10-year-old gelding, in the CDIO3* Prix St. Georges class earlier in the afternoon.
After the first day of CDIO3* Nations Cup competition, Team Canada is in the lead with a total of 218.527. Team United States, which consists of Shelly Francis, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, Tuny Page and Lisa Wilcox, is following closely behind with a total of 216.22. The United States did not have luck on their side with Page being eliminated because of blood found in the foam of Woodstock’s mouth when he bit his tongue, and Francis had an error when she went off course. Team Spain is rounding out the top three with a total of 198.911.
In the Nations Cup scoring system, riders who compete in the large tour receive a 1.5 percent bonus for degree of difficulty. The CDIO3* Nations Cup team medals will be determined after tomorrow’s Intermediate I and the Grand Prix Special, which takes place at 4:35 p.m. and 5:25 p.m.
CDIO3* Team Results After Day 1
1. Team Canada: Chef d’Equipe Liz Steacie
Jill Irving/Degas 12/68.480 + 1.5% Grand Prix Bonus
Megan Lane/Caravella/70.080 + 1.5% Grand Prix Bonus
Jaimey Irwin/Donegal V/72.921
Total: 218.527 (after drop score)
2. Team USA: Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover
Shelly Francis/Doktor/68.220 + 1.5% Grand Prix Bonus
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz/Lonoir/72.94 + 1.5% Grand Prix Bonus
Lisa Wilcox/Galant/70.56 + 1.5% Grand Prix Bonus
Total: 216.220 (after drop score)
3. Team Spain: Chef d’Equipe Maria Matute
Juan Matute Jr./Quantico Ymas/67.20 + 1.5% Grand Prix Bonus
Paula Matute Guimon/Legacy’s Alminar/62.421
Pablo Gomez Molina/Furst Fiorano Ymas/66.132
Total: 198.911 (after drop score)
Kelly Layne/AUS/Von Primaire/65.90
CDIO3* Grand Prix
1. Olivia LaGoy-Weltz/USA/Lonoir/72.940
2. Lisa Wilcox/USA/Galant/70.560
3. Megan Lane/CAN/Caravella/70.080
4. Jill Irving/CAN/Degas 12/68.480
5. Shelly Francis/USA/Doktor/68.220
6. Juan Matute Jr/ESP/Quantico Ymas/67.200
7. Kelly Layne/AUS/VonPrimaire/65.900
8. Arlene Page/USA/Woodstock/0.00
CDIO3* Prix St. Georges
1. Tina Irwin/CAN/Laurencio/74.026
2. Jaimey Irwin/CAN/Donegal V/72.921
3. Esther Mortimer/GUA/Adajio/69.053
4. Pablo Gomez Molina/ESP/Furst Fiorano Ymas/66.132
5. Marta Renilla/ESP/Rhustler/64.079
6. Paula Matute Guimon/ESP/Legacy’s Alminar/62.421