Wellington, Fla. – March 21, 2017 – All but two horses passed the jog inspection Tuesday afternoon to compete in the Nations Cup CDIO3* and CDI3* presented by Stillpoint Farm in the eleventh week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Juan Matute Jr.’s Quantico Ymas and Tanya Strasser-Shostak’s Action Tyme will be re-inspected on Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m.
In addition to the regular Nations Cup CDIO3*, the Adequan Global Dressage Festival is introducing a U25 Nations Cup competition for the first time. Anna Buffini, a member of one of the United States U25 teams, expressed her excitement to compete her 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Sundayboy in the first U25 Nations Cup in Wellington.
“It’s such an honor to be a part of this team,” Buffini said. “It’s written down forever that we are the first team selected for the U25 in the United States Nations Cup. It’s only going to continue to grow from here. It’s so exciting that they are bringing this here because not all of us can go to Europe. It’s a great opportunity to have international competition in America, which is huge and our end goal.”
“I am so excited about the team aspect,” she continued. “You never see this in dressage shows where we are all together wearing the same clothes and on the same team. It’s so fun to have this aspect since dressage is individualistic. It’s so much fun to be a part of a team, but it also adds so much more pressure because your team is counting on you. You have to pull your own weight and not let the team down.”
Buffini also revealed that this competition will be even more special to her as it is the last for Sundayboy before he retires. The pair has had a successful career together and won the 2016 USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship.
“It’s very special and gives me goosebumps,” she said. “I am really lucky that I chose this year to come to Wellington because it’s my first year here. It’s amazing.”
The first leg of the U25 Nations Cup will kick off on Wednesday, March 22, at 11:30 a.m. with the Intermediate II 16-25 test.
The Dutta Corp U.S. Dressage Team for the FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* will head down centerline to compete against teams from Spain and Canada. They will begin their competition in the Grand Prix test at 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday.
Team USA: Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover
Shelly Francis and Doktor, a 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding — Large Tour
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz and Lonoir, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding — Large Tour
Tuny Page and Woodstock, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding — Large Tour
Lisa Wilcox and Galant, an 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding — Large Tour
Reserve combination: Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding — Large Tour
Team Canada: Chef d’Equipe Liz Steacie
Jill Irving and Degas 12, a 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding — Large Tour
Megan Lane and Caravella, a 16-year-old KWPN mare — Large Tour
Jaimey Irwin and Donegal V, a 9-year-old KWPN gelding — Small Tour
Tina Irwin and Laurencio, a 10-year-old gelding— Small Tour
Team Spain: Chef d’Equipe Maria Matute
Juan Matute Jr. and Quantico Ymas, an 11-year-old gelding — Large Tour
Paula Matute Guimon and Legacy’s Alminar, a 13-year-old gelding— Small Tour
Pablo Gomez Molina and Furst Fiorano Ymas, a Westphalian gelding — Small Tour
Marta Renilla and Rhustler, an 8-year-old American Hanoverian gelding — Small Tour
Kelly Layne (AUS) and Von Primaire, a 15-year-old KWPN gelding — Large Tour
Ester Mortimer (GUA) and Adajio, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding — Small Tour
U25 United States Team A: Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald
Anna Buffini and Sundayboy, an 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
Sean Sierra Keasler and Lux Stensvang, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding
Kerrigan Gluch and HGF Brio, a 12-year-old Andalusian stallion
U25 United States Team B: Chef d’Equipe George Williams
Kaitlin Blythe and Don Principe, an 18-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Molly Paris and Countess, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare
Genay Vaughn and Donarweiss GGF, a 16-year-old Hanoverian stallion
U25 Team Canada
Mathilde Blais-Tetreault and Utah, a 16-year-old KWPN gelding
Tanya Strasser-Shostak and Action Tyme, a 17-year-old Oldenburg gelding
CDI3* Grand Prix Order of Go – 8:00 a.m.
Susanne Hamilton/USA/Lord Locksley
Yvonne Losos De Muniz/DOM/Aquamarijn
Jacqueline MacDonald Cuddy/GBR/Malcarat
Adrienne Pot/USA/Something Special
BREAK 9:25 a.m.-9:40 a.m.
Ellesse Tzinberg/PHI/Triviant 2
Barbara Bertschinger/SUI/Rubin Cortes OLD
Maria Florencia Manfredi/ARG/Bandurria Kacero
Kelly Layne/AUS/Udon P
Jacqueline Brooks/CAN/D Niro
CDIO3* Grand Prix Order of Go – 2:30 p.m.
Kelly Layne/AUS/Von Primaire
Jill Irving/CAN/Degas 12
Juan Matute Guimon/ESP/Quantico Ymas