Wellington, Fla. – March 11, 2020 – Competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival continued on Wednesday, March 11 with senior riders taking center ring for the CDIO3* Nations Cup. Immediately following the pinning of the CDIO-U25 Nations Cup team event, small tour riders made their Week 10 debut to wear their respective flags in the FEI Prix St. Georges before the big tour athletes wrapped up competition for the day with the FEI Grand Prix. Out of the five nations represented, it was the United States who kicked things off in winning fashion, leading the way with 217.131 points headed into Day 2 of the battle for team gold.
Team results will consist of the best three scores in the first test, FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Grand Prix, and the three best scores in the second test, the FEI Intermediate 1 and FEI Grand Prix Special. The best total team score will receive the gold medal. The Nations Cup team scores are calculated by awarding a 1.5 percent bonus for each Grand Prix rider on a team, while small tour scores receive no bonus. Once all riders have received their scores and their perspective additional bonus, the lowest score is dropped. If the drop score is that of a Grand Prix riders, the bonus will also be dropped with their score. Bonus points, however, will not contribute to individual final competition and are only used to calculate team rankings.
Denmark’s Carina Nevermann Torup and Quinto topped the ranks of the Prix St. Georges. The Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Jessica Howington scored a 70.794% with Nevermann Torup. Taking second place was Rikke Poulsen, who also rides for Denmark, aboard the 9-year-old Hannoverian gelding Furstentanz. Rounding out the top three for Israel was Eyal Zlatin riding Helgstrand Dressage’s 8-year-old Westphalian gelding Fred The Red.
In the FEI Grand Prix, the United States finished the opening day of Nations Cup competition with a total score of 217.131 considering Katherine Bateson-Chandler’s drop score and their 1.5% bonus for the Grand Prix. Led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald, team members Steffen Peters, Adrienne Lyle, Anna Marek and Bateson-Chandler put on a great performance that went neck-and-neck with Team Canada up until the final ride. In the end, it was Peters who was able to clinch the win for the U.S. with a score of 75.87%, skyrocketing the overall team’s score to overtake the lead from Canada.
Peters also claimed the winning position individually in the class. The U.S. rider led the field of 17 horse-and-rider combinations by over 4% with his longtime mount Suppenkasper, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Four Winds Farm. The four-time Olympic athlete has played an integral role many times on U.S teams, including in 2018 at the World Equestrian Games.
Canada follows closely behind the U.S. on a total score of 217.109 to currently sit in the silver medal position while Team Denmark sits in the bronze medal position on a score of 212.707.
The senior team competition will continue Thursday, March 12 with the FEI Intermediate I at 5:20 p.m. and FEI Grand Prix Special at 7:10 p.m. The total scores from each day will be added together to determine the final team standings after the second day of competition.
Results: FEI Nations Cup Prix St. Georges
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Carina Nevermann Torup / DEN / Quinto / 70.794
2. Rikke Poulsen / DEN / Furstentanz / 66.706
3. Eyal Zlatin / ISR / Fred The Red / 65.647
Results: FEI Nations Cup Grand Prix
Rider / Country / Horse / Total Score
1. Steffen Peters / USA / Suppenkasper / 75.870
2. Agnete Kirk Thinggaard / DEN / Blue Hors Zatchmo / 72.739
3. Brittany Faser-Beaulieu / CAN / All In / 72.435
4. Lindsay Kellock / CAN / Sebastien / 70.500
5. Megan Lane / CAN / Zodiac MW / 69.674
6. Naima Moreira Laliberte / CAN / Statesman / 69.283
7. Adrienne Lyle / USA / Harmony’s Duval / 68.978
8. Yvonne Losos De Muñiz / DOM / Aquamarijn / 68.717
9. Anna Marek / USA / Dee Clair / 67.783
10. Katherine Bateson Chandler / USA / Alcazar / 67.565
12. Signe Kirk Kristiansen / DEN / Her Highness O / 66.174
12. Sahar Daniel Hirosh / ISR / Whitman / 65.957
CDIO3* Team Results After Day One
Steffen Peters / Suppenkasper / (75.870 + 1.5%) 77.370
Adrienne Lyle / Harmony’s Duval / (68.978 + 1.5%) 70.478
Anna Marek / Dee Clair / (67.783 + 1.5%) 69.283
Katherine Bateson Chandler / Alcazar / (67.565 + 1.5%) 69.065
Total Score: 220.917
Brittany Faser-Beaulieu / All In / (72.435 + 1.5%) 73.935
Lindsay Kellock / Sebastien / (70.500 + 1.5%) 72.000
Megan Lane / Zodiac MW / 69.674
Naima Moreira Laliberte / Statesman / 69.283
Total Score: 217.109
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard / Blue Hors Zatchmo / (72.739 + 1.5%) 74.239
Signe Kirk Kristiansen / Her Highness O / (66.174 + 1.5%) 67.674
Rikke Poulsen / Furstentanz / 66.706
Carina Nevermann Torup / Quinto / 70.794
Total Score: 212.707
Masanao Takahashi / Eaton Unitechno / (65.630 + 1.5%) 67.130
Akane Kuroki / Zuidenwind / (65.522 + 1.5%) 67.022
Kiichi Harada / Egistar / (65.761 + 1.5%) 67.261
Total Score: 201.413
Micah Deligdish / Destiny / (63.022 + 1.5%) 64.522
Sahar Daniel Hirosh / Whitman / (65.957 + 1.5%) 67.457
Eyal Zlatin / Fred The Red / 65.647
Total Score: 197.626