April 24, 2018
Global Dressage Festival
Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor in the Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by MTICA Farm. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.
American rider Shelly Francis is second, riding Danilo under lights for the first time Canadian duo Jill Irving and Arthur are second in the special with 68.723%
Heather Blitz and Praestemarkens Quatero score 71.961% for a prix st. georges win. Photo © SusanJStickle.com.
The 2018 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) runs January 4 – March 31, 2018 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. As the Festival kicked off, Swedish competitor Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and the 15-year-old Paridon Magi posted a new personal best of 75.87% in the FEI Grand Prix CDIW.
The FEI Prix St Georges CDI3*— the day’s opening class — was clinched by Heather Blitz (USA) on her own nine-year-old Danish Warmblood Praestemarkens Quatero (by Quaterback x Rohdiamant). At only his second FEI show, the chestnut gelding logged 71.961%, and was the unanimous winner across the three judges.
The second day of action culminated in another show-stopping performance by Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén (SWE) on Lövsta Stuteri’s Paridon Magi. The Swedish Warmblood Paridon Magi had never scored over 79% before, so his winning 81.15% represented a huge new record for the 15-year-old gelding by Don Primero.
Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor were on form to win the FEI Grand Prix CDI3* with 72.543%, earning over 71% from all five judges. On the second day of competition, Shelly Francis (USA) filled the runner-up spot on Patricia Stempel’s 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding Danilo, posting 77.725%. It was the first time the pair had performed under lights.
Week one of the Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) wrapped up January 13, with Shelly Francis (USA) logging another victory. Aboard Doktor — Patricia Stempel’s seasoned 15-year-old Diamond Hit gelding — Francis added the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3* to her grand prix title from two days previously. The pair scored 70.404% despite being penalized for an error of course. Francis finished 1.68% clear of second-placed Jill Irving (CAN) and her Jazz gelding Arthur, with the USA’s Megan Gardner (Zaffier) filling third.
Heather Blitz (USA) added another blue ribbon to her collection in the FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Triple Crown Nutrition. With her own nine-year-old Danish warmblood Praestemarkens Quatero (by Quaterback x Rohdiamant), she garnered 75% exactly, beating the previous day’s small tour winners, Canadian Diane Creech on Robbie W, into second place.
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