Laura Graves and Verdades
Wellington, Fla. – January 25, 2017 – All horses passed the jog inspection held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) this morning in preparation for the CDI-W presented by the U.S.P.R.E. Association. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival facility saw many eager and spirited horse and rider pairs ready to kick off week three of the competition season, including Olympic bronze medalist Laura Graves returning to competing with Verdades.
Canadian rider Jill Irving looks forward to the challenge with her 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding Degas 12. She explained that she has been working on improving her Grand Prix Freestyle with Degas 12, and aims to ride a clean test.
Jill Irving and Degas 12
“I just added a little bit of a change,” she said. “It’s nice for the crowd to hear something different, so hopefully it will be exciting.”
Irving has been traveling to Wellington from her home in Canada since 1991, and thinks of the unique location as her second home.
“The weather is amazing,” she said. “But this is the equestrian mecca of the world. I think it’s so fun to get to know the international community. You can go to the grocery store in your riding clothes and no one thinks you’re crazy.”
Adrienne Pot and Something Special
Adrienne Pot, who represents the United States, will be competing in the CDI-W Grand Prix on a 18-year-old KWPN gelding named Something Special. She explained that she has been working towards getting him to relax more in the ring.
“Sometimes he gets a little too excited in there,” she said. “He’s an electric horse and it’s a big venue. We have been working on improving our technical work. When you ride the individual movements it seems like you got it, but when you light them up for the Grand Prix it is always a little bit of a test. I always have fun though!”
The FEI Grand Prix CDI-W will begin on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 10 a.m.
Grand Prix-W Order of Go
Carrie Schopf/ARM/De Value
Eline Eckroth/USA/Sir Prize
Holger Bechtloff/USA/Clapton JP
Jacqueline MacDonald Cuddy/GBR/Malcarat
Suzan Pape/GBR/Harmony’s Don Noblesse
Barbara Bertschinger/SUI/Rubin Cortes OLD
Chase Hickok/USA/Sagacious HF
Adrienne Pot/USA/Something Special
Megan Lane/CAN/San D’Or
Ellesse Tzinberg/PHI/Triviant 2
Juan Matute Guimon/ESP/Quantico Ymas
Jan Ebeling/USA/FRH Rassolini
Charlotte Jorst/USA/Kastel’s Akeem Foldager
Jill Irving/CAN/Degas 12
Beatrice Marienau/USA/Stefano 8
Maria Florencia Manfredi/ARG/Bandurria Kacero
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven/SWE/Benetton Dream FRH
BREAK 1:06 p.m.- 2:10 p.m.
Brittany Fraser Beaulieu/CAN/All In
Suzan Pape/GBR/Harmony’s Fiorano
Katherine Bateson Chandler/USA/Alcazar
Jacqueline Brooks/CAN/D Niro
Juan Matute Guimon/ESP/Don Diego Ymas
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven/SWE/Paridon Magi
Charlotte Jorst/USA/Kastel’s Nintendo
Carrie Schopf’s De Value
Tuny Page and Woodstock
Beatrice Marienau and Stefano 8
Laura Graves and Verdades
Charlotte Jorst’s Kastel’s Nintendo
Megan Lane and San D’Or