Seven Countries Fly Flags and Descend Upon Wellington For FEI Nations Cup CDIO3*

Wellington, Fla. – March 11, 2020 – The tenth week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival will see five countries, including Canada, Denmark, Israel, Japan and the U.S., represented in the senior team competition at the only FEI Dressage Nations Cup held in North America. In total, riders from seven countries will make an appearance as several individual riders from Spain and The Dominican Republic will also compete.

History will be made this week as it marks the first ever international-level dressage team fielded for Israel, as two US-based riders, Micah Deligdish and Sahar Daniel Hirosh, will be joined by their teammate Eyal Zlatin who flew in from Europe to compete on a borrowed horse. The Israeli Dressage Team has continued to develop after their milestone year in 2019 when Deligdish and Zlatin represented Israel at the FEI European Championships.

“To go from two of us at the FEI European Championships to now having the first Israeli dressage team in a Nations Cup in Wellington is really exciting,” Deligdish explained. “It shows that Israeli dressage is growing and that we are creating our place on the competitive international stage.”

Micah Deligdish and Destiny

“We are all very excited for the opportunity,” she continued. “At the beginning of the season in Wellington this year, I thought it would be a nice goal to put together a team for Israel,  but the logistics were difficult. I called Eyal to pitch him the idea and I convinced him that it would really be amazing for him to fly over from Europe to ride with Sahar and myself. We have a really solid team that we are creating where we are proud to support Israel and we are there for each other to compete as a team.”

Israel’s small and large tour combinations will compete against the other countries for team medals, which are decided after the FEI Grand Prix/FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Grand Prix Special/FEI Intermediate I competition on Wednesday and Thursday. Individual medals will be presented after Friday’s FEI I-1 Freestyle and FEI Grand Prix Freestyle competition.

The Nations Cup CDIO-U25 presented by Diamante Farms debuted in 2017 and this year will welcome teams from USA and Canada along with individuals from Canada, Colombia, Spain, and USA. Team medals will be decided with the CDIO-U25 Intermediate II on Wednesday, while individual medals will be given for the CDIO-U25 Grand Prix on Thursday and the CDIO-U25 Grand Prix Freestyle on Friday evening.

Nations Cup Week Schedule

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 
12:00 p.m. – FEI CDIO U25 Intermediare II
2:50 p.m. – FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO3*
3:20 p.m. – FEI CDIO3* Grand Prix

Thursday, March 12, 2020
1:55 p.m. – FEI CDIO U25 Grand Prix
4:50 p.m. – FEI CDIO3* Intermediate 1
5:20 p.m. – FEI CDIO3* Grand Prix Special

Friday, March 13, 2020
1:05 p.m. – FEI Grand Prix Freestyle 16-25 CDIOU25 sponsored by Diamante Farms
4:00 p.m. – FEI Intermediate I Freestyle CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm
7:00 p.m. – FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Results for each team will comprise 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 team with the highest total score will be awarded first place.

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. The lowest score from each team is dropped once all riders have received their scores and their perspective additional bonus. If the drop score is that of a Grand Prix rider, the bonus will also be dropped.  Bonus points are only used to calculate team rankings, and will not contribute to individual final competition.

Team USA: Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald
Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, Jane Clark’s 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding  — Large Tour
Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partners LLC’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding  — Large Tour
Anna Marek and Dee Clair, Diane Morrison’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare  — Large Tour
Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper, Four Winds Farm’s 12-year old KWPN gelding  — Large Tour

Team Canada: Chef d’Equipe Christine Peters
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, Brittany Fraser and Marc-Andre Beaulieu’s 15-year-old KWPN gelding — Large Tour
Naima Moreira Laliberte and Statesman, KML INC’s 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding — Large Tour
Megan Lane and Zodiac MW, Deer Ridge Equestrian’s 16-year-old KWPN gelding — Large Tour
Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien, Lindsay Kellock and Enterprise Farm LLC’s 14-year-old Rheinlander gelding — Large Tour

Team Denmark
Signe Kirk Kristiansen and Her Highness O, Signe Kirk Kristianse and Thomas Kirk Kristiansen’s 17-year-old Hanoverian mare — Large Tour
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Blue Hors Zatchmo, Blue Hors APS’s 11-year-old Oldenburg stallion— Large Tour
Carina Nevermann Torup and Quinto, — Small Tour
Rikke Poulsen and Furstentanz, Peter Kjellerup and Rikke Poulsen’s 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding —  Small Tour

Team Israel: Chef d’Equipe Oded Shimoni
Sahar Daniel Hirosh and Whitman, Jane Suwalsky’s 17-year-old KWPN gelding — Large Tour
Micah Deligdish and Destiny, Diamante Farms’17-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding — Large Tour
Eyal Zlatin and Skjoldsgaard Damzey-VO, Christina Devine’s 9-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding — Small Tour

Team Japan
Masanao Takahashi and Eaton Unitechno, Unitechno INC’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding — Large Tour
Kiichi Harada and Egistar, Haruka Taguchi’s 17-year-old KWPN gelding — Large Tour
Akane Kuroki and Zuidenwind 1187, Akane Kuroki’s 16-year-old KWPN stallion — Large Tour

Yvonne Losos De Muñiz (DOM) on Aquamarijn, her 15-year-old KWPN mare— Large Tour
Carlos Salguero Ocaña (ESP) on Vangens Star-Light, Mary Hankey’s 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding — Large Tour

U25 U.S. Star Spangled Team: Chef d’Equipe Charlotte Bredahl
Hope Cooper on Hot Chocolate W, Mary Mansfield’s 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Kerrigan Gluch on Vaquero HGF, Hampton Green Farm’s 13-year-old Andalusian stallion
Natalie Pai on Utopie d’Ouilly, Melanie Pai’s 12-year-old Selle Français mare.

U25 U.S. Stars and Stripes Team: Chef d’Equipe George Williams
Emma Asher on Elegance N, Seeley Equestrian Ventures’ 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding
Ben Ebeling on Illuster Van de Kampert, Nuvolari Holdings, LLC and Amy Roberts Ebeling’s 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding
Rosemary Julian-Simoes on Rankrado, Rankrado LLC’s 16-year-old German Sport Horse gelding

U25 Team Canada: Chef d’Equipe Wendy Christoff
Vanessa Creech-Terauds and Hallmark, Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale’s 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding
Laurence Blais Tetreault and Utah, Mathilde Blais Tetreault’s 19-year-old KWPN gelding
Camille Carier Bergeron and Acoeur, Gilles Bergeron’s 13-year-old BAD-WÜ gelding

U25 Individuals 
Tanya Strasser-Shostak (CAN) and Renaissance Tyme, Ms. Evi Strasser’s 17-year-old Oldenburg gelding
Paula Matute Guimon (ESP) on Legacy’s Cosmico, Deborah Ann Berger’s 11-year-old Hannoverian gelding
Maria Alejandra Aponte Gonzalez (COL) on Duke De Niro, her own 16-year-old BHHS gelding

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