Wellington, Fla. – December 14, 2020 – The Global Dressage Fall Festival II brought back international dressage competition to Equestrian Village once again from December 10-13. The competition featured CDIW, CDI3*, and CDI1* classes as the final competition ahead of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival that begins on January 13, 2021, and concludes April 4, 2021.
Riding longtime partner Aquamarijn, Yvonne Losos De Muñiz (DOM) claimed back-to-back spots at the head of the victory laps on Friday and Saturday, adding two blue ribbons to the pair’s already lengthy career list. In the Grand Prix CDI-W, which offered valuable qualifying points for the 2021 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals, Losos De Muñiz and Aquamarijn, a 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by United x Gribaldi, found their rhythm to earn a score of 69.261% and claim victory. Losos De Muñiz and Aquamarijn returned to the ring the next day with momentum and turned in a quality performance that resulted in a score of 79.625% in the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, securing them the top spot by more than five percent.
“She got four months pretty much off, going on the track and just hacking because I got stuck in Canada, so then when I came back in July I sort of pretended I started with a new horse,” reflected Losos De Muñiz. “I went through all the past stuff I was having trouble with, and it was actually kind of cool, and I was able to improve. I took advantage of not being able to show, and I did that with all of my clients and all the horses, and I have to say they’re doing really well.”
Losos De Muñiz and Aquamarijn are already qualified for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo and will train and compete accordingly ahead of the global championship that begins in July. Additionally, they have their sights set on possibly competing in the 2021 FEI Dressage World Cup Finals, which are set to take place March 31 – April 5, 2021, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
In the CDI3* classes at the Grand Prix level, Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duval, owned by Duval Partners LLC, separated themselves from the pack as the frontrunners. On Friday, the duo claimed first prize in the Grand Prix CDI3* with a score of 70.435% as the only exhibitor to break the 70% threshold.
“I wanted to get a little more power from him today in the Grand Prix [Special]. The piaffes in the dressage tour can really be a highlight for him,” Lyle commented of the 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Rousseau x Riverman. “He’s got a lot of power to do the extended work, and a very good ability to collect for the piaffe in dressage and pirouettes.”
Lyle and Harmony’s Duval maintained their winning streak on Sunday with a blue-ribbon ride in the Grand Prix Special CDI3* thanks to a score of 72.383%, which was just enough to edge out second-place finisher Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) on Alcazar, who finished on a score of 71.979%.
“It feels really good [to be back]. We’re sad the owners can’t be here with us because of COVID, but they’re supporting us from long distance, and I really appreciate them,” noted Lyle, concluding, “I feel really fortunate for everybody who is making this possible for us. I love having the CDI here in December, and I hope it continues. I think it’s great to be able to get out and to get one done before the regular season starts in January.”