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Scores and Temperatures in the Seventies- A Perfect Ending for the Zada WEF Dressage Classic CDI
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The Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic CDI never missed a beat as the show wrapped up today with 5 hours of musical freestyle performances that served as the grand finale for four days of fantastic dressage. Spectators lingered after the last musical freestyle of the afternoon as if hoping for an encore, but today’s performances would be hard to repeat. In the biggie, the $2500 CDI Grand Prix Freestyle, six-time Olympian, Robert Dover held on to the top spot, riding Jane Forbes Clark’s FBW Kennedy to a winning score of 76.950%. “He was a little tense,” explained Dover, “He made those little mistakes at the beginning and end of the ride. But he is getting real confident and we had a great Grand Prix earlier this week and overall we have had a really great, great season.”
Second in the Grand Prix Freestyle went to Leslie Morse and TipTop 962 who had the spectator’s cheering before she completed her final salute. Morse and her dynamic stallion finished just shy of Dover with a score of 76.450%. Third place went to another of the show’s superstars, Ashley Holzer on Imperioso with a score of 74.525%. Fourth went to Canadian teammate, Shannon Dueck on Korona with a score of 73.225%, followed by still another Canadian team member, Evi Strasser on Quantum Tyme with a score of 73.050%. American, George Williams riding Marnix took the sixth place spot with a score of 70.925%.
Dover and Morse also topped the leader boards in the $1500 CDI Grand Prix. Again, Robert Dover and FBW Kennedy were the winners with a commanding score of 74.875%. This time their score left them a little breathing room, with Leslie Morse and Kingston finishing second with a score of 72.542% and Morse on Tip Top 962 finishing third with a score of 69.333%.
Other Grand Prix stars over the weekend included Michael Barisone and Neruda who won the $1250 CDI Grand Prix Special with a score of 68.960%. Catherine Morelli and her Dutch gelding, BeSe enjoyed dual Grand Prix victories this weekend. The pair won the $1000 Grand Prix Special with a score of 66.200% and $1000 Open Grand Prix with a score of 65.000%. Morelli was very pleased with the wins as this is BeSe’s first season competing at the Grand Prix.
The Intermediaire division of the WEF Dressage Classic was also very competitive and the best of the best vied for the top placings. Leading the pack was Olympian, Michelle Gibson riding Elite European Sport Horse’s, Lex Barker to a big win in the $1000 CDI Intermediaire-I with a score of 71.300%. In the $1250 Intermediaire-II, Canadian, Ashley Holzer took the blue riding Gambol to a score of 67.805%. Yvonne Losos de Muniz of the Dominican Republic won the $1000 Intermediaire-I riding Bernstein Las Marismas, her 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding with a score of 64.750%. Oded Shimoni took the victory in the other $1000 Intermediaire-I class riding Wasmut to a score of 68.250%. And in the today’s $2000 CDI Intermediaire Freestyle the winner was again
Ashley Holzer, this time riding Pop Art to a score of 74.475%.
Holzer and Pop Art were also the victors in the $1000 CDI Prix St. Georges with a decisive score of 71.350%. And Holzer won the $1000 Open Prix St. Georges riding her other gelding, Jornello to a score of 67.125%. Silke Rembacz riding Sheila Buchbinder’s DaCapo also won a $1000 Open Prix St. George class with a score of 65.500%.
The Fourth Level division was also hotly contended and Lars Petersen riding Melissa Taylor Yee’s Dacardo racked up two victories, winning the Fourth Level Test One with a 70.233% and the Fourth Level Test Two with a 70.465%. The pair also won the High Score Fourth Level Championship for the show, with Catherine Morelli and Sitni finishing Res. Champion with a score of 70.233%. Meanwhile, John Zopatti riding Mitchell and Julia Vysniauskas riding Papillion had their own head to head competition in the division. These two tied for third place in both the Fourth Level Test One Class with scores of 69.767% and again in the Fourth Level Test Two class with scores of 69.032%. At last on Sunday, Zopatti was able to inch ahead and win the Fourth Level Test Three class with a score of 68.043%. Vysniauskas finished second with a score of 66.739%. Both good natured competitors seemed relieved to finally break their tied scores!
Other High Score Champions of the show were First Level Champions, Jon Brons and Tornado (74.444%) and Reserve Champions, Linda Smith and Romme (74.074%). Jacqueline Brooks and Balmoral took Second Level High Score Champion honors (71.316%) and Reserve Champions were Barbara Ulbrich and Don Astaire (70.270%).
Third Level High Score Champions were Bill Warren and Romantic (70.889%) and Reserve Champions Jessica Kozel and Absolute Power (78.000%).
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Photo Credit; Robert Dover on Kennedy, Photo by Susan J. Stickle