Tuesday, April 5, 2011
April 5, 2011
This week, at the final CDI-W in the United States, Jan Ebeling secured his trip to the 2011 Reem Acra World Cup Final with Rafalca. The pair won the Grand Prix at the Festival of the Horse CDI-W in Burbank, CA on a score of 69.298%. Guenter Seidel and U II were second with 65.830% and Shannon Peters rounded out the top three with Odyssey on a score of 65.766%. Ebeling kept the winning going, scoring again in the Grand Prix Freestyle. He was the only rider to receive marks above 70 from all five judges, making his final score 73.025% with Rafalca. Kathleen Raine was second on Breanna and Alisa Wilson and Weltclassiker was third. In the Grand Prix Special, Shannon Peters found her way to the top of the leaderboard. She rode Odyssey to a score of 64.208%, beating Seidel and U II and Barbi Breen-Gurley on Octango.
On the small tour - Steffen Peters continued to produce an exciting new star in Weltino's Magic. The pair swept the division winning the Prix St Georges, the Intermediaire I and the Freestyle. The Prix St Georges marked their narrowest margin of victory, as Guenter Seidel kept Peters working for his prizes. Weltino's Magic scored 75.395% to win, and Seidel and Sundayboy scored 73.596%. Ebeling was third, this time with Sandrina. In the Intermediaire I, Peters and Weltino's Magic scored even better, this time a 77.237% over Seidel and Sundayboy who finished on 75.000%, Peters was also third on Pallas. Weltino's Magic then dominated the Freestyle, scoring 79.417%. Ebeling and Sandrina were second. Jessica Wisdom was third with North Forks Cardi.
All the results are available here: http://www.cornerstonedressage.com/results/2011_5.pdf
In Portugal, at the CAIP-B 4 Lezirias-Samora Correia, American Four-in-Hand Pony Driver Laurie Astegiano drove to second place in her division. Astegiano, who lives in Roussac, France, was second following the dressage phase and won the Marathon. She finished twelve points behind Belgian Mia Allo but Astegiano and her team were well clear of third place finisher Gilles Moussu of France. Astegiano is vying for a spot on the U.S. Team at the Pony World Driving Championships.
Results are available here: http://www.hoefnet.nl/uitslagen/2011/POR/COMPANHIA%20DAS%20LEZIRIAS/overall.pdf
The second American CIC3* of 2011 kicked off on the West Coast last weekend, and Allie Slusher rode Last Call to top honors at the Galway Downs Event. Slusher won the dressage on a 43 and added just one rail in the show jumping to win on a 47, narrowly beating out her coach, Canadian Olympic Hawley Bennett-Awad, on Gin & Juice. James Alliston (GBR) and his Rolex Kentucky-bound Jumbo's Jake were third on a score of 53.6.
Allie Slusher and Last Call
Josh Walker/USEA Photo
In the CIC2* Bennett-Awad took top honors on
5 O'Clock Somewhere, adding just one rail to her winning dressage score of 43.4. Anna Collier and Upper Crust D were second on 48.8, Lauren Billys and Ballingowan Ginger rounded out the top three.
The CIC1* was close throughout the weekend, and when the dust settled, Karen O'Neal was on top of the leaderboard with Rafflasia Z. Two jumping time faults were the only penalties they added to their dressage score of 47. Jolie Wentworth was second on Bratton Little John with 52.3 and Gina Miles and Sunsprite Patronus were third - they won the dressage but had two show jumps down.
Results are available here: http://eventingscores.com/eventsr/galway/ht0411/