Frederic Wandres & Bluetooth OLD. Photograph © SusanJStickle.com.
Two courses brimming with expertise highlighted opening day of the Adequan® World Dressage Pageant (AGDF) Week 5. The Centerline Stables CDI1* Prix St. Georges and Havensafe Farm CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix set the tone in Wellington, FL. A person who isn’t any stranger to victory, Frederic Wandres (GER) aboard Bluetooth OLD, a 2010 Oldenburg (Bordeaux x Riccione), really stole the present with their spectacular rating of 74.913%. A really aggressive runner-up rating went to France’s Morgan Babançon aboard Bolero scoring a 71.782%, and third went to Ashley Holzer (USA) and Valentine who weren’t far behind ending on a rating of 71.174%.
Whereas extremely proud, an ever-humble Wandres admitted that he and Bluetooth OLD nonetheless having room for enchancment earlier than attaining much more success. “I believed as we speak went a lot better than the final time CDI right here. He was just a little extra recent and ahead, despite the fact that the climate is just a little bit hotter than final time. There are nonetheless many issues to develop, however general, it was good. He confirmed consistency in a take a look at like this, and I believed this world cup qualification right here was most likely the strongest thus far, so I’m very blissful.”
Alexander Yde Helgstrand Takes the Highlight
All eyes had been on Denmark’s Alexander Yde Helgstrand and Belantis in the course of the opening class of AGDF 5 on Thursday morning because the dynamic pair received the Centerline Stables CDI1* Prix St. Georges.
A powerful lineup of twenty-six horses and riders got here collectively for the CDI1*. Solely three pairs scored within the 70s, together with Amanda Perkowski (USA) and Sontana MF, who positioned third with a 70.196%, and Charlotte Jorst (USA) scored a 70.392% aboard Zhaplin Langholt. Nonetheless, the very best rating of 72.206%, a private greatest rating, went to Alexander Yde Helgstrand (DEN) and Belantis, a 2009 DSP gelding (Benetton Dream Frh 1301 x Expo’se) owned by Helgstrand Dressage USA.
Helgstrand was past happy together with his horse’s efficiency. They’ve been a crew for about two years and all of their laborious work, mixed with a powerful partnership, appears to be paying off. “Immediately, among the highlights got here from my trot. I felt like I had a very good trot, which is one thing now we have been working actually laborious on at residence, so I used to be very happy to see that come collectively.”
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