Iberian Horses Reign Supreme on Saturday at AGDF

Kerrigan Gluch & Mejorano HGF. Picture © SusanJStickle.com.

It was a protracted and nail-biting look forward to Kerrigan Gluch (USA) to find that she had gained the Honest Sky Farm CDI3* Grand Prix Particular. She was first to go, mid-morning, on Saturday of week 10 of the 2023 Adequan® World Dressage Competition (AGDF) in Wellington, FL. When the category completed, mid-afternoon, Gulch’s title was nonetheless atop the leaderboard with Mejorano HGF and their rating of 68.872%. That included some large names, like Morgan Barbançon — winner of the qualifying Grand Prix on Thursday with Bolero — whose performances couldn’t higher Gluch’s.

Susan Dutta and Don Design DC, the Dutta Corp.’s 13-year-old gelding by Der Designer, completed second with 68.702%. Korean rider Dong Sean Kim continues to be attending to know his new acquisition, Galleria’s Bohemian. The 13-year-old gelding by Bordeaux completed fourth within the freestyle closing on the Tokyo Olympics beneath Denmark’s Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour. That is simply Kim’s second CDI on Bohemian, and their first Grand Prix Particular collectively. They scored 68.574% for the yellow ribbon.

Mejorano was bred by his homeowners, Hampton Inexperienced Farm. Gluch started her profession there as a working pupil 11 years in the past, after which graduated right into a sponsored rider. Having recognized Mejorano as a younger horse, Gluch then picked up the trip full-time three years in the past, and their partnership goes from power to power.

“He’s a unprecedented horse, tremendous gifted in all facets of the grand prix,” stated the 26-year-old. “I’ve actually been centered on the movement of all the pieces – out and in of transitions – so all the pieces had a whole lot of concord and that was the primary aim for this weekend, and I feel I achieved that. My piaffe/passage tour was fairly easy and I used to be pleased with how the adjustments felt within the ring. It’s a really lengthy take a look at, however I used to be in a position to settle in and luxuriate in it.

“Mejarano is a product of the breeding within the States that we try for. It’s particular to have the ability to do it with him realizing that he was born right here and present that off. He tries his coronary heart out for me each time,” added the Ocala-based Gluch, who has lately began coaching with fellow Ocala rider, Shelly Francis, after years coaching with Charlotte Bredahl.

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