USA 1 Leading Wellington Nations Cup After 1st Day, Spain 2nd, USA 2 3rd

The United States' Adrienne Lyle and Wizard in the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The United States’ Adrienne Lyle and Wizard in the Wellington Nations Cup. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 19, 2014-The United States led by the Olympic combination of Adrienne Lyle and Wizard were in the lead midway through the Wellington Nations Cup, but 16-year-old Juan Matute, Jr. on Don Diego Ymas led Spain to second place in the unique mixed-format event.

Riding on her first team as the pair went to the Olympics as an individual, Adrienne of Ketchum, Idaho and Wizard scored 71.600 per cent, the only score above 70 per cent in the Grand Prix division.

Juan Matute and Don Diego rode the Prix St. Georges and scored 71.658 per cent, the highest in that division while his teenage sister, Paula, and Tarpan Ymas also were on the team. Leida Collins Strijk of the Netherlands and West Side the only other combination above 70 per cent with 70.237 per cent.

The Stillpoint CDIO3* Nations Cup is made up of St. Georges and Grand Prix on the first day and Intermediate 1 and Grand Prix Special the second day with the combined scores deciding the medals. Grand Prix combinations get an 1.5 per cent bonus for each of the two rides.

After the first day, the placings were:

1. USA 1 – 212.802
2. Spain – 206.895
3. USA 2 – 205.853
4. Canada 1 – 204.339
5. Canada 2 – 199.606
6. Australia – 199.183
7. Netherlands – 196.395
8. Colombia – 185.971
Germany – 134.289 (2 combinations, 3rd eliminated)

The German team was eliminated when blood was detected in the mouth of Campanero 12 ridden by Maria Kaldewei. The team had only three combinations.

Two teams from a single nation–Canada and the United States each have two teams–can win medals but the results of the team nominated in advance by the national federation will earn points for the global Nations Cup series standings.

The USA 1 team was made up of Adrienne and Wizard, Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and Calecto V with 69.860 per cent, Shawna Harding of Aiken, South Carolina and Rigo on 68.342 per cent and and Silva Martin of Cochranville, Pennsylvania and Rosa Cha W on 66.632 per cent. The top three scores count.

Juan and Don Diego scored 71.658 per cent while Carlos Munoz on Klouseau scored 69.026 per cent, Paula Matute and Tarpan Ymas on 66.211 and Marta Renilla and Presumido on 60.920 per cent.

Spain received the most fan support of any of the teams.

Spain's Juan Matute, Jr. on Don Diego Ymas was the top scoring Prix St. Georges combinations in the Wellington Nations Cup of two phases over two days. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Spain’s Juan Matute, Jr. on Don Diego Ymas was the top scoring Prix St. Georges combinations in the Wellington Nations Cup of two phases over two days. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“We’re very passionate about our flag and about our team,” he said. “I think it’s great because when you go in the ring and you hear that audience in the back, that team that supports you and that screams your name, it really puts you in the mood and it helps when you’re in the ring. It gives you more confidence,” Matute, Jr. described.

Spanish supporters. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-nes.com

Spanish supporters. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-nes.com

The Wellington Nations Cup kicks off the 2014 global circuit of six events, the other five being in Europe.

Adrienne has been riding Wizard for eight years but the horse was out of commission for most of 2013 afteran injury.

“He feels 110 per cent,” Adrienne said, “a better place than last season, a lot more honest, a lot more rideable. He’s getting more consistent.

“A lot of it with him is just managing him, mentally and physically; giving him days off after the shows and touching briefly in and out with our schooling.”

She acknowledged the is extra pressure associated with competing in a team format and welcomed the challenge and excitement of the Nations Cup.

“It’s different, and it’s really fun I think. The camaraderie [is great]… Just to have everyone there at the ringside for your rides and know that they’re rooting for you. It’s obviously a little bit more pressure, but it’s a fun pressure and I enjoy it,” she said

Results:

Grand Prix – CDIO3*
E: Gribbons – USA H: Armando – ARG C: Torrente – COL M: MacDonald – CAN B: Jena – SWE
Rider Ctzn Horse Breed Birth Year E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. Total
Lyle, Adrienne USA Wizard OLD 1999 72.600 1 71.300 1 71.700 1 68.400 6 74.000 1 71.600
Konyot, Tina USA Calecto V Danish Warmblood 1998 71.000 2 69.300 3 67.100 4 71.900 1 70.000 2 69.860
Francis, Shelly USA Doktor OLD 2003 68.200 5 70.500 2 71.000 2 70.600 3 67.900 5 69.640
Trussell, Belinda CAN Anton Sachsen 2000 68.600 4 65.700 7 69.400 3 70.700 2 69.400 4 68.760
Haddad-Staller, Catherine USA Mane Stream Hotmail Oldenburg 2002 69.700 3 68.800 4 66.900 5 68.500 5 69.400 3 68.660
Layne, Kelly AUS Udon P Kwpn 2001 67.500 6 67.200 5 66.800 6 68.600 4 66.100 6 67.240
Vaughan, Joanne GEO Elmegarden’s Marquis DWB 1999 61.400 8 66.400 6 64.600 7 64.900 7 62.000 8 63.860
Schwarz, Ilse AUS Cadenza OLD 2000 61.500 7 62.900 8 63.000 8 62.800 9 63.300 7 62.700
Renilla, Marta ESP Presumido P.r.e. 2003 58.800 9 62.200 9 58.800 10 63.500 8 61.300 9 60.920
Bernal, Marco COL Rossini 234 WEST 2000 55.100 10 58.800 10 59.300 9 59.800 10 61.200 10 58.840
Kaldewei, Maria GER Companero 12 HANN 1998 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000

 

Prix St. Georges – CDIO3*
E: Gribbons – USA H: Armando – ARG C: Torrente – COL M: MacDonald – CAN B: Jena – SWE
Rider Ctzn Horse Breed Birth Year E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T
Matute Jr., Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas HANN 2003 73.289 1 68.947 3 72.105 1 71.974 1 71.974 1 71.658
Collins-Strijk, Leida NED West Side KWPN 2003 70.921 2 68.553 4 71.579 2 70.526 2 69.605 2 70.237
Munoz, Carlos ESP Klouseau TRAK 2001 68.158 5 70.658 1 70.789 3 69.079 4 66.447 12 69.026
Harding, Shawna USA Rigo HANN 2001 68.421 4 67.237 6 68.816 4 67.763 10 69.474 3 68.342
Kohmann, Kevin GER Zephyr KWPN 2004 68.684 3 66.711 9 68.816 4 67.368 14 67.763 7 67.868
Tigchelaar, Patrick NED Davidor 4 HANN 2005 66.974 6 69.079 2 66.053 15 66.711 15 68.816 4 67.526
Von Martels, Chris CAN Zilverstar KWPN 2004 65.658 11 67.368 5 66.974 11 67.763 10 67.500 8 67.053
Dvorak, Tom CAN Ribot OLD 2002 66.053 9 66.974 8 67.105 10 68.421 6 66.711 11 67.053
Lane, Megan CAN San D’Or WEST 2006 65.395 13 67.237 6 67.895 6 66.447 16 68.158 6 67.026
Irving, Jill CAN Dio Mio HANN 2003 66.579 8 66.053 12 65.921 17 68.684 5 66.842 9 66.816
Fraser, Brittany CAN All In KWPN 2005 65.132 14 66.711 9 67.895 6 68.289 8 65.526 14 66.711
Martin, Silva USA Rosa Cha W WarmBlood 2006 65.921 10 64.737 17 67.763 8 67.895 9 66.842

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