The World Equestrian Center Dressage III CDI3* wrapped up competition on Sunday, April 18, with the final classes for CDI and national competition. In Arena 3, Lindsay Kellock (CAN) and Sebastien captured the win in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, while Kevin Kohmann (GER) and Five Star swept the Small Tour with a third win in the FEI Intermediate 1 Freestyle CDI3*.
It was the second win of the week for Kellock and Sebastien, who also won Friday’s Grand Prix CDI3*. They received a score of 72.021% in the Special, which is longer, more technical, and offers more challenging movements.
“The pirouettes to the one-tempis down centerline, that’s a difficult move,” Kellock agreed. “It’s just overall longer, so it’s harder for them to keep their power throughout. For this horse, it’s a good test because his strengths are his passage and his extended trot, and there is a lot of that in this test. He likes this test.”
Kellock felt that Sebastien improved from Friday’s grand prix and noted, “Sebastien again brought his ‘a’ game and tried his heart out for me. I just could not be happier. We had some great passage today and good pirouettes. My overall feeling was that I had more power in this test than I did in the grand prix. That showed in the score.”
Sebastien is a “very, very confident horse,” described Kellock of the 15-year-old Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit x Fidermark owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC. “He loves attention. He doesn’t always show it, but he always wants attention. My manager Meghan Donovan, is his number one caregiver, and he loves her to death. She is constantly giving him attention in every way. He’s a people horse for sure.”
Kellock was thrilled with her results this week in her first time at World Equestrian Center – Ocala.
“I think it’s an incredible facility,” she said. “The stabling is so nice, and the air-conditioning is a huge bonus. It’s also just great exposure for our horses to be able to compete in an indoor environment. We don’t have that a lot in North America, so that was great to know that my horse can come into an indoor and perform. I can’t wait to come back here and compete again. To be at WEC for the first time and win the first CDI here is pretty special.”
Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3* went to Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) and All In, a 16-year-old KWPN gelding by Tango x Damiro owned by Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and Marc Andre Beaulieu. They received a score of 71.936%.
Along with being the top amateur in the class, Jessica Howington (USA) placed third overall with Cavalia, her own 14-year-old KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall x I.P.S. Gribaldi, with a score of 71.447%.
Small Tour Sweep for Kohmann and Five Star
Kohmann and Five Star danced their way to a score of 75.350% in the FEI Intermediate 1 Freestyle CDI3*. This marked their 14th win together, 11 of which have come in the 2021 winter season. This was their fourth freestyle win, and the music and choreography were compliments of Kohmann’s good friend and student, Jody Stoudenmier.
“She was nice enough to give me the music when we needed the music to qualify for Regionals, so that we could ride it one time,” explained Kohmann. “The music suited the horse so well that we just kept it. It has worked out fantastically.
“I just made some small adjustments,” he continued about the freestyle and choreography. “It suits him because it’s big music, plus everything suits this horse. When he moves, I can control the tempo and speed of it. He is very adjustable. It’s nice and easy with him to do.”
Sunday’s freestyle score is not the highest they have received because, as Kohmann noted, “I tried to do some bold things that didn’t quite work out.”
This final win together at the show was bittersweet for Kohmann, who teared up while listening to his native country’s anthem for the final time while riding for Germany. Kohmann, who is 32 and originally from Pansdorf, Germany, recently received citizenship for the United States and will ride under the USA flag in future competitions.
“I’m happy we won today, and I got to hear it one more time,” he said. “Thank you, Five Star.”
This class also marked the end of the Small Tour for Five Star. The plan is to move into national Intermediate-2 classes and then grand prix tests.
“We want to do it the right way and don’t want to rush into it,” said Kohmann. “At home I can already do it, but as we all know, doing it at home and doing it at the show is a big difference.”
Second place in the freestyle went to Anna Marek (USA) riding Felissirana, an 11-year-old KWPN mare by Belissimo M x Prestige VDL owned by Alise Carrico, with a score of 74.975%.
Sarah Lockman (USA) rode Balia, a nine-year-old Westphalian mare by Belissimo x Florestan I owned by Summit Farm, to third place and 73.983%.
With his freestyle victory, Kohmann also won the Small Tour championship and a trip aboard the CaptiveOne Advisors yacht, “Reel Captivating.” The Small Tour reserve champions were Anna Marek and Felissirana.
The champion of the Amateur Tour of the CDI was Taryn Hartnett riding Edward, while Cynthia Davila and Fayvel were reserve champions. Jillian Sheppard and Bahai took the championship in the Young Rider Tour, and Brooke Mancusi rode Grand Amour to the reserve championship. Nicole Scarpino and Lambada 224 were the Under 25 Tour champions, and Kerrigan Gluch with Vaquero HGF won the reserve championship.
The World Equestrian Center Dressage III CDI3* has concluded, but international dressage competition will return to World Equestrian Center – Ocala with the World Equestrian Center Dressage IV CDI-W on October 21-24, 2021, and World Equestrian Center Dressage V CDI-W on December 9-12, 2021.
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Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*
Maria Colliander (FIN) at E score, William Warren (USA) at H score, Agnieszka Majewska (POL) at C score, Marian Cunningham (PER) at M score, Cesar Lopardo-Grana (ARG) at B score, Total Score
1 Sebastien: 2006 Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit x Fidermark owned by Enterprise Farm Equestrian LLC and Lindsay Kellock
Lindsay Kellock (CAN): 71.170, 72.553, 72.128, 73.298, 70.957, 72.021%
2 All In: 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango x Damiro owned by Brittany Fraser and Marc Andre Beaulieu
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN): 73.191, 70.745, 71.596, 73.404, 70.745, 71.936%
3 Cavalia: 2007 KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall x I.P.S. Gribaldi owned by Jessica Howington
Jessica Howington (USA): 70.957, 71.170, 72.128, 71.596, 71.383, 71.447%
4 Eclips: 2009 KWPN gelding by Apache x Olympic Ferro owned by Barbara Soederhuizen and Chris Von Martels
Chris Von Martels (CAN): 70.319, 70.532, 71.064, 70.106, 72.012, 70.809%
5 Arthur: 2005 KWPN gelding by Jazz x Contango owned by Jill Irving
Jill Irving (CAN): 68.617, 68.298, 68.936, 71.489, 67.128, 68.894%
6 WGangster Girl: 2003 American Warmblood mare by Sieger x Inxcess owned by Sally Seaver
Nora Batchelder (USA): 67.128, 69.362, 67.447, 68.298, 67.766, 68.000%
Final Results: FEI Intermediate 1 Freestyle CDI3*
Marian Cunningham (PER) at E score, Agnieszka Majewska (POL) at C score, Maria Colliander (FIN) at M score, Total Score
1 Five Star: 2010 KWPN stallion by Amazing Star x Jazz owned by Equitas LLC
Kevin Kohmann (GER): 73.750, 76.125, 76.175, 75.350%
2 Felissirana: 2010 KWPN mare by Belissimo M x Prestige VDL owned by Alise Carrico
Anna Marek (USA): 75.875, 74.250, 74.800, 74.975%
3 Balia: 2012 Westphalian mare by Belissimo x Florestan I owned by Summit Farm
Sarah Lockman (USA): 75.125, 72.375, 74.450, 73.983%
4 Dondolo: 2011 Oldenburg gelding by Don Diamond FBW x Rohdiamant owned by Jill Vonderhaar
Nora Batchelder (USA): 69.500, 73.100, 74,000, 72.200%
5 Domani: 2009 Hanoverian gelding by Dimaggio x Feiner Graf owned by Melissa Jackson
Melissa Jackson (USA): 68.625, 67.650, 70,000, 68.758%
6 Eye Catcher: 2009 KWPN gelding by Dreamcatcher x Olympic Ferro owned by Karen Young
Ivo Juhrend (NED): 63.625, 69.825, 67.250, 66.900%
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