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USG FlexiVest

March 19, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

KL Select’s mandate is to feature ‘only the best’, and in line with that philosophy, they now offer the Flexi Protective Vest, nicknamed the “bodyguard”, one of the newest developments from USG (United Sportsproducts Germany). Dorothea Carters, Managing Partner at KL Select, remarked that when researching body protectors, “We were appalled that many of the safety vests on the market today are not ASTM approved or tested, and to avoid that costly testing are marketed as ‘vests’ – which is misleading to the American rider”. As trend setters, we here at KL Select recognize that it is only a matter of time before ASTM-approved Body Protectors are mandatory in certain competitions.

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The Flexi vest offers the latest innovations in safety, comfort and fashion for riders. The vest meets the highest European safety standard – Level 3 EN 13158- 2009 and for US ASTM F1937-04, SEI approved. The ASTM Certification is a special production and only available in the USA. It has been proven and tested that wearing a body protector that is made of flexible parts, instead of one rigid form, gives the rider a wide range of motion and agility. The Flexi vest fits the rider like a second skin and does not hinder the rider or their performance in any way. The “USG Flexi” is ergonomically cut, fits every body shape and is very light. The cover material is stain–resistant and to clean the vest, simply wipe with a damp clean cloth. The hook and loop fasteners at the waist and shoulder allow for a perfect fit every time. A fashionable and functional cover with bow is included. “USG Flexi” is available in black for kids M – XL and adults in sizes S – XL. It is light and comfortable to wear providing much needed protection.”

MSRP is $238 (Adult) & ($219) Children
Contact KL Select info@klselect.com or 860 437 7232 (9 to 5 EST)

Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic Named 2013 Dressage Canada Owner of the Year

November 09, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Ottawa, ON, November 9, 2013 — Dressage Canada is pleased to announce that Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic of Brampton, ON, has been named the 2013 Dressage Canada ‘Owner of the Year’.

 

Having left the world of riding in her youth, Kinzinger-Miculinic decided to rejoin the equestrian community in 2010 on her 50th birthday. In her search for an instructor, she came across David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, who now rides two of her well-known Grand Prix horses, Don Kontes her 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Don Schufro; first purchased by Marcus for Kinzinger-Miculinic to ride, and Chrevi’s Capital her 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Chrevi’s Cavallo. Marcus began campaigning both horses at the Grand Prix level in 2012, the same year Chrevi’s Capital would make his Olympic debut under Marcus at the London Games. In the works are two promising mounts, Betrina, a seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare and Don Altena, another Dutch Warmblood that is campaigning in FEI Five-year-old classes. In addition, Kinzinger-Miculinic enjoys breeding and has broodmares and young stock in Canada and Europe who will eventually make their way to Olympian Marcus’ program for evaluation.

 

As an owner, she fulfills her wish to be more involved with horses on a day to day basis but it is her passion for the sport that prompted her to extend her commitment to the national dressage program in Canada by developing the Canadian Dressage Athlete Assistance Program (C-DAAP) in conjunction with many riders and owners. Equine Canada adopted the program dedicated to assisting riders financially in reaching their high performance goals. C-DAAP was born out of Kinzinger-Miculinic’s realization of how expensive it is for athletes to train, qualify, prepare and compete for Canada internationally. She recognized a need to support Canada’s dressage talent and is working diligently to ensure funds will be available to them in their efforts to be counted among the best competitors the world.

 

“I am deeply honoured that Dressage Canada selected me as Owner of the Year. There are many owners in Canadian dressage equally as deserving of such an acknowledgement, many of whom who have taken the time to teach me “little by little” the intricate world of dressage. Their mentorship, friendship and dedication to positive change have helped inspire me to try and make a difference.

 

Going forward, my commitment to dressage through the newly created C-DAAP (Canadian Dressage Athlete’s Assistance Program) is unwavering. By working hand in hand with others to support our riders, creating opportunities for them to reach their goals with new innovative programs and by providing sustainable funding, Canadian dressage will be recognized as a leader in the sport.

 

Once again, my deepest gratitude goes to all of the friends and family who have been so supportive and to Dressage Canada for this wonderful award. Finally, to David Marcus and my horses, thank you for allowing me to part of this incredible journey for whom this would not be possible,” commented Kinzinger-Miculinic.

 

Deborah Miculinic Kinzinger named 2013 Dressage Canada 'Owner of the Year'. [Left to right] Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic, Vel Miculinic, David Marcus aboard Chrevi's Capital. Photo Credit- Cealy Tetley

Deborah Miculinic Kinzinger named 2013 Dressage Canada ‘Owner of the Year’. [Left to right] Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic, Vel Miculinic, David Marcus aboard Chrevi’s Capital.
Photo Credit- Cealy Tetley

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About Dressage Canada

Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada’s objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules & qualifying criteria, sport development, publications & awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd.

 

David Marcus Leading $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup After Opening Night Win

November 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Ottawa, ON, November 6, 2013 — David Marcus of Campbellville, ON came out on top of the first phase of the $20,0000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup on Nov. 6 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.

 

The Royal Invitational Dressage Cup is a gold-level Equine Canada dressage competition held annually at the Royal Horse Show. Each year the top four Canadian riders in the FEI World Dressage Rankings are invited to attend. The competition takes place over two days, starting with a Grand Prix test before moving on to the crowd favourite Grand Prix Freestyle.

 

Marcus and his 2012 Olympic mount Chrevi’s Capital (a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic) won the Grand Prix test after earning the top score of the day, having received 70.00% from the panel of three FEI-level judges, Joan Macartney, Elizabeth McMullen, and Cara Whitham.

 

“I think overall (Chrevi’s Capital) just did a very nice, clean, conservative test, which was my goal for today,” said Marcus, who became a Canadian citizen in 2011 and joined the Canadian Dressage Team for the first time ever at the 2012 Olympic Games. “It’s his second-ever indoor show. The first one was here last year, and he was a bit nervous, so I just wanted him to get really confident, which I think he did. It’s a small environment here and some of the other horses were nervous tonight, so for him to have come from being nervous in competition to this performance, I was really happy.”

 

Taking second place on a score of 67.801% was 2007 Pan American Games Team Silver Medalist Diane Creech of Caistor Centre, ON aboard Devon L, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Louise and Doug Leatherdale.

 

Canadian Equestrian Team veteran and 10-time Canadian Dressage League World Cup Finalist Evi Strasser of Sainte-Adele, QC earned third place. Riding her 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding Action Tyme, Strasser was awarded a score of 63.901%.

 

David Marcus of Campbellville, ON and his 2012 London Olympics mount Chrevi's Capital won the Grand Prix phase of the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup on Nov. 6 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.   Photo Credit - Cealy Tetley

David Marcus of Campbellville, ON and his 2012 London Olympics mount Chrevi’s Capital won the Grand Prix phase of the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup on Nov. 6 at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON.
Photo Credit – Cealy Tetley

Close behind with a score of 63.014% for fourth place was Jacqueline Brooks of Cedar Valley, ON aboard her 2012 London Olympics partner, D Niro, a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Mary Brooks of Brookhaven Dressage Inc.

 

All four riders will move forward to the Grand Prix Freestyle on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m., which acts as phase two of the competition. At the completion of the freestyle, the rider with the best two-night combined result will be appointed the overall winner of the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, sponsored by Deborah Kinzinger-Miculinic.

 

“I’m confident going into the freestyle. I’ve got a great George Michael freestyle by Joost Peters from Holland that’s fairly new. But I’ve done it a few times with him and it’s done really well,” commented Marcus. “The judges seem to really like it, and I really like it, so I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a fun night.”

 

For more information on the $20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, visit www.royalfair.org.

 

$20,000 Royal Invitational Dressage Cup – Grand Prix – Final Results

Placing / Rider / Horse / Score

1 / David Marcus / Chevri’s Capital / 70.000%

2 / Diane Creech / Devon L / 67.801%

3 / Evi Strasser / Action Tyme / 63.901%

4 / Jacqueline Brooks / D Niro / 63.014%

 

About Dressage Canada 
Dressage Canada, as a committee of Equine Canada, is the national governing body for dressage in Canada. Dressage Canada’s objective is to foster the growth of dressage and the pursuit of excellence in the sport at the local, national and international levels. Dressage Canada provides support and guidance to both amateur and professional through the following programs: coaching education and programs, officials’ education and programs, rules and qualifying criteria, sport development, and publications and awards. For more information about Dressage Canada, please visit the  Dressage section of the Equine Canada site or connect with us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/dressagecanada or Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/lp8cnd.

David Marcus Scores Grand Prix Hattrick at CDI3* Rockwood

June 17, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Rockwood, Ontario – Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, made a clean sweep of the grand prix division at the CDI3* Angelstone International Dressage Tournament held June 14 through 16 in Rockwood, ON.  Riding his 2012 London Olympic mount, Chrevi’s Capital, Marcus won both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle while Don Kontes stood in the winner’s circle following the Grand Prix Special.

 

Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital topped a nine-horse starting field with a score of 69.81% earned from the five-member panel of international judges.  Riding Don Kontes, Marcus took third place with a score of 66.62%, finishing behind his 2012 London Olympic teammate Jacqueline Brooks and D Niro who scored 67.51%.  Both of Marcus’s horses are owned by Deborah Kinzinger.

 

“Capital hasn’t shown since February, so it was nice to get him back in the show ring,” said Marcus, 32.  “He felt fresh and happy in his job.  It was a nice, clean test.  It was fairly conservative, but since he hadn’t shown in a while, my goal was simply to go in and have no mistakes.”

 

Both the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle were held on Saturday evening in front of hundreds of spectators.  Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Weinberg), rode their musical freestyle for the third time in competition, having debuted their new program at the prestigious CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach in January.  Compiled by Joost Peters of The Netherlands and featuring the music of George Michael and WHAM!, their freestyle performance earned the winning score of 72.73% to hold off Brooks and D Niro with 72.33%.

 

“David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital won the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI3* Angelstone International Dressage Tournament held June 14 through 16 in Rockwood, ON.” Photo Credit – Mary White, Lone Oak Equine Photography

“David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital won the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle at the CDI3* Angelstone International Dressage Tournament held June 14 through 16 in Rockwood, ON.”
Photo Credit – Mary White, Lone Oak Equine Photography

 

“I love his new Freestyle,” said Marcus.  “It wasn’t without mistakes, so there are still a lot more points in there for him.  The high degree of difficulty in our choreography is really the highlight of this freestyle.”

 

Especially poignant for Marcus was being presented with the inaugural Jon Costin Memorial Cup as the winner of the Grand Prix Freestyle.  A successful and extremely popular Canadian grand prix dressage competitor, Costin died unexpectedly in May.

 

“Jon was a good friend of mine, so it meant a lot to me to win the trophy created in his honour,” said Marcus.  “I would also like to thank Leatherdale Farms for sponsoring the entire grand prix division.  They are very supportive of dressage sport in Canada, and their generosity is greatly appreciated.  Of course, I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of my owner, Deb Kinzinger.”

 

Kinzinger was on hand to cheer Marcus to victory in the Freestyle, just as she had done earlier in the evening when Marcus piloted her Don Kontes to the win in the Grand Prix Special.  The pair earned a score of 67.94% to easily take the win over runner-up Evi Strasser of St. Adele, QC, and Renaissance Tyme, who scored 66.67%.

 

“Don Kontes felt the best he has ever felt, especially in the trot work,” said Marcus of the 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding by Don Schufro.  “Unfortunately, I made a mistake and we went off course so that brought our score down, but he is feeling stronger and more through.  His scores improved from Friday’s Grand Prix, so I was very happy with that.”

 

The pair earned scores of eight out of 10 for several movements in the Grand Prix Special test, including their passage and canter work.

 

“Since our last show in April, I’ve been working with him on the basics, getting him stronger and fitter,” explained Marcus, whose last competition with Don Kontes was as a member of Canada’s bronze medal team at the CDIO3* Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL.  “He’s getting better and better all the time.”

 

In addition to his own success, Marcus also coached Maya Markowski and her horse, Lumiere, to strong placings in the competitive CDI small tour division.  His partner, Nicholas Fyffe, competed at Third Level with Fiero HGF, owned by Robert Dover, in addition to helping Marcus on the ground.

 

For Marcus, the rest of the season will see him continue aiming Chrevi’s Capital towards the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) to be held next August in Normandy, France.

 

“Capital feels great, in his body and in his mind, and I’m looking forward to this year with him,” said Marcus, who plans to contest CDI events in Saugerties, New York, and Devon, Pennsylvania, later this season.  “Everything we do this year is in preparation for the World Equestrian Games next year.  We are trying to make the right plan to set him up mentally and physically to peak next year at the WEG.”

 

Marcus operates David Marcus Dressage in Campbellville, ON, just west of Toronto.  For more information, please visit www.davidmarcusdressage.com.

David Marcus Wraps-Up Successful Winter Season

April 19, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, wrapped up a highly successful winter season with a bronze medal performance as part of Team Canada 1 in the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup held April 11 to 14 as part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.

 

Riding Don Kontes, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic, Marcus put in an exciting performance in the Grand Prix on Friday, April 12 to help lead Canada to the podium. His teammates included Christilot Boylen riding Dio Mio, Brittany Fraser aboard All In and Evi Strasser with Action Tyme. Team USA 1 claimed the gold while Team USA 2 took home silver in the only Nations’ Cup competition held outside of Europe.

 

“It has been a tremendous season for both me and my students,” said Marcus. “The five months we’ve spent in Florida have gone by so quickly. I couldn’t be more pleased with how successful all of the horses were this winter.”

 

Marcus’s bronze medal performance was the latest in the long string of successes he has enjoyed over the winter competition season. Riding Chrevi’s Capital, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding also owned by Kinzinger Miculinic, Marcus topped the North American World Cup League after dominating the CDI-W Wellington Dressage in February. In the Grand Prix, he topped a starting field of 13 horses with a score of 70.34%, edging out Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson for the win. In the Grand Prix Freestyle, he performed his new musical program for just the second time in competition, earning an impressive score of 74.45% from the five-member panel of international judges to claim the top spot once again during the World Cup qualifying event.

 

Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital also received an invitation to the prestigious CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach in January where they were the sole Canadian representatives to advance to the Grand Prix Freestyle, placing sixth overall.

 

Don Kontes also proved to be a reliable partner for Marcus, with the pair winning the Grand Prix Freestyle during the CDI3* Sunshine Challenge in January on their score of 70.825% and finishing second in the Grand Prix.

David Marcus and Don Kontes led Team Canada 1 to a bronze medal at the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL. Photo by Sue Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com

David Marcus and Don Kontes led Team Canada 1 to a bronze medal at the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup in Wellington, FL.
Photo by Sue Stickle, www.susanjstickle.com

 

“Winning the World Cup qualifier with Capital was definitely one of the high points of the winter season for me, as was competing in the World Dressage Masters for the first time,” explained Marcus. “I was also really excited about representing Canada with Don Kontes. I gave both horses their time to shine and I think it worked out really well for us.”

 

Marcus’s students also proved successful during the winter season, earning tremendous results of their own.

“All of my students did very well during the winter circuit,” said Marcus. “Ally Dunlop made her debut at the Young Riders level and finished her season with a win at the International Horse Sports Champion Cup in March.

 

Maya Markowsk represented Canada for the first time as part of Team Canada 2 at the Wellington Nations’ Cup with Lumiere, finishing sixth. Lumiere is a great horse for Canada and I am really excited for their future together.”

Marcus credits his success in part to the amazing support he receives.

 

“Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic, who owns my horses, Robert Dover, who has been training me all winter, and Nicholas Fyffe, who is always a big help to me, helped make all of my success so far this season possible,” said Marcus. “I want to give them all a huge ‘thank you’ for supporting me this winter.”

 

With the winter competition circuit now over, Marcus will head home to Canada to give the horses a bit of a break before focusing on preparing for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

 

Marcus operates David Marcus Dressage in Campbellville, ON, just west of Toronto. For more information, please visit www.davidmarcusdressage.com.

 

United States Victorious in Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3* presented by Stillpoint Farm

April 15, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – April 13, 2013 – The highlight event of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) crowned its victors Friday afternoon at The Stadium of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Ten teams competed in the Wellington Nations Cup CDIO 3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm, including two from both the United States and Canada. Team USA 1 finished first with a total of 219.313 points. Team USA 2 was second with 208.675 points and Team Canada 1 rounded out the top three teams with 205.346 points.

 

The Nations Cup podium

The Nations Cup podium

 

Following the close of yesterday’s Nations Cup competition, a protest was filed by the Chef d’Equipe for Team Europe with the Appeals Committee for Mikala Munter Gundersen (DEN) of Team Europe on the judging of her ride. There was a meeting on Saturday morning at 9:30 am with the FEI Representative, The President of the Ground Jury, the FEI steward, the three members of the Appeals Committee – Lorraine MacDonald (CAN), Marian Cunningham (PER), and Sandy Hotz (USA) – the Team Europe Chef d’Equipe, and Mikala Munter Gundersen.

 

Lorraine MacDonald of the Appeals Committee stated, “We agreed that it was handled in a rider-friendly manner. It was an unfortunate situation, but the appeal was a non-appealable situation. The final decision rested with the President of the Ground Jury, Linda Zang. It ended in an amicable situation where everyone was clear with what happened, and the judges’ final decision was upheld.”

 

Judges for both classes yesterday were: Anne Gribbons at E, Joan Macartney at H, Linda Zang at C, Evi Eisenhardt at M, and Mirabel Alonso at B.

 

Watch an interview with Kim Herslow and Heather Blitz! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5PJr5g8IGI&feature=youtu.be

 

Team USA 1 included Prix St. Georges competitors Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin and Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O, in addition to Grand Prix competitors Heather Blitz and Paragon and Shelly Francis and Doktor. The team put in remarkably high scores throughout Friday’s competition, including the high scores for both classes of the Nations Cup competition. Herslow and Rosmarin earned the top score of the FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* class with an impressive 72.079%. Blitz and Paragon finished first in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-O 3* with a 71.021%. Blitz had another 3% added to her grand prix score with the new format of this Nations Cup competition to contribute a total score of 74.021% for the team competition.

 

Team USA 1: Kim Herslow, Heather Blitz, Caroline Roffman, and Shelly Francis

Team USA 1: Kim Herslow, Heather Blitz, Caroline Roffman, and Shelly Francis

 

For Herslow, it was an emotional experience to earn such high marks in her first senior team competition. “Everything’s been an exciting season for me down here [in Wellington]. First time on a team, first time doing CDIs, there’s been a lot of first times this season. I’m really proud that we were able to come down and be chosen on the team. My horse is eight and he’s got very little experience and it’s been a wonderful experience for both of us,” Herslow said. “For me to come in and be the first ride for the team and lay down a score like that…I was in tears when I walked out of the ring. It was really exciting for me. I was happy I was able to help the team in such a positive way.”

 

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin

 

Blitz’s mount, Paragon, also developed substantially this season in Wellington. “Now that’s he’s just turned ten years old, I think that he’s just coming into his own as a Grand Prix horse. I was really happy with how he was in the ring. He’s getting a lot more connected and more confident,” Blitz commented.

 

Blitz is eager to see where Paragon’s newfound confidence will take them, as she’s certain this is only the beginning of the Danish Warmblood gelding’s success. “I think in general it was one of my favorite tests I’ve had on him so far in the Grand Prix, and it’s still not anywhere where he’s going to be. There’s a lot left and I can’t wait to keep training him,” Blitz beamed.

 

Heather Blitz and Paragon

Heather Blitz and Paragon

 

Francis and her mount Doktor, a nine-year-old Oldenberg gelding owned by Patricia Stempel, are on an equally fortuitous path to success in their first year of Grand Prix competition together. Doktor had top finishes during the AGDF Wellington 5* and contributed a total score of 73.213% (with the 3% addition for a grand prix score) to the team.

 

“I really was very pleased with him today. He was really there and wanted to do everything really well. The pirouettes were better, his piaffe-passage was steadier, I was very happy with him,” Francis described.

 

Shelly Francis and Doktor

Shelly Francis and Doktor

 

For the first time in Nations Cup history, teams consisted of both Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix level horse and rider combinations as a precursor to raising the level of competition at the Pan American Games. While Friday’s competition served as a test for the newly formatted mixed teams, riders across the board agreed it was a success while working through the growing pains of new rules.

 

Roffman, who competed at the Prix St. Georges level for Team USA 1 and had a score of 69.684%, was eager to take part in team competition again and was pleased with the outcome of the new format. “I think it’s a great experience to be on a team and get that experience in such a fun atmosphere and at a great showgrounds. It’s wonderful to do and I think it’ll make a great format, however they end up working it out. It certainly worked well, I think,” she commented.

 

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O

 

Roffman’s fellow Americans on Team USA 2 echoed her sentiments, crediting the AGDF with fostering a great competition for the development of the sport.

 

Christopher Hickey credited the unique opportunity for international competition during the winter in Wellington. “There’s probably not very many other places in the world that a show could get ten teams to compete and I think that’s pretty special. I think dressage in Florida in the winter is a place that it is possible to get a number of teams like that and I think that’s a wonderful thing,” Hickey described.

 

Team USA 2: Susan Dutta, Justin Hardin, Christopher Hickey, Cesar Parra, with Leah Oliveto of the USEF

Team USA 2: Susan Dutta, Justin Hardin, Christopher Hickey, Cesar Parra, with Leah Oliveto of the USEF

 

Hickey also applauded the show management’s efforts to include competitor feedback in the process of bringing in a new format of competition. “The office and the management team [for the show] understand and know this is the first time this format has been done and everybody from the beginning wanted the competitors’ opinions on things. I think that shows competitors that [they] want it to be successful. I think that’s pretty special to this place,” Hickey acknowledged.

 

Team USA 2 consisted of Cesar Parra and Van the Man (total 72.043% grand prix score), Susan Dutta and Currency DC (total 65.915% grand prix score), Justin Hardin and Wyatt Star (68.395% Prix St. Georges score), and Christopher Hickey and Witness Hilltop (68.237% Prix St. Georges score).

 

Cesar Parra and Van the Man

Cesar Parra and Van the Man

 

Parra pointed out, “To make the team for your nation is fantastic. I think it ran very smoothly today. It really changed the atmosphere in the showgrounds. The place is fantastic and we’ve all been at CDIs throughout the season, but I think we can all say it was different today.”

 

Team Canada 1 was thrilled with their team’s top three finish and was eager to be a part of developing the sport in the Americas. Their team consisted of Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio (70.395% Prix St. Georges score), Brittany Fraser and All In (66.079% Prix St. Georges score), David Marcus and Don Kontes (total 68.872% Grand Prix score), and Evi Strasser and Action Tyme (64.021% Grand Prix score).

 

Team Canada 1: Chef d'Equipe Gina Smith, Christilot Boylen, Evi Strasser, David Marcus, Brittany Fraser

Team Canada 1: Chef d’Equipe Gina Smith, Christilot Boylen, Evi Strasser, David Marcus, Brittany Fraser

 

“I’m probably the only one here that can actually remember when the Pan American Games were all Grand Prix and also when it changed to Prix St. Georges,” Christilot Boylen commented. “I think this is a wonderful start and I think after some discussion, this format could be wonderfully conducive to developing dressage in the Americas.”

 

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

Christilot Boylen and Dio Mio

 

Veteran competitor Evi Strasser summed up the team’s sentiments best. “It was a great time having the strong team we had for Canada and for the young riders we had coming up too. Everything was just perfect,” Strasser described.

 

Wellington Equestrian Realty sponsored the CDI 3* classes hosted in the Van Kampen Arena of The Stadium throughout Friday afternoon. Caroline Roffman (USA) and Sagacious HF finished first in the FEI Intermediare-II 16-25 with a final score of 71.930%. Bebe Davis (USA) and Rotano clinched victory in the FEI Junior Team class after scoring a 65.811%. Madison Lawson (CAN) and Mcguire won the FEI Young Rider Team class with a score of 61.535%. The FEI Prix St. Georges class awarded top honors to Christilot Boylen (CAN) and Hudson 18, who scored a 68.421% to finish first.

 

The top 50% of Friday’s competitors will move forward to compete in their respective Freestyle classes. The FEI Intermediaire-1 Freestyle CDIO 3* will start at 3:35 pm this afternoon and continue until 5:30 pm. After a dinner break, the last group of riders will compete at 7:30 pm. The FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO 3* will start at 8:30 pm.

 

Out of the ten original riders, the five moving on to Saturday evening’s competition will be Heather Blitz and Paragon (USA), Shelly Francis (USA) and Doktor, Cesar Parra (USA) and Van the Man, Susan Dutta (USA) and Currency DC, and David Marcus (CAN) and Don Kontes.

 

Final Results: FEI Prix St. Georges CDIO 3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total%

1 Kimberly Herslow, USA, Rosmarin: 74.342%, 71.316%, 71.184%, 71.184%, 72.368%, 72.079%

2 Lars Petersen, DEN, Chicco Roslev: 68.947%, 71.053%, 69.079%, 73.553%, 69.605%, 70.447%

3 Christislot Boylen, CAN, Dio Mio: 70.623%, 72.632%, 71.711%, 68.553%, 68.816%, 70.395%

4 Caroline Roffman, USA, Her Highness O: 68.026%, 69.868%, 72.500%, 69.474%, 68.553%, 69.684%

5 Carlos Munoz, ESP, Klouseau: 65.789%, 67.368%, 69.342%, 71.316%, 71.447%, 69.053%

6 Justin Hardin, USA, Wyatt Star: 68.158%, 69.079%, 70.000%, 68.947%, 65.789%, 68.395%

 

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix CDIO 3* sponsored by Stillpoint Farm

Rider, Country, Horse: Judge E%, Judge H%, Judge C%, Judge M%, Judge B%, Total

1 Heather Blitz, USA, Paragon: 70.319%, 72.447%, 68.617%, 71.809%, 71.915%, 71.021%

2 Shelly Francis, USA, Doktor: 69.894%, 69.894%, 71.489%, 68.085%, 71.702%, 71.702%, 70.213%

3 Cesar Parra, USA, Van the Man: 69.362%, 68.298%, 67.340%, 68.894%, 70.319%, 69.043%

4 Susan Dutta, USA, Currency DC: 66.596%, 65.957%, 64.787%, 66.489%, 65.745%, 65.915%

5 David Marcus, CAN, Don Knotes: 63.830%, 67.979%, 65.426%, 65.745%, 66.383%, 65.872%

6 Mikala Munter Gundersen, DEN, My Lady: 65.352%, 65.638%, 64.787%, 64.043%, 66.383%, 65.277%

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For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

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About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:

The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.The Adequan GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds. The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

 

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

 

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call 561-793-5867 for more information

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

 

Wellington Dressage CDI-W, presented by The Dutta Corp. Wrap-Up: January 31- February 3, 2013

February 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 4, 2013 – The Wellington Dressage CDI-W at the 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) concluded on Sunday after a great week of competition at The Stadium. With riders winning multiple classes over the course of the week, many were happy with how they performed during the week. The AGDF would like to thank The Dutta Corp. as the sponsor throughout the week. The next show in AGDF is the Dressage National 2 on February 5-6, while the Florida Dressage Classic, CDI-W, presented by The US P.R.E. Association, is on February 14-17, 2013.

As presenting sponsor this week, Tim Dutta, founder and chairman of The Dutta Corp., believes that the AGDF is, “one of the finest facilities in the world.” He continued, “Good riders and horses at the top of this sport come here to compete. It has the best stabling, amazing footing, and great judges. I think this is the beginning of a great season and I’m proud to sponsor and be a part of the AGDF.”

The first day of competition saw a win in the $6,000 FEI Grand Prix for David Marcus (CAN) aboard Chrevi’s Capital, owned by Deborah Miculinic. The pair won with a score of 70.340%. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Antonia Ax:son Johnson’s Divertimento were second with a score of 70.319%. Third place went to Lisa Wilcox (USA) and Pikko del Cerro HU, owned by Horses Unlimited, with a score of 68.234%.

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital were victorious again with a win in the $20,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle. Under the lights, the the international riders dazzled. For the second day in a row, the top two spots were held by the same rider/horse combination. Marcus and Chrevi’s received a score of 74.450% and Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven riding Divertimento were second with a score of 72.350%. Also featured was the $3,000 FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Junior Team. The winner of the FEI Prix St. George was Sonia Zugel (IRL) riding her mount Ungaro who scored 62.974%. The FEI Junior Team win went to Naima Moreira-Laliberte (CAN) with her mount Diamond with a score of 66.324%.

The Style Award was given to David Marcus for his impeccable technique. In winning the award, Marcus said, “I think it’s important to be presentable and to make that important in the way you dress and present your horses. I appreciate receiving those awards and I love getting them.”

 

David Marcus receiving the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award with Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions and Laura Whitlow of Champion Equine Insurance. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

David Marcus receiving the Champion Equine Insurance Dressage Style Award with Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Productions and Laura Whitlow of Champion Equine Insurance. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

 

Winning the $10,000 FEI Grand Prix Special was Lisa Wilcox riding Horses Unlimited’s Pikko del Cerro HU. The 10-year-old dark bay Hanoverian stallion and his rider received a score of 71.583%. Sonia Zugel riding her mount, Ungaro were winners again in the $5,000 FEI Intermediare I. Zugel and her 16-year-old BWP bay gelding scored 64.395%.

First place in the $6,000 FEI Intermediare Freestyle went to Sonia Zugel riding her mount Ungaro with a score of 66.167%. The Young Horse award was presented to Anna Marek (USA) riding AJ Stapleton’s Dilona. The horse and rider combination were also the Overall High National scorers with a 82.000%.

In the FEI Junior Individual class, Naima Moreira-Laliberte posted the highest score of 67.053% for victory with Diamond.

For full results and more information, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

adequean scheduale

 

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.The Adequan GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience.

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association

 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands

 

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call 561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital Victorious Again at Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp.

February 02, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, FL – February 1, 2013 – The 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued today at The Stadium for the Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp. Under the lights, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle dazzled with international riders going for the win. For the second day in a row, the top two spots were held by the same rider/horse combinations. The blue ribbon went to David Marcus (CAN) riding Chrevi’s Capital (Chrevi’s Lavallo x Weinberg) with a score of 74.450%. Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE) and Divertimento (Di Versace x Ferragamo) were second with a score of 72.350%.

 
Judging tonight’s class was Jennie Loriston-Clarke (GBR) at E, Lorraine MacDonald (CAN) at H, Anne Gribbons (USA) at C, Wojek Markowski (POL) at M, and Sandy Phillips (GBR) at B. The musical selection of both were different; Marcus chose a more dramatic tone, while Vilhelmson-Silfven choreographed to a compilation of tunes from the production,Grease.

 
In discussing the mood of the 13-year-old dark bay Danish Warmblood gelding, owned by Debroah Miculinic, Marcus remarked, “He was very good in there tonight. Obviously after the (World Dressage) Masters, this is not as much atmosphere, but it’s still at night and under the lights. He felt almost too calm. He was really comfortable here.”

 

Chrevi's Capital and David Marcus. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Chrevi’s Capital and David Marcus. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Conversely, Vilhelmson-Silfven noted of her horse, “I think he’s technically quite mature, but tension is exactly what he needs to get the routine and get used to this kind of atmosphere. It’s really difficult for him. With that said, I am still happy with him today. He worked with me. I had some mistakes; I had a mistake in the one (tempis), and he didn’t walk too good, and he didn’t halt too good in the end! That was too much for him. But technically otherwise he was nice to ride.”

 
Tonight’s freestyle routines were still new for both Marcus and Vilhelmson-Silfven. This was Marcus and Chrevi’s second time performing to their dramatic music. “I felt a little more confident (this time). I knew the music a little bit better this time as opposed to the first time at the Masters. I felt like I could ride to the music better. I think it worked out really well,” explained Marcus.

 
Vilhelmson-Silfven and the 11-year-old Westfalen bay gelding, owned by Antonia Ax:son Johnson, have only performed their musical freestyle three times.

 
Marcus went on to say, “He was great at both the grand prix and the freestyle. This is what the plan was, and I think it worked. He feels like his old self again. He was always a very calm and reliable horse before the Olympics, and now I feel like I have his trust again. I think at some point you have to look forward and not back, and I think we’re there now.”

 

David Marcus and Chrevi's Capital with Aliza Korasz and Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Producitons, Anne Gribbons, and Timmy and Tim Dutta.  Photo © SusanJStickle.com

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital with Aliza Korasz and Michael Stone of Equestrian Sport Producitons, Anne Gribbons, and Timmy and Tim Dutta.
Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

Marcus and Vilhelmson-Silfven were very pleased with the prize money offered in this week’s CDI-W. According to Marcus, “It’s great to have sponsorship for these shows that offer prize money, first of all, because this is sort of a new thing in this sport, that we’re getting real prize money. We really, really appreciate it because this sport is a very expensive thing that we do. It’s nice to be able to have that help and nice that we have the opportunities there.”

 
In looking towards the future, Marcus, who is back on top in the North American League standings for the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Finals, will be evaluating his plan. “If Chrevi’s keeps coming out and doing rides like this, where I feel like he’s confident and it’s in his best interest, then we’ll go. If I don’t feel like it’s in his best interest, then we’ll make a different plan,” analyzed Marcus.

 
This morning featured the FEI Prix St. Georges and FEI Junior Team. The winner of the FEI Prix St. George was Sonia Zugel (IRL) riding her own mount, Ungaro (Weltmeyer II x Wendekreis). The rider and her 16-year-old BWP bay gelding scored 62.974% for the win. The FEI Junior Team win went to Naima Moreira-Laliberte (CAN) riding Diamond (Donnerhall x Werther). The 12-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding, owned by Moreira-Laliberte, scored 66.324%.

 

Sonia Zugel and Ungaro.  Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Sonia Zugel and Ungaro.
Photo © SusanJStickle.com

 

Competition proceeds tomorrow with many classes, highlighted by the FEI Grand Prix Special and the FEI Intermediare 1. For full results, please CLICK HERE and for more information on the AGDF, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.

 

Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle

  1. Chrevi’s Capital, David Marcus (CAN): E: 75.250%, H: 72.750%, C: 75.500%, M: 75.250%, B: 73.500%, Total: 74.450%
  2. Divertimento, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven (SWE): E: 70.750%, H: 72.750%, C: 70.375%, M: 72.000%, B: 75.875%, Total: 72.350%
  3. D Niro, Jacquline M. Brooks (CAN): E: 70.375%, H: 69.625%, C: 70.125%, M: 73.375%, B: 67.750%, Total: 70.250%
  4. Devon L., Diane Creech (CAN): E: 70.250%, H: 71.625%, C: 69.750%, M: 69.750%, B: 69.500%, Total: 70.175%
  5. Lindor’s Finest, Jaimey Irwin (CAN): E: 70.500%, H: 70.625%, C: 67.500%, M: 66.000%, B: 66.250%, Total: 68.175%
  6. Tango, Cheryl Meisner (CAN): E: 68.000%, H: 63.750%, C: 65.750%, M: 65.250%, B: 67.250%, Total: 66.000%
  7. Donnerbube 2, Sylvia Rizzo (ITA): E: 65.375%, H: 63.250%, C: 64.250%, M: 63.375%, B: 65.875%, Total: 64.425%

 

Photo Credit: Photos © SusanJStickle.com. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and must include photo credit.

 

adequean scheduale

 

About the Adequan Global Dressage Festival:
The Adequan Global Dressage Festival (GDF) is one of the world’s largest international and national dressage circuits featuring five CDIs, including a 5*, the first non-championship CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere, and nine U.S. national events.The Adequan GDF is offering more than $275,000 in prize money for the five international competitions making it one of the richest circuits in the world. In addition to the CDIs with national competitions, the Adequan GDF will feature six separate national shows to be held at the Stadium section of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) show grounds.  The Adequan GDF encompasses almost 60 acres of the former Palm Beach Polo Grounds. The facility includes the Van Kampen covered arena (made possible by Kimberly and Frederic Boyer and family) and four outdoor arenas with world class footing, 200 permanent stalls, and a VIP seating area for the International Arena fully catered for relaxing and having an enjoyable experience. 

First Founding Sponsors: Matt Varney, Chris and Rob Desino, Wellington Equestrian Realty; William Pearson and Janet Richardson-Pearson, Chesapeake Dressage Institute of Annapolis, MD; Devon and Terri Kane, Diamante Farm; Joe and Gaye Scarpa, Magnolia Farm; Tuny Page and Family, Stillpoint Farm; and Kimberly and Frederic Boyer, United States P.R.E. Association 

Founding Sponsors: Ashley Holzer and Diane Fellows, Today’s Equestrian; Bethany Peslar, Everglades Dressage; Betsy Juliano, Havensafe Farm; Carol and Rebecca Cohen, Two Swans Farm LLC; Janne Rumbough, MTICA Farm; Mike & Roz Collins; Suhail and PJ Rizvi, Peacock Ridge; and Tim and Susie Dutta, The Dutta Corp.

 

Corporate Sponsors

Brown Distributing, Champion Equine Insurance, Charles Owen, Chronicle of the Horse, Custom Saddlery, Der Dau, Dever Golf Carts, Equestrian Services International (ESI), Elite Equestrian Magazine, European Dressage Connection, Everglades Farm Equipment, Gold Coast Feed & Supply, Horse Of Course, Horseware Ireland, Interagro Lusitanos, Moet Hennessy USA, Nespresso USA, Paddock Cakes, Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Pennfield, Piaffe Performance, Premier Equestrian, Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, Rolex, Sanctuary at PBIEC, Show Chic, Sidelines Magazine, World Equestrian Brands.

 

Please visit

www.globaldressagefestival.com

www.equestriansport.com

or call  561-793-5867 for more information.

Adequan Global Dressage Festival is located at

13500 South Shore Blvd, Wellington, Florida 33414

David Marcus Wins the FEI Grand Prix Aboard Chrevi’s Capital at Wellington Dressage CDI-W presented by The Dutta Corp

February 01, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

David Marcus

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

Wellington, FL – January 31, 2013 – The 2013 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off international competition today at the beautiful Stadium with a win for Canada’s David Marcus. The first of two CDI-Ws in the AGDF circuit, the Wellington Dressage show continues through February 3, and is presented by The Dutta Corp. Fourteen horse and rider combinations showed in today’s FEI Grand Prix. Judging today’s class was Anne Gribbons (USA) at E, Lorraine MacDonald (CAN) at H, Wojek Markowski (POL) at C, Janet Foy (USA) at M, and Jennie Loriston-Clarke (GBR) at B.
David Marcus’ mount, Chrevi’s Capital (Chrevi’s Lavallo x Weinberg), was steady in his performance this afternoon despite the cooler temperatures. Owner Deborah Miculinic was in attendance to see the win, which was quite exciting for both her and Marcus. With having competed at the AGDF last year, the 13-year-old dark bay Danish Warmblood gelding was very composed in today’s test.
David Marcus and Chrevi's Capital in their presentation with Wojek Markowski, Tim Dutta, Christoph Koschel, and Aliza Korasz. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital in their presentation with Wojek Markowski, Tim Dutta, Christoph Koschel, and Aliza Korasz. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

“He really likes it here at (AGDF); he’s really comfortable. I heard other horses were a little nervous as it was a bit cooler today, (but) he was really calm. He loves it here. He slept in the stall all morning. He feels at home,” stated Marcus.

The pair received a final score of 70.340% for victory. They were the last to attempt the test and definitely stood out. Marcus thought the strongest part of his test was Chrevi’s consistency. “He just went in and did everything I asked of him,” Marcus said. “As always, the real highlights were his extensions, beautiful walk, and canter pirouettes. I was very happy with the piaffe work he did today.”

This being the second year of Chrevi’s Capital’s Grand Prix career, Marcus was, “really happy with today.” He continued, “My goal was to come to the show and build on the last two weeks. After this, he gets a bit of a break. He did exactly what I wanted him to do. A clean test, no mistakes. And he let me really ride him. I couldn’t ask for more.”

In looking towards the future, Marcus is only focused on getting him stronger and building his power a little bit more. “If the World Cup fits into that, that would be great, but the big goal is Normandy (for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games) next year,” envisioned Marcus.

Lisa Wilcox (USA), riding Horses Unlimited Inc.’s Pikko del Cerro HU (Pik L x Rohdiamant) was the first to show and was leading with a score of 68.234% until 10 trips later when Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven took over the top spot with a score of 70.319% atop Antonia Ax:son Johnson’s Divertimento (Di Versace x Ferragamo).

Competition continues tomorrow with multiple classes, including the thrilling FEI Grand Prix Freestyle tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm. On Sunday is the FEI Grand Prix Special. For more information on the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, please visit www.globaldressagefestival.com. For full CDI-W results, please CLICK HERE, and for national results, please CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

David Marcus Top Canadian at World Dressage Masters

January 29, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Wellington, Florida – David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, was the top-placed Canadian at the CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach held January 23 to 27 in West Palm Beach, FL.

 

In a 15-horse starting field that featured riders from Canada, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the United States, Marcus placed seventh in Friday’s Grand Prix test.  Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital, 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Weinberg) owned by Deborah Miculinic, earned a score of 70.66% from the panel of five international judges and qualified to advance to Saturday night’s Grand Prix Freestyle.

 

In front of a packed house at the Jim BrandonCenter, seven of the world’s best performed their individually choreographed musical freestyle programs.  Marcus introduced his new Freestyle program, compiled by Joost Peters of The Netherlands.  Featuring music from WHAM! and George Michael, the extremely difficult choreography highlighted Chrevi’s Capital’s strong canter work, including quality pirouettes and elegant half-pass, while impressive piaffe and passage were also rewarded with high scores from the judges.  The pair’s final score of 70.75% ranked them sixth overall in their World Dressage Masters debut.

 

“I felt very honoured to be in a competition with such high caliber riders, and am proud to have held my own and achieved over 70% in both classes,” said Marcus who operates David Marcus Dressage outside of Toronto.

 

Of his new musical freestyle program, Marcus commented, “Joost had arranged some of my favourite freestyles at the 2012 London Olympics, and we felt that Capital was ready for a world-class freestyle.  It’s a hard thing to perform a freestyle for the first time and the degree of difficulty in the program is high, but he is ready for it and can do the work, no problem.  I thought Capital handled himself well in the tense environment.”

 

In addition to competing with Chrevi’s Capital in the CDI5* World Dressage Masters, Marcus also campaigned Don Kontes in the CDI3* Sunshine Challenge, which was held concurrently.  With a score of 67.53% to place second in the Grand Prix, Marcus would have qualified to contest the World Dressage Masters had he not already been invited with Chrevi’s Capital (competitors in the World Dressage Masters are limited to one horse per rider).  As it was, he went on to win Sunday’s CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle with Don Kontes with a score of 70.825%.

 

David Marcus and Chrevi's Capital Photo © Susan Sickle

David Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital
Photo © Susan Stickle

 

“Don Kontes has become such a reliable partner,” said Marcus of the 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding that won both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special at last fall’s CDI-W Dressage at Devon.  “We had a really good time in the Freestyle.  His freestyle was done early in his grand prix career, and I’m looking forward to start working on a new one that has a higher degree of difficulty.”

 

Having been the highest placed Canadian in the CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach and winning the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle with Don Kontes, Marcus enjoyed a great weekend of sport.  That success would not be possible without the support of his owner Deb Miculinic (nee Kinzinger), trainer Robert Dover, partner Nicholas Fyffe, and the entire team at David Marcus Dressage.

 

“I would like to thank Deb and Robert for everything they have done to support me up to and including this point,” said Marcus.  “I would also like to thank Nicholas for his support, especially as he was supposed to be riding in the World Dressage Masters himself.  It showed great sportsmanship that he was there to support me in an event that I know he would have liked to be competing at.”

 

Marcus concluded, “Our success this weekend was a very big achievement in an international competition with such diversified countries.  I am always proud to represent Canada, and the World Dressage Masters provided a great opportunity to do that.”

 

“This has truly been a very, very exciting start to 2013 for David and for Canada,” said owner Miculinic, who was in attendance cheering on her horses.  “Both Capital and Don Kontes continue to inspire us as they achieve scores in the 70’s at this level.  To see Capital and David finish last season with a win at Dressage at Devon, and then to be invited to ride in the World Dressage Masters with such international riders like Tinne Vilhelmson, Patrik Kittel and Steffen Peters, is a dream come true.  It was only a year ago that David, Capital and Don Kontes were all learning the grand prix.  It is truly a testament to the incredible job that David, Nicholas and Robert have done in such a short period of time.  I am truly grateful to be a part of this team, and look forward to the exciting days ahead!”

 

Marcus will next compete at the CDI-W Wellington Dressage from January 31 to February 3 with Chrevi’s Capital.  The pair is currently ranked second in the North American World Cup League standings, and Marcus hopes to be one of the top two athletes in the North American League rankings that earn an invitation to the 2013 FEI World Cup Final from April 24 to 28 in Goteborg, Sweden.

 

Marcus is based at Stillpoint Farm inWellington, FL, for the winter season, having brought 12 horses south from his David Marcus Dressage training facility inCampbellville, ON.  In addition to Chrevi’s Capital and Don Kontes, Marcus is developing the seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, Betrina, as well as training several sales prospects.  His students, including 2012 North American Young Riders’ Championship individual bronze medalist, Alexandra Reid, are also competing alongside Marcus in the Junior, Young Riders’, and Adult Amateur divisions.

 

For more information, please visitwww.davidmarcusdressage.com.