Leida Collins-Strijk Rides Don Tignanello to Victory on Final Day of AGDF 1 With Win in FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle
After competition was postponed in the early morning due to continued inclement weather surrounding Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), Leida Collins-Strijk (NED) and Don Tignanello made the most of their afternoon in the Global International Ring at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) as competition resumed at 10am. The pair received a 73.700% to take the win in the FEI Intermediaire I Freestyle presented by The Axel Johnson Group on the final day of the first full week of competition at AGDF. Michael Klimke (GER) and Djamba Djokiba earned second place with a score of 73.625%, while Katharina Stumpf (AUT) and For My Love finished in third place, receiving a 64.275%.
Collins-Strijk returned to AGDF for the first time since 2014 and was incredibly happy to be back in Wellington, FL, for the winter circuit, performing exceedingly well in her first competition back with a new mount.
|Leida Collins-Strijk and Don Tignanello. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.com|
“I think today was a very good test for us. I think it was better than on Friday when he was a bit overwhelmed by the atmosphere and today he felt more free and balanced. Overall I was really happy,” noted Collins-Strijk.
With a balanced and consistent effort throughout the week, the pair earned scores above the 70% mark in each of the three Small Tour classes this week, setting them up nicely for what Collins-Strijk hopes to be a move to Grand Prix before the end of the season.
“He has a really nice and cool temperament and he’s only gotten better. He knows a lot of the Grand Prix and I think I would like to get him into that, but I would like to do a few more of these shows first to get to know him better,” she commented. “I’m hoping that it will happen this year. He can definitely do it, but I haven’t ridden in competitions since last time we were here so we’ll have to see where the season takes us.”
|Leida Collins-Strijk and Don Tignanello with Judge Henning Lehrmann (GER) and Sponsorship Coordinator Cora Causemann. Photo Credit: ©SusanJStickle.com|