Roxanne Trunnell Kicks Off Para-Dressage CPEDI3* Grade I Competition in Week Three of the 2020 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival
Para-Dressage :: Everything Horse :: Written by Hannah Stephens for Equestrian Sport Productions
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida.
Paralympic hopeful Roxanne Trunnell (USA) dominated the FEI Para-Dressage Team Test Grade I CPEDI3* to kick off the third week of competition of the 2020 Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). Trunnell and Flintwood Farm LLC’s Dolton received a score of 77.738%, winning by a margin of 7.44%. The USA’s Sydney Collier finished second on a score of 70.298% with All In One, owned by Going for Gold LLC.
During the first week of AGDF competition, Trunnell received the highest score of her career (83.167%). This week, she hopes to beat that score and commented that she’s “hoping to get into the 80s again.”
That same night was also Dolton’s first time competing under the lights.
The scoreboard kind of bothered him during the freestyle that first week, but he’s over that now. This week, I’m hoping to keep him up in the bridle more and keep him really marching, which he did really well today,”
This is Trunnel’s fifth consecutive year competing in Wellington:
I love the weather here, it’s usually good and it’s so handicap friendly,”
Kicking off the first class of the day, Grade V rider Cynthia Screnci (USA) piloted her Eragon VF to a 65.417% win in her Novice test. Eragon VF is an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Don Romantic. In the Grade II Novice class, USA’s Beatrice De Lavalette rode Sky High 15, a six-year-old gelding owned by Elizabeth De Lavalette, to a 67.971% win.
Shimmering under the afternoon sunshine, Richelieu Stensvang trotted with rider Eleanor Brimmer to success in the Grade III Novice Test B. The six-year-old Danish Warmblood, hailing from Denmark and sired by Blue Hors Rockefeller, is a marvelous match for American owner/rider Brimmer. The pair yielded an average final ranking of 66%, with one judge giving a total score of nearly 68%.
The afternoon’s FEI Para Team Test Grade V featured four riveting riders, with South Africa’s Cayla Van Der Walt securing first place. Her 14-year-old Andalusian gelding Daturo II originates from Spain, leading the pair to victory with a score of 67%. Canadian rider Lee Garrod sealed his slot in second with a score of 65%, riding Oldenberg gelding Question.
In the Grade III Team test, Canada’s Lauren Barwick bested a field of six after receiving a score of 69.461% with Lee Garrod’s Sandrino, a seven-year-old Westphalian gelding by Spirit of Westfalia. Barwick received a score of 71.471% from judge C — the highest score of the classification.
After receiving scores above 70% from all three judges, Beatrice De Lavalette came out on top in the Grade II Team classification with an average score of 71.263% aboard Nicolas De Lavalette’s Duna, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare by Vivaldi.
The para dressage classes will resume on Friday morning, beginning once again with the Novice Grade V class.
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