During the second day of competition at CPEDI3* Global Dressage Festival I presented by Adequan, Robyn Andrews secured a win for Canada in the Grade Ia Individual Championship test. The competition is being held at The Stadium at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla., Jan. 9-11, 2015.
Andrews of St. Johns, N.L., rode her 2014 World Equestrian Games mare 14-year-old Fancianna, a Friesian-Andalusian cross, to a score of 66.304%.
“I felt so much more relaxed and focused in the ring today,” said Andrews. “I worked on some new techniques that really helped me improve the test and I am proud of my results.”
Finishing in third in the Individual Championship test with a score of 60.080% was yesterday’s Team Test winner, Jody Schloss, of Toronto, Ont., with her long-time partner and 2012 Paralympic mount Inspector Rebus (Sambertino x Darwin), her 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.
“Today I got nervous and missed an element in my test that affected my score,” said Schloss. “Rebus was great for me, and I am really looking forward to riding again in the Freestyle tomorrow.”
Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, B.C., Canada’s double individual medalist at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, rode her 16-year-old Oldenburg mare, Ferdonia 2 (Don Gregory x Castro), and finished in second place in the Grade II Individual Championship test with a score of 70.048%.
“During the warm-up, Fergie (Ferdonia 2) started to cough from a tickle that started in her throat due to allergies, and the cough carried on through our test,” said Barwick, who generously loaned Ferdonia 2 to her Canadian teammate Ashley Gowanlock for the 2014 Games. “We did our best given the circumstances and put in a fluid test.”
The ground jury for today’s event consisted of Freddy Leyman (BEL), Kjell Myhre (NOR) and Kristi Wysocki (USA).
The last day of the competition is tomorrow with the Freesyle Tests for all Grades. Complete results may be found here.