Wellington, FL – March 2, 2019 – Competition at Week 8 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued into the evening with the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3* presented by Peacock Ridge on Saturday, March 2. U.S. women swept the top three places, with Charlotte Jorst, Heather Blitz, and Rebecca Waite taking top honors. AGDF runs until March 31 with top international and national dressage competition.
Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo rode to a win in the special with a score of 72.447%. “I thought the whole canter program was just really, really lovely. He was so relaxed, and he came back for every half halt and all the changes were beautiful,” said Jorst of the 16-year-old KWPN gelding by Negro owned by Kastel Denmark. “The piaffe and two pirouettes were great, and the changes in between. That whole thing just felt tremendous.
“Today I rode more forward, because I thought my whole trot program was a little too conservative on Thursday [in the qualifier for the special],” continued Jorst. “I decided to just give it a little more, and give more in the short sides and just sort of show him off in a better way. I think I succeeded with that. I think that was that extra couple of points.”
Jorst is best friends with Kastel Nintendo. She said, “He’s always my best pal, and I know I can trust him 100%. He goes and goes and goes for me. We’ve been so many places together and done so many things. We’re best friends and the trust and the camaraderie between us is what I like the best.”
Second place went to Heather Blitz (USA) and Semper Fidelis, a 13-year-old Oldenburg mare by Sir Donnerhall owned by Rowan O’Riley, with a score of 71.170%. Rebecca Waite (USA) and Doktor, a 16-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Diamond Hit owned by Patricia Stempel, took third with a score of 68.936%.