Wellington, FL – March 13, 2019 – The opening day of competition at the 10thweek of the 2019 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Wednesday, March 13, featured the Nations Cup CDIO-U25 presented by Diamante Farms with victory for the team from the United States of America. Canada 1 team was silver, and the Canada 2 team took bronze. Nations Cup competition continues through the week with the FEI Nations Cup™ CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm, where team medals will be decided on Thursday, March 14. Competition for the week continues through Sunday, March 17, with CDIO3*, CDI 3*, and CDI 1* classes, and the 2019 AGDF wraps up on Sunday, March 31.
For the third year, AGDF hosted CDIO-U25 competition, offering a great stepping-stone of international competition for young riders. The team from the USA consisting of Lauren Asher on West Side, Natalie Pai on Unlimited, and Kerrigan Gluch riding Bolero CXLVIII, finished on a total team score of 138.559 in the FEI Intermediate II 16-25 test, which determined the team medals.
Asher (22) originally hails from Denver, CO, and she rode the 16-year-old KWPN gelding by Florett AS owned by Select Equine International to a personal best score of 70.471%, which was also the second-highest score in the class.