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October 9, 2009

Dressage at Devon Tidbits

•    Tina Konyot had many connections in the Grand Prix freestyle at Devon. She gave a lesson to Jacqueline Brooks and Balmoral before the competition; she used to own Abrikos (who was ridden to sixth place by Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon), and she used to employ Lauren Sammis, who was third with Sagacious HF, as a working student.

•    Cesar Parra and Olympia dominated the small tour with three joyful performances. The pair won the Prix St. Georges (72.46%), the Intermediaire I (72.19%), and topped off their weekend with the Intermediaire I freestyle (73.85%) blue.
        “[The freestyle] was a very emotional ride,” said Parra, Jupiter, Fla. “There’s something like having a hat-trick that’s a bit of a myth. I did it before for Colombia, and now I’ve done it as an American.”

•    Caroline Roffman and Kassie Barteau duked it out for a berth to the FEI World Cup Dressage Final for Young Riders in their final competition as young riders, with Roffman taking home blues in the Individual test (68.23%) and the freestyle (71.80%), and Barteau winning the Team test (67.19%).
        Barteau earned the trip to Frankfurt, Germany, Dec. 17-20, as her 69.35 percent in the freestyle kept her qualifying average above Roffman’s.

•    Lars Petersen and Naomi won the Grand Prix for the Special with 65.91 percent. They finished second in the Special with 65.62 percent.
        “I rode her very conservatively [in the Special],” he admitted. “She felt like she was a little unsure of the footing. She slid out around one of the corners, so I was a little bit careful.”

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