Devon, Pa. – Oct 3
After they battled the rain and bested the FEI Prix St. Georges yesterday with a score of 68.90, Christina Vinios and Folkestone were the only pair to break 70 percent in the FEI Intermediaire I CDI*** at Dressage At Devon (Pa.). Their score of 71.26 percent earned them the win.
“I had fun with everything and I thought he was just a really good boy,” said Vinios, 32. “The first day, yesterday, he was a little fresh; especially in the warm-up, he was kind of playing around a little so I was a little nervous about that. But today he was listening to me and not doing anything unusual, so there was more relaxation which I could then ride more forward in there which was better today.”
This was her first time riding “Huey” in the famous Dixon Oval at Devon. “It’s really fun to ride in this stadium,” she said. “I’d never brought him in even to school in there so I was so happy that he was such a good boy in the arena.”
Vinios imported the now 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Fidertanz – El Kattulika, Rubenstein) from the Germany as a 4-year-old and enjoyed a successful season in the small tour with him this year.
She’s looking forward to tomorrow’s freestyle and says she has two goals in mind: “Just again riding a nice, clean test and having fun with the music!”
Jane Karol’s second ride in the class, Sunshine Tour, took second place with a score of 69.00 percent. Katie Riley and Toy Story rounded out the ranks in third with a score of 67.81 percent.