Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu of Saint-Bruno, QC, closed out international competition at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL, with yet another strong Freestyle performance aboard All In.
The 11th consecutive week of competition at the AGDF was held March 24 to 27, 2022, and was the final one featuring Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) sanctioning. For their last international appearance of the winter season, Fraser-Beaulieu and All In placed second in the CDI4* Grand Prix with 71.500% on Thursday before bringing their A game to Friday night’s CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Impressing the five-member panel of judges from the moment they entered the arena, Fraser-Beaulieu and All In earned exceptionally high technical marks for their canter pirouettes and flying changes as well as their powerful extended trot. Artistically, the program choreographed by Dutch freestyle designer, Joost Peters, and featuring music by Celine Dion, was rewarded for its high degree of difficulty, inventiveness, and interpretation of the music. A final score of 77.010% placed the pair third among a highly competitive starting field.
“He loves his job, and it seems like the older he gets, the more he loves it,” said Fraser-Beaulieu of All In, a 16-year-old liver chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding (Tango x Damiro). “Every time he goes into the ring, he tries his best for me, and I really enjoyed riding my freestyle. There were lots of great highlights.”
Of competing throughout the AGDF circuit, Fraser-Beaulieu noted, “We’re so fortunate to be here and at such a wonderful show, with so many amazing people and riders. The atmosphere is always incredible on Friday night. It’s awesome to be here.”
The CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle was won by U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Adrienne Lyle riding Silvano, who received a score of 85.580% to set a record as the highest score ever awarded at the AGDF. Reigning Pan American Games champions Sarah Tubman, also of the U.S., and First Apple took second with 78.205% to edge Fraser-Beaulieu into third place. The only other Canadian contesting the CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle was Olympian Evi Strasser, 58, of Ste-Adele, QC, who scored 70.505% for 11th place riding Disney Tyme, her 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Diamond Hit x Weltmeyer).
While Fraser-Beaulieu and All In have been a mainstay of the Canadian Dressage Team ever since they won team and individual silver medals at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, ON, they will not be making a bid for this year’s World Championships in Herning, Denmark.
“My season was really great but for the first time in a very long time, I felt like I didn’t have to chase scores because everyone knows I’m pregnant,” said the 33-year-old Olympian who is expecting her second child with husband Marc-Andre Beaulieu. “I just enjoyed my horse and did what I wanted to do. I competed in way more freestyles. I’m due in August, All In will have a nice break, and we will regroup after that.”
For more information on the 2022 AGDF, including full results, visit gdf.coth.com