Team competition for the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* at Adequan® Global Dressage Festival concluded today, with Team USA 1 finishing atop the leaderboard with a total score of 452.599 after two days of competition in Small Tour and Large Tour classes. Today’s Small Tour combinations contested the FEI Intermediaire 1 test and Large Tour rode the FEI Grand Prix Special. Team USA 1, composed of Kimberly Herslow, Allison Brock, Olivia LaGoy-Weltz, and Laura Graves, bested the rest of the competition with a combination of superb results. Team Canada 1 finished behind the U.S. in second with a combined 438.966, and Team Canada 2 came in third with a total of 424.774.

Competition will continue tomorrow in the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* with individual competition in the FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle and the Grand Prix Freestyle as the final “Friday Night Stars” event of the season, for which gates open at 6 pm. The freestyles will be live streamed here: The CDI 3* presented by Martha Jolicoeur and Maria Mendelsohn of Illustrated Properties will host the FEI Grand Prix and Regal Horse Products’ FEI Intermediaire 1 CDI 1* class will also be held in The Stadium arena.

Team USA 1 put together a very strong team, as all four riders performed tests scored well above the 70% mark. U.S. team members Kimberly Herslow and Rosmarin had the highest score in the Intermediaire 1 on a personal best of 76.158%, and Laura Graves and Verdades led the Grand Prix Special with 75.882%.

Chris Von Martels and Christilot Boylen, both riding for Canada, were the highest placed riders for their respective teams, Canada 1 and Canada 2. Von Martels was joined by Diane Creech on Robbie W, Megan Lane and Caravella, and Belinda Trussel riding Anton. Boylen’s teammates included Tina Irwin and Fancy That, Shannon Dueck on Cantaris, and Jill Irving riding Degas 12.

Von Martels and Zilverstar have had a truly impressive beginning to their 2015 season with top finishes in almost all of their classes. “Firstly, I’m very happy with our team result and my individual results over the past two days. I think that it was a very strong competition and when you look at the results in the Small Tour, the differences are very narrow. The level of competition is great,” said Von Martels about Canada Team 1’s second place finish. “I think it’s a very exciting time in our sport because there are some very strong combinations in several different countries. I was thrilled with my horse; he’s grown a lot and has become more confident and strong. The growing relationship is what I’m most proud of.”

Christilot Boylen and Donatella 79 can be marked as the definition of improvement this season, as the pair has increased their average marks by 6% in the Small Tour within the last month. “Donatella” who was out with an injury for most of last year, debuted at the Small Tour in January and has really hit her stride. “I’m so thankful to have a horse of her quality and her owner. You can’t walk around the ring by yourself, and they deserve so much credit,” smiled Boylen. “I really feel like Team Canada is finally pulling together and the future is looking very bright. Like Chris said, it is just a team game and its onwards and forward for this team.”

All of the riders thanked their owners and teams for helping them, as well as Adequan® and Stillpoint Farm as sponsors of this special event.

With AGDF serving as the only host of an FEI Nations Cup Series leg in North America, it is important to recognize the significance of the event and what it means for presence of international competition in the United States. “This is a real pleasure to have this CDIO here in Wellington. It’s the only one that is outside of Europe, and we get to show our European friends that we can have a show like this successfully,” said Thomas Baur, Director of Sport at AGDF. “We have several great teams, including some from Central and South America, which was originally the idea too, to give them a chance to compete in the Nations Cup in an easily accessible location.”

Competition will continue at AGDF tomorrow with the FEI Grand Prix CDI 3*, presented by Martha Jolicoeur and Maria Mendelsohn of Illustrated Properties, the FEI Intermediaire 1 CDI 1*, presented by Regal Horse Products, as well as the Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO 3* FEI Intermediaire 1 Freestyle, FEI Grand Prix Freestyle, and the individual medals award ceremony.

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Final Team Results for Stillpoint Farm FEI Nations Cup CDIO3*
1. Team USA 1: 452.599
2. Team Canada 1: 438.966
3. Team Canada 2: 424.774
4. Team USA 2: 424.221
5. Germany: 420.509

FEI Grand Prix Special CDIO3* presented by Stillpoint Farm
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E% (Torrente-COL), Judge H% (Zang-USA), Judge C% (Foy-USA), Judge M% (McMullen-CAN), Judge B% (Armando-ARG), Total%
1. Laura Graves (USA), Verdades, 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Florett As x Liwilarda x Goya: 78.431%, 74.510%, 72.255%, 77.549%, 76.667%, 75.882%
2. Allison Brock (USA), Rosevelt, 2002 Hanoverian stallion owned by Claudine & Fritz Kundrun, Rotspon x Lore x Lauries Crusader xx: 76.275%, 77.059%, 72.843%, 73.922%, 71.176%, 74.255%
3. Belinda Trussell (CAN), Anton, 2000 Saschen Warmblood gelding owned by Robyn Eames, Anteaus x Shirley x Melit: 71.667%, 74.714%, 74.020%, 75.490%, 71.275%, 73.433%
4. Megan Lane (CAN), Caravella, 2001 Dutch Warmblood mare owned by rider, Contango x P. Riviera x Riverman: 71.078%, 72.059%, 71.078%, 71.471%, 72.255%, 71.588%
5. Christoph Koschel (GER) Tiesto, 2000 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Hof Beckerode GMBH, Gribaldi x Nadie x Ferro: 69.118%, 71.765%, 70.588%, 66.373%, 71.863%, 69.941%
6. Jill Irving (CAN), Degas 12, 2002 Hanoverian gelding owned by rider, De Niro x Rosana M x Regazonni; 72.059%, 70.000%, 67.059%, 69.020%, 69.020%, 69.431%
7. Catherine Haddad-Staller (USA), Mane Stream Hotmail, 2002 Oldenburg gelding owned by Rowan O’Riley, Michellino x Rederna x Havel: 66.863%, 69.804%, 69.412%, 71.078%, 69.706%, 69.373%

FEI Intermediaire 1 CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm
Place, Rider, Nationality, Horse, Horse Information: Judge E% (Torrente-COL), Judge H% (Zang-USA), Judge C% (Foy-USA), Judge M% (McMullen-CAN), Judge B% (Armando-ARG), Total%
1. Kimberly Herslow (USA), Rosmarin, 2005 Hanoverian gelding owned by rider, Rosentanz x Hauptstutbuch Wolkentaenzerin x Weltmeyer: 75.921%, 74.605%, 77.237%, 76.842%, 76.184%, 76.158%
2. Chris Von Martels (CAN), Zilverstar, 2004 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by rider, Rosseau x Hutricia x Rossini: 73.421%, 77.368%, 75.536%, 72.500%, 75.658%, 74.895%
3. Christilot Boylen (CAN), Donatella 79, 2005 Oldenburg mare owned by Jill Irving, De Niro x Weidenkatatchen x Canastal: 72.632%, 73.684%, 74.079%, 75.395%, 72.105%, 73.579%
4. Diane Creech (CAN), Robbie W, 2003 Oldenburg gelding owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale, Rubin Royal x Rolling Home x Inschallah: 70.395%, 75.000%, 72.105%, 72.368%, 72.500%, 72.474%
5. Christopher Hickey (USA), Ronaldo, 2006 Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Cecelia Stewart, Blue Hors Romanov x Trostruplunds Scarlet x Blue Hors Don Schufro: 71.974%, 70.921%, 73.026%, 71.974%, 73.553%, 72.289%
6. Olivia La-Goy Weltz (USA), Rassing’s Lonoir, 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding owned by rider, De Noir x Lorani x Loran: 71.184%, 71.579%, 71.316%, 67.895%, 74.868%, 71.368%
7. Kasey Perry (USA), Goerklintgaards Dublet, 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Diane Perry, Diamond Hit x La Costa x Olympic Ferro: 69.605%, 71.053%, 69.868%, 70.921%, 73.947%, 71.079%
8. Shannon Dueck (CAN), Cantaris, 2003 Hanoverian gelding owned by Elizabeth Ferber, Complement x Egida x Eiger I: 73.158%, 72.237%, 70.658%, 69.737%, 69.211%, 71.000%