WELLINGTON, Fla.--French Olympian Morgan Barbançon on Bolero won the Grand Prix CDI3* for Special over a field of 20 on Thursday, March 16 at the Global Dressage Festival.
Barbançon and the 17-year-old KWPN gelding scored 71.152%, the only pair to reach 70% in the class, and the last to go.
“Today, the piaffe was really good,” said Barbançon. “The pirouettes, too. Everything was good today, the two tempis could have been straighter, but everything else was solid and he put in a solid test. I’m so proud of him. He carried me through that test today. I was really not mentally on my game based on my other rides I’ve had this week, so I’m super proud of him.”
Barbançon and Bolero have over 50 CDI starts despite an injury that sidelined the gelding for two years.
“Bolero had a long-time injury,” Barbançon said. “But he is back in shape now and feeling great, and he proved that again today. He’s a very solid, consistent horse, I know that he’s not always a high scorer, but he is always there to do his job and is very consistent. He gives me the mileage and show experience which is really important.”
Barbançon, who is based in Switzerland, is having a successful first season in Wellington with several mounts.
“I’M SUPER happy with my season,” she said. “The horses have improved tons. The horses that I have now are not indoor horses, they are sensitive horses, so I am happy to be competing outside, and we are now going to be ready for the outdoor season; the horses will already be in the mood for the shows. I don’t need to show them so much in Europe to get ready for the Europeans, because they are getting their mileage and experience now.”
Dong Seon Kim of Korea on Galleria’s Bohemian was second with 69.978%, and Susan Dutta on Don Design DC was third on 68.739%.
In the Donato Farms Prix St. Georges CDI1*, Kevin Kohmann on Five Star won over a class of 31 with a score of 73.284%.
“I think some highlights today were my trot work,” said Kohmann. “There were highlights in the canter, and the extended canter. That’s always a highlight with this horse, I’ve gotten 10’s on that movement before with him. All the extensions he loves, anything really forward. The walk is amazing on the horse, normally his extended walk and extended canter is the highlight with him.
“The horse was simply amazing,” said Kohmann. “He really helps me in the ring all the time, which is so nice.”
Out of 25 international starts together, the pair has had 15 wins, and Kohmann has goals to make a Pan Am team with the horse this year.
“We have not been riding Prix St. Georges/I1 for a long time at this point,” he said. “We have been showing nationally at Grand Prix but it is not quite right in the big ring yet, and in going back to small tour, we might have a chance to qualify for Pan Am Games. After the CDI’s we will just see where he’s at and evaluate, but he’s basically ready for it.”
“We are going to do every CDI that’s left here,” Kohmann said. “There’s one next week and then we will go to both CDIs in Ocala and try to collect the points we need.”
Denmark’s Alexander Yde Helgstrand on Belantis,was second in the Prix St. Georges CDI1* with 72.647%, and Kristina Harrison-Antell on Felix was third with 71.569%.