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Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Kerrigan Gluch won the Grand Prix Special at the Festival

WELLINGTON, Fla--Kerrigan Gluch won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special on March 18, but it was a long wait for her to discover that, as she went first in the morning and the class ended in mid-afternoon at the Global Dressage Festival.

Kerrigan Gluch on Mejorano HGF Susan SticleKerrigan Gluch on Mejorano HGF (Photo by Susan Sticle)Riding Mejorano HGF, she scored 68.872% and beat some top competitors like Morgan Barbançon — winner of the qualifying Grand Prix on Thursday with Bolero.

Susan Dutta on Don Design DC finished second with 68.702% and Korean rider Dong Sean Kimon Galleria’s Bohemian was third with 68.574%.

Mejorano was bred by his owners, Hampton Green Farm.

Gluch began her career there as a working student 11 years ago, and then graduated into a sponsored rider.

Having known Mejorano as a young horse, Gluch then picked up the ride full-time three years ago.

“He’s an extraordinary horse, super talented in all aspects of the grand prix,” said the 26-year-old. “I’ve really been focused on the flow of everything – in and out of transitions – so everything had a lot of harmony and that was the main goal for this weekend, and I think I accomplished that. My piaffe/passage tour was quite smooth and I was happy with how the changes felt in the ring. It’s a very long test, but I was able to settle in and enjoy it.


“MEJORANO is a product of the breeding in the States that we strive for. It’s special to be able to do it with him knowing that he was born here and show that off. He tries his heart out for me every time,said the Ocala-based Gluch, who has recently started training with fellow Ocala rider, Shelly Francis, after years training with Charlotte Bredahl.

“Mejorano has always had a talent for piaffe/passage,” she said. “It’s taken me a few years to tune that all up so it shows in the ring, where his rhythm and cadence and activity come together. He has a very expressive front end to be able to show off the half-passes along with the changes is very fun to do.”

It was tight at the top in the Intermediate A CDI2*, with the top two combinations scoring over 68% on the only two Iberian horses in the class.

Georgia Wren-Russon Guateque IV scored  68.382% to win.

The 31-year-old rider’s GW Dressage is based out of both Wellington, FL, and Lexington, KY.

She edged out Canadian rider Denielle Gallagher on Come Back De Massa, who scored 68.029%.

The American-based Filipino rider and model Ellesse Gundersen placed third on Quintessential 4 with 64.794%.

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