Iberian Horses Reign Supreme on Saturday at AGDF

Kerrigan Gluch & Mejorano HGF. Photograph © SusanJStickle.com.

It was a protracted and nail-biting watch for Kerrigan Gluch (USA) to find that she had gained the Truthful Sky Farm CDI3* Grand Prix Particular. She was first to go, mid-morning, on Saturday of week 10 of the 2023 Adequan® World Dressage Competition (AGDF) in Wellington, FL. When the category completed, mid-afternoon, Gulch’s identify was nonetheless atop the leaderboard with Mejorano HGF and their rating of 68.872%. That included some massive names, like Morgan Barbançon — winner of the qualifying Grand Prix on Thursday with Bolero — whose performances couldn’t higher Gluch’s.

Susan Dutta and Don Design DC, the Dutta Corp.’s 13-year-old gelding by Der Designer, completed second with 68.702%. Korean rider Dong Sean Kim continues to be attending to know his new acquisition, Galleria’s Bohemian. The 13-year-old gelding by Bordeaux completed fourth within the freestyle remaining on the Tokyo Olympics below Denmark’s Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour. That is simply Kim’s second CDI on Bohemian, and their first Grand Prix Particular collectively. They scored 68.574% for the yellow ribbon.

Mejorano was bred by his house owners, Hampton Inexperienced Farm. Gluch started her profession there as a working pupil 11 years in the past, after which graduated right into a sponsored rider. Having recognized Mejorano as a younger horse, Gluch then picked up the trip full-time three years in the past, and their partnership goes from power to power.

“He’s a rare horse, tremendous proficient in all points of the grand prix,” mentioned the 26-year-old. “I’ve actually been targeted on the circulation of every part – out and in of transitions – so every part had a whole lot of concord and that was the primary objective for this weekend, and I feel I achieved that. My piaffe/passage tour was fairly easy and I used to be pleased with how the modifications felt within the ring. It’s a really lengthy take a look at, however I used to be capable of settle in and luxuriate in it.

“Mejarano is a product of the breeding within the States that we try for. It’s particular to have the ability to do it with him understanding that he was born right here and present that off. He tries his coronary heart out for me each time,” added the Ocala-based Gluch, who has just lately began coaching with fellow Ocala rider, Shelly Francis, after years coaching with Charlotte Bredahl.

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