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This Week in International Disciplines
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January 25, 2011
From the USEF Communications Department
The USEF Annual Meeting celebrated 2010's champions and Reining superstars
Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite were honored for an outstanding year
of achievement. They were the only U.S. pair to win two Gold medals at the
2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Gunners Special Nite, owned by
Sarah Wilemen, was voted USEF Horse of the Year for his achievements and the
following night, McCutcheon won the top honor (Equestrian of the Year) for
himself. It was an outstanding accomplishment for both horse and rider.
Meanwhile, in warmer climates, the 2011 season was getting underway in the
The first 2010 CDI kicked off the season in Florida over the weekend and
Tina Konyot took top honors with Calecto V. They represented the U.S. at
the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games last fall and returned to form after
a winter break with a convincing performance for a score of 71.745% to win
the Grand Prix for the Freestyle. Konyot was then second in the Freestyle
behind Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Favourit from Sweden.
Elizabeth Austin scored a win in the Grand Prix for the Special with Olivier
- their score of 66.809% gave them a clear victory over Tuny Page and
Alina. The pair swapped places in the Special, with Page's score of 65.771%
relegating Austin and Olivier to second on 62.917%.
The small tour classes featured some exciting up-and-coming horses with
qualification for the 2011 Pan American Games on their minds. Heather Blitz
and Paragon scored 75.746% to win the Prix St Georges and 73.509% to win the
Intermediaire I, Shawna Harding and Rigo were runners-up in both classes
but went on to win the Intermediaire I Freestyle.
Complete results are available here: http://www.gcdafl.org/
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