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U.S. Riders Produce Up-Beat Freestyles at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup
Jan Ebeling and Rafalca (Susan J. Stickle/PhelpsSports.com)
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April 21, 2012
By Helen Murray
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands- The United States' two representatives
produced solid, fun Freestyle tests this afternoon at the Indoor Brabant in
the final round of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final. Jan Ebeling
and Shawna Harding utilized the lessons learned in Friday's Grand Prix to
produced better performances; both riders witnessed improved marks from the
Grand Prix to the Freestyle.
Ebeling (Moorpark, CA) put the mistakes of the previous day behind him and
displayed an improved rhythm to score 69.875 for 15th place. Riding Amy
Ebeling's Oldenburg mare, Rafalca, Ebeling stayed perfectly in tune with the
up-tempo music throughout his ride. The pair had a dramatic finish to their
test with piaffe on the centerline and culminating with one-handed paiffe
into the salute. A slight spook following the two-time changes performed on
the rail was one of few mistakes in a pleasing effort.
"I'm very happy with my test today, there were little mistakes in the twos
but that's difficult on the rail there, there was a little spook. But it's
not an Operating Room in there; it's a live arena. And we got more exposure
and next time we'll be better."
Ebeling, competing in his third Finals, always enjoys the experience of
these Championships and was pleased he was able to get improvement today.
"I was disappointed with yesterday. I really lost focus and she sensed that
and made mistakes. Today we were able to redeem ourselves." Said Ebeling,
"It's always an honor to be here and represent your country. These shows are
unbelievable, the jumping, the audience are all great. It's really wonderful
Shawna Harding (Aiken, SC) followed Ebeling into the ring with her own Come
On III and performed an enjoyable Freestyle. The highlights of the test were
a relaxed walk-tour and bold canter lengthenings performed to a selection of
classic rock songs. They scored 68.821 for 16th place.
Holland's Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival defended their Reem Acra
FEI World Cup Dressage Final title after scoring 86.250. Second was
Germany's Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW with a score of 85.214,
while Valentina Truppa and Eremo Del Castegno rode to a score of 81.232 for
Both U.S. riders leave 's-Hertogenbosch with a wealth of experience and have
benefitted from their 2012 Final experience.
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Details about the Finals are available at http://www.indoorbrabant.com/
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