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Courtney King Crowned Winner in Second Day of Cosequin Wellington
Dressage With Idocus and Mythilus
PHOTO: Courtney King and Idocus in the USEF HP Grand Prix. Photo: Susan
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Wellington, FL - February 9, 2007 - The second day of dressage
competition in the Cosequin Wellington Dressage heated up as Courtney
King and her own Idocus brought home the blue ribbon in the USEF High
Performance Grand Prix.
Idocus, a Dutch stallion, won the grand prix at the Washington
International Horse Show in October and continued his ways this
afternoon. King was thrilled with her victory and noted that the
stallion came into the test feeling very strong.
"I was really happy with my test. He's been feeling great at home," King
commented. "I think the things I've worked on in the past couple months
I was able to put out there. I thought the passage was a lot better. The
one tempis are really expressive now - what can I say - he's a thrill to
ride, and he's very much my horse again. He's enthusiastic and trying
his heart out. He seems happy to be here and very proud of himself."
With a 70.760 percent, King was about four percentage points ahead of
the rest of the riders, which is a fairly large margin. She explained
that, "I had no idea what the other scores were. Idocus is a very
confirmed grand prix horse, and I'm a little bit biased, but I think
he's special to watch. I think he's really elegant and really balanced.
He doesn't have the biggest, loftiest gates, but everything he does, to
me, has expression in a very controlled way. That's what makes him
special for me."
King's goals for the rest of the year include the league finals and a
possible bid for the World Cup with Idocus. For her younger horses, she
said that she's like to shoot for the Pan American Games, but pointed
out that horses are horses, and things happen: "If one doesn't make it,
I'm not shattered about it." Spectators will be able to see King compete
again on Sunday in the I-I and Grand Prix freestyles.
Placing second and third in the HP grand prix were George Williams and
Marnix, and Suzanne Dansby Phelps and Cooper 19, respectively. In
addition to the grand prix, King also claimed the top prize in the FEI
Intermediaire I class with Mythilus, which hosted 22 riders and was the
largest class of the day. The pair was sixth yesterday in the FEI Prix
St. Georges and earned a 71.8875 today.
In the USEF High Performance Intermediaire I class, the same three
riders who took the top places yesterday repeated their performances.
Christopher Hickey and Regent were first with a 70.667 percent, King and
Rendezvous 3 were second with a 70.250, and Melissa Taylor and
Schumacker placed third with a 68.750 percent. Each horse and rider
combination earned the same placings the day before.
In the FEI Grand Prix, Canada's two-time Olympian Ashley Holzer and Pop
Art, a 10-year-old Dutch gelding, made their mark on the judges with a
colorful and expressive test to earn a 72.813 percent to win the class.
Lars Petersen and Succes followed in second place with a 69.063, while
Pati Pierruci and Cosaco rounded out the top three placings with a
The high performance classes perform the same test as their FEI
counterparts, but they are qualifying events for the Intermediaire I
National Championships and the Pan Am Games selection trials, both of
which will be held in Gladstone, NJ.
Dressage competition will continue through Sunday afternoon, and the
action kicks off at 8 a.m. Tomorrow's highlights are the USEF HP Grand
Prix Special, the FEI Test of Choice, and the Cosequin Dressage/Jumper