Articles: Press Release
Robert Dover and Kennedy Keep on Rolling. Win Grand Prix Special
at 2004 Olympic Dressage Trials
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San Juan Capistrano, California - Again today Robert Dover and FBW
Kennedy demonstrated masterful consistency and solidity, the hallmarks
of their vast experience. They won the Grand Prix Special in the
Selection Trials with a score of 78.640%, with two judges scoring them
just over 80%.
Dover summed up his two very different rides on Kennedy and Ranier,
"honestly, I was actually really relaxed going into the ring today, and
excited about especially riding Kennedy today, because I felt so
comfortable with him yesterday. . . and then a little bit concerned
between the two horses because my first ride had, those problems with
kicking up and Ranier was a little disobedient I would say. But the
minute I got on Kennedy, I knew everything was fine."
As much of a picture of consistency that Kennedy was, Ranier decided he
wanted things his own way today. Entering the ring with his tell tale
tail swishing enthusiastically he proceeded to kick out at transitions
and was not terribly focused on the job at hand. 'He is a very sensitive
horse with a huge amount of character and he can be lovely and he can be
naughty," said Dover. Ranier's willful ways today only got him to 8th
place and a score of 68.320%.
Once again, Gunter Seidel earned both second and third places today.
His horses finished in reverse order of each other from yesterday with
Nikolaus 7 second with 75.320% and Aragon, a former jumper from Bavaria,
third with 72.640%. About Nikolaus Seidel observed, "I thought
yesterday he was good already, and today I just tried to improve some
little other things, things I didn't like so much yesterday and it
worked pretty well. It was a really nice flowing test, it was just
comfortable and easy to ride."
Steffan Peters on Floriano finished fourth with 72.340%; Tina Konyot was
fifth at 71.8% with the crowd pleasing mare Anna Karenina; and Leslie
Morse and the stallion Kingston sixth at 71.080%.
Peters admitted Floriano's performance this weekend took even him by
surprise, "I'm very, very excited about Floriano, he's such an extremely
willing horse to work and sometimes too much. The horse has incredible
elasticity and three fantastic gaits. There's still lots of room for
improvement and I just talked to Klaus (Balkenhol) a little bit when we
got done and there's a lot of decisions that have to be made this week.
It's exciting to make those decisions. Obviously, coming into this
competition I would have put my money on Grandeur, that he would have
been the higher placed horse. The whole season at every single show
Floriano got a little bit better but it's a bit unexpected that he
should move that far ahead of Grandeur so we have to make some very
realistic decisions if he qualifies for the top five and goes to Europe.
"This is my first year in the Grand Prix with the mare, and it's all a
little bit green," commented Konyot about Anna Karenina. "I'm very proud
of her that she's gone this far, I mean, she's never done the Grand Prix
before. She was much better today than yesterday. I'm polishing up
little things, it's all rider error on my part. She's the most
wonderful mare to ride, I think I was just using a little too much spur
in the piaffe and doing some things that were throwing her off a little
bit. No stress this week, we'll have a normal week and see how it goes
this weekend. She's a wonderful girl." The crowd didn't seem to notice
some of Konyot's self-described errors and warmly applauded their
For Leslie Morse these trials are a work-in-progress. "For me this week
I did what I set out to do, to show consistency and no matter what the
day was like to show that I can get above a 70," she said. "And just to
build more confidence within the horse, with me, with the judges, with
the crowd, to show no matter what the day is we can do the job of the
test and ride clean. For me that's a huge accomplishment and I'm very
proud of us. We all know Kingston can be brilliant, that day's going to
come. Hopefully, it will be next weekend in the Freestyle. This
weekend we showed the consistent ride, a steady Eddie, and next weekend
I definitely want to show the other side."
Competition continues next weekend at Oaks Blenheim in San Juan
Capistrano with a Grand Prix on Saturday, June 19th and the Freestyle
on Sunday, June 20th.
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