Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton Start AGDF Week 9 With Win in FEI Para Team Test Grade I CPEDI 3*
Week 9 of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) started on Friday, March 8, with FEI Para Team Tests. This is the second week of AGDF that offers international competition for para-dressage riders. Para riders from Grade I to Grade V rode in FEI Individual Tests on Saturday, and those with an average combined score of 60.000% or higher qualified for the FEI Para Freestyle Tests on Sunday.
Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton started the morning with a win in the FEI Para Team Test Grade I – CPEDI 3* with a score of 75.060%. Grade I Para Riders have severe impairments affecting all limbs and trunk. The riders usually require the use of a wheelchair, and their balance is severely impaired. “I thought it went really well,” said Trunnell of her test with the seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Danone I owned by Kate Shoemaker. “We’ve been working on getting him stretching more. I thought the stretch was good. We want him more framed up, more in a compact position with his head, not so out in front and loose.”
Trunnell enjoys working with Dolton. She said, “He has a huge walk and a very cute personality. We’re starting to really bond. He’s only seven, and he’s just a baby. He still has those cute baby quirks to him. Every test is a learning experience for him. We’re learning how to make it better every time.”
Alanna Flax-Clark and El Paso, her 15-year-old Dutch Riding gelding by Elegant, won the FEI Para Team Test Grade II – CPEDI 3* with a score of 66.212%.
In the FEI Para Team Test Grade III – CPEDI 3*, Rebecca Hart and Fortune 500, a nine-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Rowan O’Riley, won with a score of 68.529%.
Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40, her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit, won the FEI Para Team Test Grade IV – CPEDI 3* with a score of 72.00%.
In the FEI Para Team Test Grade V – CPEDI 3*, Lee Garrod and Question, her 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Quaterback, rode to a win with a score of 65.000%.
Cynthia Screnci and Sally L, her 15-year-old Hanoverian mare by Satisfaction, concluded the day of competition with a win in the FEI Para Novice Test A Grade V – CPEDI 1*. The pair rode to a score of 61.927%.