Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In Sparkle With Win in the FEI Grand Prix CDI5*
Week 5 of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) started on Thursday, February 7, with CDI5* dressage competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In won the FEI Grand Prix CDI5, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors, to qualify for the five-star freestyle on Friday night. The pair earned a score of 71.304%.
“I was really pleased with my test today. This year I’m not going to the Pan Ams because I’m pregnant, and I wanted to really just focus on nit-picking the movements apart to see where I can get more points. It’s paying off,” said Frasier, who competed for Canada at the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 (WEG). “The last show and this show have been probably my best Grand Prix [tests] that I’ve ever had. So I’m really thankful for that.”
“The first part I thought was pretty strong–the trot, the half passes–my piaffe I thought is getting better. My changes were also much better,” commented Frasier about her test. “The whole thing just seemed easier. He’s a big horse, and it takes a lot of energy to get through the Grand Prix, and everything just started to feel a little bit easier, which is nice.”
This might have been Frasier’s last competition before her pregnancy. “I feel fine, the doctor says I’m fine, but I’m just going to take it as it comes. Ideally I would love to do Nations Cup, but I can’t say yes or no to that right now,” added Frasier. “I think the highest score I’ve gotten in my freestyle is almost 77%. I would love to beat that score. I really love riding my freestyle and coming out here on Friday night with the atmosphere. It’s really a fun time.”
Second place went to Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding by Cantango owned by Jane Forbes Clark, with a score of 70.696%. “He wanted to be quite hot today, which he goes back and forth from being hot. I’m going to make sure that I give him a little ride in the morning tomorrow to see how electric he’s feeling,” commented Bateson-Chandler about Alcazar. “I’ll make sure that I have him in the right spot for tomorrow night to give everyone a run for their money I hope.”
“Brittany and I, we did the first International II at the national side at the same time, and we did our first Grand Prix at the same time on the national side,” Bateson-Chandler pointed out. “I always group those two horses [All In and Alcazar] together for some reason, because they did their first international together at the same time and they sort of came up on the same trajectory together.” “We both sort of struggled a little at the beginning and now they’re both 14 and both coming into their prime. You know it just takes that long,” added Bateson-Chandler.
Yvonne Losos De Muniz and Foco Loco W, her 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Sierappel, came in third with a score of 69.696%. “The test today felt actually a little better than what I was expecting. He’s there and ready to go, but I’m being a little greedy as I’m jumping into the ring so fast and I do need to get into a little better shape,” commented De Muniz, who injured her shoulder and was out of the saddle for three months in 2018. “I’m really happy with the way he’s going.”
De Muniz said of her goals for the Friday night freestyle, “The atmosphere is still a lot for him. I don’t want to say he’s hypersensitive; he’s actually a chicken. [I just want] to keep him with me and together, [that will] will be absolutely my goal. And to have fun, as these guys [Fraser-Beaulieu and Bateson-Chandler] were saying, the five-star is just so much fun.”