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Australia’s Kelly Layne and Samhitas place 3rd in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4* at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival

Kelly Layne Samhitas not for reuse © SusanStickle

Kelly Layne and Samhitas placed 3rd in Saturday's FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*

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Kelly Layne and Samhitas have continued their successful run of shows in America, placing third in Saturday’s FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI4*, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, at Wellington’s Adequan® Global Dressage Festival with a score of 72.895%.

It was Yvonne Losos De Muñiz (DOM) and Aquamarijn who notched victory in the class, riding to a personal best score of 80.745%.


Yvonne Losos De Muniz and Aquamdrijn not for reuse © SusanStickle

Yvonne Losos De Muniz and Aquamdrijn

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“Right now I think I’m still on cloud nine,” said Losos De Muñiz after her performance with the 2005 KWPN mare by United. “The whole week has been incredible. As I mentioned yesterday, I am incredibly satisfied in knowing that the training is working, that I’m on and she’s on.”

She continued, “I’m thrilled where I ended up. I’ve reached all of my personal goals, and right now I’m exactly where I wanted to be going into this next part of training while setting up for the Olympics, so I’m going to go on vacation now! This season I made my freestyle more difficult, and there was a period of time once or twice after riding it that I have been tempted to back off and tone it down, but I knew that if I could ride it at home then I could ride it here. I just needed to figure out the amount of pressure where, when, and how, and today I figured it out. We nailed it, and it was such a cool feeling going down that center line, and I just wanted to cheer the whole way. It’s really an amazing feeling when you’re at that point with your equine partner; there is no other feeling in the world. It’s pretty amazing.”

Losos De Muñiz also credited the quality and atmosphere of the AGDF venue saying, “The atmosphere here [at AGDF] is amazing, and while I know that there are other incredible venues out there, I think that this venue here offers us so much in every aspect. I couldn’t ask for a better place to compete throughout the winter.”


Christoph Koschel and Eaton Unitechno not for reuse © SusanStickle

Christoph Koschel and Eaton Unitechno

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Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 4* was awarded to Christoph Koschel (GER) on Eaton Unitechno, Unitechno, Inc.’s 2009 KWPN gelding by Wynton, with a personal best score of 76.805%, while third was rounded out by Kelly Layne (AUS) on Samhitas, Kelly Layne and Nori Maezawa’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Sir Donnerhall I, with 72.895%.

For more information and to see a full list of results, click here.  

Source: Event Media Release






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