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Kim Gentry and Leonardo Named to Australian Nation’s Cup Team


2015/04/03


By Nancy Brannon

It’s always a pleasure to receive good news, and on March 5, 2015 Kim Gentry received some absolutely great news! The letter read:

“I write on behalf of the National Dressage Selectors to advise that you have been selected onto the Australian Team to compete at Wellington Nations Cup Event held from the 21-28th March.”

Kim has been competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in warm, sunny Wellington, Florida. The Adequan Global Dressage Festival is the world’s largest international and national dressage circuit and includes the only CDIO Nations’ Cup in the Western Hemisphere. The AGDF CDIO3* Nations Cup was held March 24-28, 2015. Judges for this competition are Elizabeth McMullen (5* Judge, CAN); Joan Macartney (R Judge CAN); and Anne Gribbons (5* Judge USA).

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to represent Australia in team competition,” Gentry exclaimed. “I know my teammates and I expect it to be fun. I would have liked to have had a better winter to prepare more, but we make the best of the situation. I did get in some solid riding and I’ve gotten used to the warm weather and sunshine!”

Gentry was born in Australia and has dual citizenship – there and in the U.S., where she has lived for over 30 years. Last year Leo, who just turned eight, was listed with the Australian Equestrian Team on the Futures Squad, as was her younger horse Frasier, age 6. Leo is trained by Gentry has been with her his whole career. “We have a really cool freestyle using music from the movie ‘Australia;’ it’s really fitting for the team competition,” Gentry said.

Australia will field a team in the small tour of the FEI Nations Cup CDIO3* event in Wellington, Florida. Congratulations to the following riders who form the Australian team:

- Nicholas Fyffe & Banzai LS
- Karin Davis & Morris
- Kim Gentry & Leonardo

Ilse Schwarz will accompany the team in the role of Chef d'Equipe. The event runs from 21-28 March.
The Concours Dressage International (CDIO) is a dressage competition recognized by the FEI in which there are Olympic qualifying or Olympic classes. This is one of six competitions in the 2015 Calendar, which began March 4-8 with the CDIO3* in Vidauban (FRA).

Kim is hosting two Alfredo Hernandez clinics this season: April 2-4 and July 26-28. See kimgentrydressage.com for more details.

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