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Tina Konyot and Calecto V Win FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI* 5 at AGDF 2014


By Laura Cardon, Jennifer Wood Media

Competition at the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, Florida continued on Friday March 28, 2014 with four major classes. Starting the day, American Chris Hickey topped the FEI Prix St. Georges, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, with Cecelia Stewart's Ronaldo. Fellow American Adrienne Lyle finished first with Peggy Thomas' Wizard in the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI 5*, presented by Diamante Farms. Megan Lane (CAN) and Caravella clinched the first place prize in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 3* and Tina Konyot (USA) and Calecto V took top prize in Friday's feature class, the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI 5*. This was the finale event of the “Friday Night Stars” series at the 2014 AGDF, and it ended with a packed house of spectators.

Konyot (USA) received a crystal horse from the Esperanza Collection of Swarovski for her winning ride with Calecto V, her 16-year-old Danish Warmblood stallion out of Bahera by Come Back II. The pair earned an impressive 79.250% to pick up the top prize for the class.

“Calecto is like a fine wine,” Konyot grinned. “He just keeps getting better. I had a wonderful ride, just a great way to end the season. I had a wonderful experience; a great ride, a great feeling, great energy!”

Konyot was happy that Calecto is peaking as he heads into the FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in April. She was also especially pleased to earn their highest score yet in the Grand Prix Freestyle. 

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