Canada Leads Off Six Teams in Wellington CDIO3* Nations Cup

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 22, 2023–Canada leads off six teams from four continents in the CDIO3* Nations Cup in Wellington Thursday to kick off the 2023 trans-Atlantic series.

The six teams are Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden and the United States that have been hosted at the Global Dressage Festival and sponsored by Stillpoint Farm for more than a decade. Individuals in the CDIO3* include combinations from Ecuador, Denmark, Korea, Singapore, Spain and Venezuela.

The team competition is the only event of mixed Big and Small Tour combinations in the lineup of Nations Cups in Europe throughout the summer.

The winning team will be decided by the scores of the Prix St. Georges and Grand Prix Thursday and Intermediate I and Grand Prix Special Friday. Big Tour combinations get a 1.5% bonus added to their scores.

Germany has won the last two Nations Cups in Wellington.

Of interest will be the Grand Prix ride of Bohemian by Korea’s Dong Seon Kim who bought the Olympic team horse ridden by Cathrine Laudrup-Dufour of Denmark about a month ago.

The teams:
United States of America
Susan DUTTA – Don Design DC
Charlotte JORST – Zhaplin Langholt
Anna MAREK – Duvel
Christian SIMONSON – Son of a Lady

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Groom Spotlight: Monica Stanke Relishes Her Role As An Emotional Support Human

On her first trip to Europe as a groom, Stanke accompanied Lyle’s student Christian Simonson as part of the U.S. young rider dressage team last summer. At that point, Simonson had only been partnered with 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding Son Of A Lady for four months.

With only one horse to care for over the month-long stay, Stanke was able to bring her considerable relationship-building skills to the table.

“We taught him how to smile,” she recalled. “We spent a lot of quality time and grew attached. When we got to all the places, he was like, ‘You’re my person and you’re here, too.’”

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American Teams for 2023 CDIO Wellington Announced

US Equestrian  announced the combinations selected to represent the U.S.A in the FEI Dressage Nations Cup in Wellington, Fla., from February 23-26, 2023.

This will be the first team outing of the 2023 competition season for U.S. Dressage Team at the first leg of the 2023 FEI Nations Cup circuit. 

One senior and two Under 25 teams have been named


  • Susie Dutta (Wellington, Fla.) and Don Design DC, a 2010 Hanoverian gelding owned by Susie and Tim Dutta
  • Charlotte Jorst (Reno, Nev.) and Zhaplin Langholt, a 2013 Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Kastel Denmark
  • Anna Marek (Dunnellon, Fla.) and Duvel, a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Cynthia Davila
  • Christian Simonson (Ventura, Calif.) and Son of a Lady, a 2011 Danish Warmblood gelding owned by Christina Morgan and Clifton Simonson

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Christian Simonson rides Son of a Lady to victory in Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival CDI1* Prix St. Georges in First Senior International Competition for Partnership

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 26, 2023–Christian Simonson rode Son of a Lady to victory in the Global Dressage Festival CDI1* Prix St. Georges Thursday in the first senior international competition for the partnership.

Christian, based in Wellington, and the 12-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding were awarded 74.657% in the first event for the pair that was competing at Young Rider level up until six weeks ago.

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American Young Rider Christian Simonson Takes Over Ride on Harmony’s Duval, Competed by Adrienne Lyle for Past 5 Years

American Young Rider Christian Simonson has taken over the ride on Harmony’s Duval that was competed by Adrienne Lyle for the past five years.

Christian, 20 years old, who is coached by Adrienne, hopes to compete the 14-year-old American-bred gelding in the Under-25 division in 2023. The horse is owned by Duval Partners LLC.

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U.S. Young Rider Dressage Team Concludes European Tour with Hagen CDIOY

Hagen, Germany – The U.S. Young Rider Dressage Team capped a month’s long tour in Europe with a team finish in the Hagen CDIOY, taking eighth place. The team, led by USEF Youth
Coach and Chef d’Equipe George Williams, saw improved rides from Erin Nichols, Mackenzie Peer, and Christian Simonson throughout the course of the competition. Hosted at Future
Champions in Hagen, Germany, the competition saw 10 countries and 26 talented combinations compete in the CDIOY division, showcasing future dressage talents.

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