USA’s Caroline Roffman & Her Highness O Place 2nd to Denmark’s Kristine Moller & Reve En Noir at Compiègne CDI3* Prix St. Georges

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Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Denmark’s Kristine Moller and Reve En Noir won the Prix St. Georges at Compiègne, France CDI3* Friday whie Caroline Roffman competing for the first time outside the United States rode Her Highness O to second place, the only two combinations to score above 70 per cent.

The 24-year-old Caroline of Wellington, Florida and Her Highness O that is her own horse led until Kristine and Reve En Noir, the last to go in the starting lineup of 36 horses and riders from 12 nations.

Kristine and Reve En Noir scored 71.316 per ent while Caroline and Her Highness O were at 70.500 per cent. Great Britain’s Gareth Hughes and Aramis T were third on 69.737 per cent.

Asked after the class about her result, she laughed: “I’m never coming home.”

“What a wonderful experience. I’d be lying if I said I was not peeing my pants–the horses here are incredible, the riders are incredible. It’s pretty amazing.

“I was quite conservative. I had mistakes, it was not a perfect test. I tried to be conservatve and careful.

“The horse handled it beautifully, went in there all business.

“I’m ecstatic,on cloud nine.

“I feel a little baffled. I hear all these stories of Americans coming to Europe and getting low scores. I’m happy to be able to be in the ribbons. I’m so thrilled, very proud and happy.”

By the time Caroline and Her Highness O entered the arena as the 24th in the starting lineup, only three marks of better than 70 per cent had been awarded by any of the five judges at that stage, and no more than one score at that level to any rider.

The American received scores of at least 70 per cent from three judges, the highest being 73.158 per cent, and was placed first by two judges as was Kristine and  and Reve En Noir.

Caroline was riding at this international show whch has attracted Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain’s 2012 Olympic gold medal team in the Grand Prix as her first ever competition outside the United States.

Caroline began competing Her Highness O, 10-year-old Hanoverian mare (Hohenstein x Weltmeyer) in CDIs in January this year and in nine small tour starts during the Florida winter circuit racked up four wins, three second places and two thirds.

The pair is ranked fourth in the U.S. The combination was on the USA 1 gold medal team at the Wellington Nations Cup last month and also won individual bronze in the CDIO3*. And in 2012, they won the U.S. Developing Horse Championship.

She scratched Sagacious HF from the Grand Prix that was to be preparation to becoming the first American to compete in the highly competitive Under-25 division at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, the globe’s premier horse show as well as ride Her Highness O in the small tour in a month’s time. The horse appeared to be feeling the effects of travel and was not presented for the veterinary inspection.

After a day’s rest, Sagacious appeared fully recovered and was lightly worked Friday

Caroline and the two horses have been training in Saumur, France with three-time Spanish Olympian Juan Matute and his family, now based in Wellington but spend the summer in Europe where their two children are highly successful riders.

Caroline and Sagacious is the top ranked combination in the Brentina Cup Under-25 division in the United States and Her Highness is among the highest on the Tim Dutta National Intermediate I Championship rankings with an average of 71.414 per cent, just 0.105 per cent off the lead.

Caroline took over the ride last July on the 14-year-old KWPN gelding (Welt Hit II x Cocktail), who won team gold and individual silver for Lauren Sammis of the United States at the 2007 Pan American Games at small tour.

Sagacious HF confirmed himself with two scores well above 70 per cent in CDI U25 events on the Florida winter circuit this year, the last year in the division for the rider who was the FEI Rising Star in 2010.

PRIX ST. GEORGES
Judge E: HANS CHRISTIAN MATTHIESEN Judge H: JANINE ROHR-CICUREL Judge C: MARY ROBINS
Judge M: MARIETTE WITHAGES Judge B: RAPHAEL SALEH

Rk  Num Horse Rider Nat.  E %  H %  C %  M %  B % Total
1 78   REVE EN NOIR   KRISTINE MOLLER 73.947
(1)
68.816
(4)
67.895
(5)
70.789
(2)
75.132
(1)
71.316
2 106   HER HIGHNESS O   CAROLINE ROFFMAN 70.921
(6)
71.053
(1)
73.158
(1)
67.763
(6)
69.605
(5)
70.500
3 88   ARAMIS T   GARETH HUGHES 73.947
(1)
67.895
(8)
68.289
(3)
69.211
(4)
69.342
(6)
69.737
4 77   ANNARICO   FANNY VERLIEFDEN 68.289
(9)
69.342
(3)
68.684
(2)
67.500
(8)
72.105
(2)
69.184
5 90   FABIOSO   PETER STORR 73.026
(3)
65.263
(27)
66.974
(7)
71.842
(1)
67.237
(11)
68.868
6 101   VANQUISCH   JOYCE LENAERTS 68.553
(8)
69.474
(2)
68.026
(4)
66.053
(16)
69.868
(3)
68.395
7 94   MICHIGAN   CHIARA PRIJS VITALE 71.711
(5)
67.763
(9)
65.395
(15)
64.342
(27)
68.816
(7)
67.605
7 75   WARHOL   FRANCOISE HOLOGNE-JOUX 71.842
(4)
66.974
(16)
65.658
(14)
68.684
(5)
64.868
(19)
67.605
9 79   LUX DRESSAGE STATESMAN OLD   FIE CHRISTINE SKARSOE 68.816
(7)
67.763
(9)
64.474
(26)
66.184
(14)
68.816
(7)
67.211
10 96   FREESTYLE 27   SASCHA SCHULZ 67.763
(10)
66.711
(18)
65.132
(17)
66.711
(9)
68.684
(9)
67.000
11 92   POWERFEE GB   BIANCA KASSELMANN 65.395
(22)
67.500
(11)
65.789
(13)
70.000
(3)
64.342
(23)
66.605
11 108   BONAIRE VAN DE MOTTELHOEVE   YONI DE SOUTER 66.711
(15)
68.289
(6)
67.632
(6)
64.868
(25)
65.526
(13)
66.605
13 82   AMADOR 12   HENRI RUOSTE 67.763
(10)
68.816
(4)
65.132
(17)
67.632
(7)
63.421
(26)
66.553
14 86   CALVIN G   ALEX HARDWICK 66.316
(17)
67.105
(13)
66.316
(10)
66.316
(13)
66.447
(12)
66.500
15 95   DELON   ISABELLE FABER 67.632
(12)
65.658
(24)
64.211
(28)
65.132
(23)
69.737
(4)
66.474
16 89   RUBINI ROYALE   REBECCA CAROLINE HUGHES 67.632
(12)
65.526
(25)
63.947
(29)
65.789
(18)
68.026
(10)
66.184
17 81   SUNNY BOY   JUAN ANTONIO JIMENEZ COBO 65.658
(20)
68.026
(7)
65.132
(17)
66.184
(14)
65.000
(16)
66.000
18 103   ZOOLANDER   JACQUELINE TONNAER 66.842
(14)
66.974
(16)
65.263
(16)
65.526
(21)
63.947
(25)
65.711
19 93   ROCKABELLA   NAUSICAA MARONI 65.658
(20)
67.105
(13)
64.605
(24)
65.921
(17)
64.737
(20)
65.605
20 73   ROYAL RUBINSTEIN   DAVID ENGELEN 66.184
(19)
66.316
(21)
66.053
(11)
65.789
(18)
63.421
(26)
65.553
21 76   ZEPHYR   DOMINIQUE MOHIMONT 64.342
(25)
65.395
(26)
66.711
(8)
66.579
(11)
64.605
(21)
65.526
22 83   DAVINO 22   SERGE CANTIN 66.711
(15)
67.368
(12)
64.737
(22)
64.342
(27)
64.342
(23)
65.500
23 91   HIGHLIGHT   STEFFEN ASCHERL 64.474
(24)
66.579
(19)
64.737
(22)
66.447
(12)
65.000
(16)
65.447
24 99   OXFORD   KIM HUIZER 66.316
(17)
67.105
(13)
64.605
(24)
63.947
(29)
65.000
(16)
65.395
25 70   SOLITAIRE   KARA BOSMAN 65.395
(22)
66.447
(20)
65.921
(12)
66.711
(9)
62.237
(28)
65.342
26 71   ELIAS   VIRGINIE DELTOUR 63.289
(29)
64.474
(30)
66.579
(9)
65.658
(20)
65.263
(14)
65.053
27 87   TALENT III   MATTHEW HICKS 63.816
(28)
64.474
(30)
65.132
(17)
64.868
(25)
65.263
(14)
64.711
28 100   ZABEL   JESSICA LEIJSER 64.342
(25)
66.184
(22)
62.632
(30)
63.947
(29)
61.579
(30)
63.737
29 107   RIVER’S MODOR   DANIELLE KEUR 63.026
(30)
66.053
(23)
62.500
(31)
63.684
(32)
61.579
(30)
63.368
30 104   SIRLANO   TANYA SEYMOUR 59.868
(34)
65.132
(29)
65.132
(17)
63.816
(31)
61.184
(32)
63.026
31 84   LA FESTA   SOPHIE FALCONNIER 64.342
(25)
61.842
(32)
61.711
(32)
65.263
(22)
60.789
(33)
62.789
32 98   DENFORD DIVA   DEBBIE BROOKS 61.184
(33)
60.395
(35)
64.342
(27)
61.184
(34)
64.605
(21)
62.342
33 80   LUNA RM   MARTA DUQUE UCAR 61.974
(31)
65.263
(27)
60.000
(33)
61.711
(33)
62.105
(29)
62.211
34 85   CHAMIRO VAN DE KAMPERT   LUDOVIC HENRY 61.579
(32)
61.053
(34)
60.000
(33)
65.000
(24)
60.395
(34)
61.605
35 74   DON FUEGO   STEFFI HESTERS 57.368
(35)
61.842
(32)
55.000
(35)
61.053
(35)
56.842
(35)
58.421
72   WARINA UTOPIA   ONA DEWAEGENAERE  – ELI/EL