Dujardin's Florentina Shines in Small Tour at 2018 CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 09:14
2018 CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland
Charlotte Dujardin and Florentina sweep the small tour at the 2018 CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland :: Photo © Astrid Appels

British double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin swept the boards at the 2018 CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland on 5 - 8 April 2018. Not only did she clock a double victory in the big tour on her WEG team hopeful Mount St. John Freestyle, but also in the small tour she scored a hattrick aboard her own 8-year old mare Florentina. 

Florentina is an 8-year old Dutch warmblood mare by Vivaldi out of Avondsterina S (by Rubels x Larduc).

Dujardin acquired Florentina as a 2-year old at the Brightwells Auction in Addington in 2012 for £33,000. She now co-owns the mare with Paul and Wendy Dockley. The pair won the 2015 British Young Horse Championships in the 5-year old division and the 2018 CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland was their interntional show debut. 

In a field of no less than 34 small tour combinations, they won all three rounds with whopping scores from the judges: 77.647% in the Prix St Georges, 77.059% in the Intermediaire I and78.800% in the Intermediaire I Kur to Music.  

The pair felt the biggest competition from Dutch team rider Patrick van der Meer on his talented, powerful rising star First Apple, an 8-year old KWPN gelding by Vivaldi x Partout. He was second in the Prix St Georges with 71.4781%, second in the Intermediaire I (73.412%) and second in the Inter I Kur (76.950%). 

Patrick van der Meer and First Apple
The Joosland small tour featured a whole delegation of Asian riders who are assembling scores and ring mileage for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia in September. Nine riders from Japan, Thailand, Korea, and Taiwan. 

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