Barbançon Scores a Double to Close Out Her First Adequan® Global Dressage Festival Season in Style
It was an epic and unforgettable day for 30-year-old French rider Morgan Barbançon, who capped a sensational first Wellington season of her career with wins in both the Dutta Corp CDI4* Grand Prix Special and the Beatrice Marienau Dressage CDI3* Grand Prix Special. They were the two showcase classes of the penultimate day of week 11 during the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF). AGDF 2023, which hosts seven weeks of CDI competition over three months, runs through April 2. The wins took Barbançon’s tally of victories to three in under 24 hours — all on different horses.
On Saturday, she led the four-star class on the 11-year-old Habana Libre A (by Zizi Top x United), pulling out a unanimous win on 71.702% from final draw, despite a mistake in the one-time changes on the diagonal. American ladies filled the remaining two podium steps, with Katie Duerrhammer and Paxton sealing second on 69.234% and Alice Tarjan third riding Candescent to 68.596%.
Press release Wellington International
Photo © SusanJStickle.com – Morgan Barbançon & Habana Libre V, winners of the Dutta Corp CDI4* Grand Prix Special.