Both Katie Dinan and Audrey Coulter debuted two very exciting new mounts in Saturday’s Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Miami. Both horses making their CSI5* 1.60 Grand Prix debuts, both Dinan and Coulter handled Uliano Vezzani’s technical first round well.
Audrey Coulter and Copernicus Stables acquired the stunning 10 year old bay stallion Capital Colnardo from the Capital Stud in South Africa, where South African rider Nicole Horwood had the ride. Coulter debuted the scopey stallion in his first CSI5* competition during the CSI5* World Cup week in Wellington at the beginning of March as part of the Winter Equestrian Festival.
“Colnardo is a new horse for me and I just started showing him mid-circuit in Wellingtin” said Coulter. “The Miami GCT was his first 1.60 and he jumped it incredibly. He is a very special horse and I am excited to get to know him better and progress as a team!”
Coulter not only made her own Global Champions Tour Grand Prix debut on Saturday in Miami, but debuted Capital Colnardo in the stallion’s first CSI5* 1.60 Grand Prix. The pair finished with only 4 faults and just out of the Top 18 with a time of 76.24 seconds. With the rest of the season ahead of them, Coulter looks to have an exciting mount in this scopey 10 year old stallion.
Katie Dinan also debuted her exciting new mount Stakorado, previously ridden by Poland’s Michal Kazmierczak in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Miami. The pair were seen at the CSI2* event at Live Oak, in Ocala, Florida in March. Saturday saw another young rider take a talented new mount to the next level, with Dinan riding Stakorado in his first CSI5* 1.60 Grand Prix as well. The pair jumped an impressive clear in the first round of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Miami, Dinan and Stakorado were one of twelve clear combinations to qualify for the second round of the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Miami. The pair earned 8 faults in the second round to finish 13th overall in the Grand Prix’s final results, ahead of Brazil’s Doda Miranda and AD Rahmannshof’s Bogeno. Dinan has announced she will be taking Stakorado to the Longines FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas in two weeks time.
“Stakorado is a very new mount for me, but I am thrilled with how he has been jumping” said Dinan. “He was previously competed by Michał Kaźmierczak in Europe and was quite successful in small arenas with a lot of atmosphere, so I am excited to take him to Las Vegas.”
As representatives of the North American East Coast League, Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partners’ Stakorado will be joined by Todd Minikus and Two Swans Farm’s Babalou 41, Laura Kraut and Evita Group’s Nouvelle, Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Simon, Hardin Towell and Jennifer Gates LLC’s Lucifer V, Kirsten Coe and Ilan Ferder, Lovsta Stuteri, and Tal Milstein’s Baronez or Lovsta Stuteri’s Czardas 30 as well as McLain Ward and Double H Farm’s HH Carlos Z or Sagamore Farm’s Rothchild.