Marcus dressage shines in Saugerties


David Marcus and Don Kontes placed third in the Grand Prix Special at the CDI-W NEDA Fall Festival held September 13 to 16 in Saugerties, New York. (Photo: Lisa Slade/The Chronicle of the Horse Photo)

Saugerties, New York – Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, ON, enjoyed a successful weekend at the CDI-W NEDA Fall Festival held Sept. 13-16.

In the Grand Prix, Marcus placed third with Chrevi’s Capital, who scored 67.957% to finish just ahead of barn mate Don Kontes, who earned 67.532% from the five-member panel of international judges. Fifteen horses competed in the Grand Prix, which acts as a World Cup qualifying event.

“I was really happy to get in the ring again, and I was very pleased with Capital’s performance,” said Marcus, a former McMaster student who was competing with Chrevi’s Capital for the first time since the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “My goal was to go in and ride conservatively and build his confidence again, which I think worked well. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I wanted to give him the best experience possible.”

Marcus chose Chrevi’s Capital, a 12-year-old Danish Warmblood, as his mount in the Grand Prix Freestyle, taking third place with a score of 68.275%.

Marcus further explained, “I also think that Chrevi’s Capital has to go in all types of atmospheres, which is why he will go to Devon from here. I want to make sure he has a positive experience in the ring while, at the same time, encounters situations with a lot of atmosphere.”

It was a successful weekend all around for David Marcus Dressage. Trainer Nicholas Fyffe, representing his native Australia, placed second in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 69.325% riding Sentimiento I for owner Tamara Gerber. The pair was also fifth in the Grand Prix scoring 66.362%.

Fresh off her bronze medal win at the North American Young Riders’ Championship, Alexandra Reid of Carlisle, ON, made a clean sweep of the Young Riders’ division, winning all three tests with VIP, also owned by Deborah Miculinic. Ally Dunlop of Burlington, ON, repeated the same feat in the CDI Junior division, capturing three wins aboard her horse, Danero.

“The kids did really well,” said Marcus. “I was really proud of them this weekend; they both rode great tests and consistently scored some of the best scores they’ve ever had. I couldn’t be more proud of them, and I am so pleased for Nicholas, who has become such a huge part of our team.

Marcus and his horses, as well as his other students, will next compete at CDI-W Dressage at Devon in Pennsylvania from September 27 to 30.