Despite earning the invitation to the prestigious annual event, Marcus has decided to not attend.
“Upon careful reflection and after many discussions with my trainer (and four-time Olympic team bronze medalist) Robert Dover, and (horse) owner, Deborah Miculinic, we have made the very difficult decision to step aside from the World Cup Final this year,” said Marcus, 32.
“(Chrevi’s) Capital has had an incredible six months since the Olympic Games, winning at Devon and continuing a meteoric rise through the winter dressage season in Wellington. His score for his recent win in the CDI-W Wellington Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle was just shy of 75 percent, proving that he is a legitimate contender for the world stage in the future.
“We will continue to work towards representing Canada at the upcoming 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.”
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) released the official standings for the North American World Cup League on Monday (March 25). Marcus topped the leaderboard with an average score of 73.975% earned riding Chrevi’s Capital, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Chrevi’s Cavallo x Weinberg).
Marcus’s 2012 Canadian Olympic teammate Jacqueline Brooks ranked second with an average score of 72.600% riding D Niro.
The top two athletes in the standings are invited to contest the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Final.
Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital won the Grand Prix at CDI-W Dressage at Devon last fall before dominating the CDI-W Wellington Dressage in February, winning the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 74.45%. The pair also received an invitation to the prestigious CDI5* World Dressage Masters Palm Beach in January where they were the sole Canadian representatives to advance to the Grand Prix Freestyle, placing sixth overall.
Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital will next compete at the CDI5* Wellington from April 4-7 in Wellington, FL.
In addition to Chrevi’s Capital, Marcus has enjoyed great success this winter with Don Kontes, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding also owned by Kinzinger Miculinic. Marcus and Don Kontes were recently named to the Canadian A team for the upcoming CDIO Wellington Dressage Nations’ Cup to be held from April 11-14 in Wellington, FL.