Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Campbellville, wrapped up a highly successful winter season with a bronze medal performance as part of Team Canada 1 in the CDIO3* Wellington Nations’ Cup held April 11-14 as part of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL.
Riding Don Kontes, a 13-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding owned by Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic, Marcus put in an exciting performance in the Grand Prix on Friday (April 12) to help lead Canada to the podium. His teammates included Christilot Boylen riding Dio Mio, Brittany Fraser aboard All In and Evi Strasser with Action Tyme. Team USA 1 claimed the gold while Team USA 2 took home silver in the only Nations’ Cup competition held outside of Europe.
“It has been a tremendous season for both me and my students,” said Marcus. “The five months we’ve spent in Florida have gone by so quickly. I couldn’t be more pleased with how successful all of the horses were this winter.”Marcus’s bronze medal performance was the latest in a string of successes over the winter competition season. Riding Chrevi’s Capital, a 13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding also owned by Kinzinger Miculinic, Marcus topped the North American World Cup League after dominating the CDI-W Wellington Dressage in February. In the Grand Prix, he topped a starting field of 13 horses with a score of 70.34%, edging out Swedish Olympian Tinne Vilhelmson for the win. In the Grand Prix Freestyle, he performed his new musical program for just the second time in competition, earning an impressive score of 74.45% from the five-member panel of international judges to claim the top spot once again during the World Cup qualifying event.
Marcus and Chrevi’s Capital 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.
Don Kontes also proved to be a reliable partner for Marcus, with the pair winning the Grand Prix Freestyle during the CDI3* Sunshine Challenge in January on their score of 70.825% and finishing second in the Grand Prix.
“Winning the World Cup qualifier with Capital was definitely one of the high points of the winter season for me, as was competing in the World Dressage Masters for the first time,” explained Marcus. “I was also really excited about representing Canada with Don Kontes. I gave both horses their time to shine and I think it worked out really well for us.”
Marcus’s students also proved successful during the winter season, earning tremendous results of their own.
“All of my students did very well during the winter circuit,” said Marcus. “Ally Dunlop made her debut at the Young Riders level and finished her season with a win at the International Horse Sports Champion Cup in March. Maya Markowsk represented Canada for the first time as part of Team Canada 2 at the Wellington Nations’ Cup with Lumiere, finishing sixth. Lumiere is a great horse for Canada and I am really excited for their future together.”
Marcus credits his success in part to the amazing support he receives.
“Deborah Kinzinger Miculinic, who owns my horses, Robert Dover, who has been training me all winter, and Nicholas Fyffe, who is always a big help to me, helped make all of my success so far this season possible. I want to give them all a huge ‘thank you’ for supporting me this winter.”
With the winter competition circuit now over, Marcus will return to Canada to give the horses a bit of a break before preparing for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.