Kate Kyros’ Host of Firsts Results in Under-25 Nations Cup Individual Gold in Wellington

Kate Kyros’ Host of Firsts Results in Under-25 Nations Cup Individual Gold in Wellington

Kate Kyros (AUS) rounded out Nations Cup week with a gold medal on Sunday, the final day of competition during week seven of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) in Wellington, FL. AGDF 2024, which hosts seven weeks of CDI competition and weekly national competitions, runs through March 31.

Kate Kyros, Josh Albrecht and Dennesy Rogers stand atop the podium for the Diamante Farms CDIO Under-25 Grand Prix Freestyle. Photo © SusanJStickle.com

An emotional Kyros landed the CDIO Under-25 Grand Prix Freestyle, sponsored by Diamante Farms, and with it the Nations Cup individual gold. She rode her mother Heather’s 12-year-old Connaisseur stallion Chemistry to 73.69% and the unanimous nod from all five judges. Two USA riders joined her on the podium, both with personal best scores. Twenty-two-year-old Josh Albrecht rode Coalcyn Equestrian LLC’s 13-year-old Apache gelding Goldenboy Vinckenburgh to 70.13% for the silver medal, while 21-year-old Dennesy Rogers’ 68.8% on her mother Dorriah’s 19-year-old Chanel (by Romanov) secured the bronze.

Kyros, who is just 19, was representing Australia for the first time in AGDF 7. She has been competing Chemistry for less than a year, but the partnership they have formed is strong.

“I was very emotional,” admitted Kyros, who rode to an Alice in Wonderland soundtrack. “Turning from my final piaffe pirouette I was thinking, ‘I am going to cry!’ I’m so ridiculously proud of him today. This is huge. I was nervous because he’s never done a freestyle with this big atmosphere before and he’s been a little nervous with the clapping, but the minute I got in there today I just knew I had him, we were totally together and we were going to be fine.

“It’s my first ever time representing Australia, my first ever Nations Cup, and my first time ever wearing all the uniform. Doing it on this big of a level is incredible. I don’t think many other Young Riders have medalled at the Nations Cup for Australia, so it’s super exciting,” she added.

“My mom does all my floor plans and we stay up countless nights watching other European kids and all the big competitions. I think it’s really important to cater to your horse’s strengths, so that’s what we aim to do.”

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