Nick Wagman and Don John Kick Off AGDF 8 With a Win

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews The 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) resumed competition with AGDF 8 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, on Thursday, March 4, and welcomed a victory in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by The Dutta Corp. for the USA’s Nick Wagman and Don John. AGDF 8 continues through Sunday, March 7, and the circuit hosts 10 weeks of international and national dressage competition until April 4. Free live streaming and on-demand of select classes are available to view at and Beverly Jean Gepfer’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Johnson TN, Don John, notched their second personal best score of the 2021 AGDF season with a 74.478%, almost four points higher than second place finisher Jessica Howington (USA) and her own Cavalia.“He was really with me the whole time today,” began Wagman. “Normally I get a few nerves in the Grand Prix because it’s the first test of the show, but I didn’t have any today. I even came out and said to Debbie [McDonald] that this is the first time I haven’t had any nerves in a long time. DJ just felt solid, so I was able to actually think about my riding while I was in there and actually work on the details that I can sometimes gloss over because I’m just trying to get through it.”Wagman continued, “I haven’t watched the video yet, but the piaffe and passage work felt pretty reliable today. My right pirouette felt super. I made the mistake in the ones today, and that was just all me. I got to the end and was like, ‘Oh, don’t make a mistake!’ and I ended up overriding. But overall, it was a pretty honest test, so I am pleased with it.”The pair had a successful ride in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by CabanaCoast during AGDF 5, but had to withdraw from the Special. After a lowkey week, Wagman picked training back up and has shifted his original plan for the remainder of the winter season.Wagman explained, “We had rotten luck the past two shows, so hopefully we are done with that and we get to get through this show with some success. We extended our trip, and we’ll stay through the end of March. Then we will go back home and if we need a third score, we will go out to Rancho Marietta in California.”Second place in the FEI Grand Prix for Special CDI3*, presented by The Dutta Corp. went to Jessica Howington (USA) on Cavalia, her own 2007 KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall with a 70.913%, while Diane Creech (CAN) earned third on Chrevi’s Christo, Louise Leatherdale and Diane Creech’s 2003 Danish warmblood gelding by Chrevi’s Cavallo, finishing their day on a 70.478%.Earlier in the day, Kevin Kohmann (GER) and Equitas LLC’s 2010 KWPN stallion by Amazing Star, Five Star, topped the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3* with a score of 71.275%. Second place went to the USA’s Cesar Parra on Mr. Bumblebee, Equiventure LLC and John and Karen Blank’s 2008 Danish Warmblood gelding by Sting, with 70.294%. Dongseon Kim (KOR) rounded out the top three with his own 2012 Rheinlander stallion Lord Nunes by Lord Loxley I, with a score of 69.608%.In the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI1*, Germany earned the top two placings, first with Christoph Koschel on Imposant, a 2013 KWPN gelding by Chameur owned by Holga Finken and Koschel Dressage GmbH, with 73.039%. Second went to Frederic Wandres and Quizmaster, Hof Kasselmann’s 2012 Hanoverian stallion by Quasar de Charry. Third place was awarded to Steffen Peters (USA) and Boston Strong, Christina Vinios’ 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Bordeaux, receiving a 72.108%.Competition at AGDF 8 will continue tomorrow with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediaire-I CDI3* and the Palm Beach Dressage Derby before the FEI Grand Prix for Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Wellington Agricultural Services beginning at 3 p.m. For more information and to see a full list of results, visit FEI Grand Prix CDI3* for Special, presented by The Dutta Corp.:1. Nick Wagman (USA) on Don John, Beverly Jean Gepfer’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Johnson TN: 75.761, 73.804, 74.022, 75.978, 72.826; 74.478%2. Jessica Howington (USA) on Cavalia, her own 2007 KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall: 69.239, 72.717, 71.413, 70.978, 70.2 17; 70.913%3. Diane Creech (CAN) on Chrevi’s Christo, Louise Leatherdale and Diane Creech’s 2003 Danish warmblood gelding by Chrevi’s Cavallo: 71.522, 70.761, 69.130, 70.000, 70.978; 70.478%4. Susan Dutta (USA) on Figeac DC, Tim and Susan Dutta’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Fackeltanz: 67.826, 70.435, 67.500, 67.174, 65.761; 67.739%5. Pablo Gomez Molina (ESP) on Ulises De Ymas, Yeguada De Ymas S.L. and Cristina Danguillecourt’s 2010 PRE gelding by Seni Indio: 65.435, 68.261, 68.043, 65.978, 68.261; 67.196%6. Ariana Chia (CAN) on Fiderflame, her own 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Fidertanz: 66.304, 67.609, 65.652, 66.413, 67.717; 66.739%7. Jill Irving (CAN) on Degas 12, Jill Irving and Windhaven Farm’s 2002 Hanoverian gelding by De Niro: 65.543, 64.674, 68.152, 67.283, 66.957; 66.522%8. Reese Koffler-Stanfield (USA) on Bingo, Kikiv L Courtelis and Reese Koffler-Stanfield’s 2006 KWPN gelding by Goodtimes: 66.304, 66.522, 65.435, 66.739, 66.413; 66.283%9. Michael Pineo (USA) on Farrington, his own 2010 KWPN gelding by Jazz: 63.478, 64.674, 65.543, 66.087, 65.109; 64.978%10. Dongseon Kim (KOR) on Diamond Royale, his own 2007 Oldenburg mare by Diamond Hit: 67.500, 63.696, 63.478, 63.804, 65.761; 64.848% Tags: Global Dressage Festival, Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, Chrevis Christo, Nick Wagman, Don John, Diae Creech, FEI Grand Prix CDI3* for Special, SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

Syracuse’s depth allows for a new weapon on defense: The full-court press

first_img Comments In the final two minutes of the first half, against an overmatched Eastern Washington team and in a game in which Syracuse struggled offensively, the Orange went to a strategy it couldn’t use for a large part of last season.Syracuse pressed forward, past half court. A double team led to a jump pass quickly intercepted by freshman point guard Jalen Carey. The next two possessions, the Eagles pushed tempo only to throw the ball out of bounds.Outside of a rebounding foul that led to a 1-and-1 free-throw opportunity, Eastern Washington crossed the midline only once in that span. Even then, the shot bounced off the rim and out. And the Orange went the other way.“We really couldn’t get anything going offensively,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We got some steals. That was really, I thought, the difference in the game. We got points off the press.”A theme from last season continued in 2018, as the Orange’s offense struggled yet boasted an improved defense through the addition of depth and its use of the full-court press. In its season opener, No. 16 Syracuse (1-0) dominated on the defensive side of the ball in a 66-34 win over Eastern Washington (0-1) on Tuesday night, allowing the least amount of points ever in a game inside the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, during Syracuse’s Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament run, what it lacked offensively, the Orange made up for defensively. Only once did SU allow more than 56 points in a Tournament game — in its season-ending loss to Duke.That came with three players averaging more than 38 minutes per game and another two with 27-plus minutes. Because of a smaller rotation last season, Syracuse rarely deployed the press.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThis year, Syracuse is just one of four Division I programs that returned its entire starting five.  The Orange also added three freshmen, transfer Elijah Hughes and return now-healthy rotational players Bourama Sidibe and Howard Washington.“It’s always great to have nine, 10 guys you can sub in and out,” freshman guard Buddy Boeheim said. “We’re definitely looking to press more, and it definitely helps to have more guys on the court.”The full-court press has been deployed consistently throughout both of SU’s scrimmages and the majority of Tuesday night. Everyday during practice, the team works on its pressing strategies for 10 to 20 minutes, Buddy said.Syracuse ranks third among all teams in the NCAA in average height, at 6-foott, 7.3-inches per player, according to Not only does the height help SU close out shooters or stop drives in the paint, but it can contribute toward knocking balls out of the air or double-teaming guards and blocking their view in press situations.When opposing guards try to slow the game down, Washington said the Orange’s press pushes tempo.“Our press was meant to get them,” Washington added. “Speed them up, cause some quick turnovers here and there.”When deploying the full-court press, Syracuse normally puts a man jumping in front of the inbounder. Two or three of its players normally trail or faceguard their opponents. Once the ball is put into play, SU tries to trap players in the corner or off the first dribble.Meanwhile, Paschal Chukwu or Sidibe stand on the other half, ready to play defense if the press is broken.“Once we see teams start to fold, and once they’re not able to control our trap,” Carey said, “that’s what makes us even more hungrier on defense to get steals.”When the halftime buzzer sounded Tuesday, Eastern Washington’s 10 points matched its turnovers for the half. The Orange took advantage of the sloppy play in the second half as well, scoring 33 total points off turnovers. That’s 20 more than SU averaged per game last year.The success did come against a weak Eastern Washington team, which ranks 189th out of 353 D1 teams, per Kenpom. Syracuse’s press still has a lot to prove as the season continues and the level of competition increases. Early last season, the Orange went to the press on occasion, but not nearly as often as the two scrimmages or in its season opener.On a day in which the offense failed to finish open looks, Syracuse showcased its new weapon.“New press that we put in,” Oshae Brissett said, “it’s been working for us.” Published on November 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcocenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

FCPPL review: Chelsea destroy Kotoko as Hearts and AshGold falter

first_imgMatchday 22 of the league came off on Saturday and Sunday across Ghana. There were upsets and sensational results.The #JoySports team brought commentary from the Accra Sports Stadium, Carl Reindorf Park, Agyemang Badu Park and the Baba Yara Stadium.Kotoko 0-3 Chelsea Chelsea had not won in 33 away games before Sunday – a bleak streak stretching to March 3, 2013.This was Kotoko’s second loss in less than a week as they were beaten 2-1 in midweek against Dunkwa United in the Elite Cup competition. Berekum Chelsea also ended a run of three winless games in away matches in the last two seasons after beating Kotoko 2-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium.Forward Kofi Owusu took his goal tally to 10 as he grabbed a brace for Chelsea before Asiwome Fumador gave the away side their third goal of the day. Kotoko were hoping to bounce back to winning ways after making it to the finals of the MTN FA Cup but Chelsea had other ideas as they handed the reigning league champions their seventh defeat of the season.Chelsea are now four points away from catching up with league leaders Ashantigold while Kotoko are 10th on the table with 29 points out of 22 matches played this season.Olympics 2-1 BechemGreat Olympics’ Kwame Boateng’ sealed the victory for his side as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium in the Ghana Premier League on Sunday. Godwin Attram put Olympics ahead in the 5th minute to send the 550 home fans present at the 40,000 capacity seater stadium into happy mood.But Bechem United’s Issah Adamu level the scoring for the visitors just a minute into the second half.Late drama ensued when Olympics midfielder Francis Mantey was fouled inside the box and referee Ali Alhassan pointed to the spot.Attacker Kwame Boateng (pictured, above) stepped up and dispatched the ball into the net deep into stoppage-time. The victory has enhanced Olympics survival chances as they have built their points to 25 points.BA Utd 0-2 Inter AlliesA goal in each half handed Inter Allies a 2-0 away win over bottom-placed B.A United on Saturday.  The match day 22 fixture was supposed to be played at the Sunyani Coronation Park but was honoured in Accra due to United’s one match home ban by the Ghana FA Disciplinary Committee. Ropapa Mensah opened the scoring just in the opening minute when he slammed home a tailored cross from a corner sent from the left with his right foot. Paa Kwesi Fabin’s boys went on to take control of the counter but failed to produce further goals with the first half ending 0-1 for the ‘Eleven Is To One’ side.   Second half resumes and Emmanuel Nettey would also get his goal within three minutes of restart.  Ropapa Mensah had made an impressive run through the defence but saw his shot got blocked – a lurking Nettey was however available to tap in from close range to help Inter Allies secure a double win over B.A United in the league this season.  The result leaves BA United still bottom with 17 points while Inter Allies have moved up to third on the League log. In the other Saturday fixture, Wa All Stars travelled to hold Sekondi Hasaacas in a one all drawn game at the Essipong Stadium.Hasaacas 1-1 Wa All StarsWa All Stars completely outplayed Sekondi Hasaacas in a 1-1 draw at the Sekondi stadium in Saturday’s Week 22 fixture. Hasaacas took an early lead in the 4th minute from the penalty kick converted by left back Augustine Arhinful after striker Samuel Afful was impeded by goalkeeper Richard Ofori.Midfielder Joseph Mugri on two separate occasions made crucial interception and block with his timely track backs to deny Emmanuel Ocran from scoring for Wa All Stars.The giants of the west also clearly missed their head coach Yusif Basigi who is leading the Black Queens to next year’s Olympic Games qualifiers against Cameroon in Yaounde. The manner his team struggled at home was unbelievable despite the determination of his assistant Jojo Ampah to consolidate their recent good run.The visitors pulled parity with three minutes to recess when left back Joshua Otoo roofed in from an indirect free kick in the penalty box. Lions 2-1 AshGoldLeague leaders Ashantigold have seen their lead at the top cut to four, after they lost 2-1 to Kpando Heart of Lions in their First Capital Plus Premier League match week 22 played at the Kpando Park.Lions returned to their favorite home grounds after serving a one match home ban for crowd violence, and were looking to appease their fans with a good win. Five minutes into the game, Lions shot into the lead as Hudu Yakubu grabbed the first goal, before Tanko Mohammed added the second.Ashgold grabbed a consolation in the second half through Yakubu Mohammed. The win for Lions pushes them to the 13th position on the league table with Ashgold still leading the league table with 40 points.Edubiase 2-0 WAFANew Edubiase put up one of their best performances so far in the First Capital Plus Premier League as they beat the West African Football Academy 2-0 at the Len Clay stadium.Nuhu Fuseini scored the first goal before Bernard Ofori added the second of the day to ensure that Edubiase grabbed all three points against a well drilled WAFA side.The win pushed Edubiase to the 12 position on the league table with WAFA pushed down to the 5th position. In other matches, Liberty Professionals drew goalless with SC Medeama at the Karl Reindolf park in Dansoman.Liberty, by virtue of the draw, now occupy the eighth position on the league table with Medeama currently ninth position.Aduana 1-0 Hearts Hearts of Oak have gone six matches without a win in all competitions as they lost 1-0 to Aduana Stars.Hearts were looking to bounce back from two defeats in the past seven days against Medeama (MTN FA Cup semifinal) and Ebusua Dwarfs (Elite Cup). But they found the might of Aduana Stars too much to handle, especially in the first half.The Phobians started the game strongly and managed to win a couple of free kicks in the first few minutes of the game, but poor shooting on the part of the forwards did not help their course.Richard Arhin broke the deadlock in the first half and that goal turned out to be the match winner, though the Phobians pilled pressure on the hosts in search for the equalizer. The win takes Aduana Stars to the 3rd position on the league table, with Hearts of Oak dropping to the 14th position.The breakdownHeart of Lions 2-1 AshantiGold (Hudu M. Yakubu ,Tanko Mohammed; Yakubu Mohammed) Great Olympics 2-1 Bechem United (Godwin Attram ,Kwame Boateng ;Issah Adamu) Asante Kotoko 0-3 Berekum Chelsea (Kofi Owusu x2, Asiwome Fumador)Liberty 0-0 MedeamaAduana Stars 1-0 Hearts of Oak (Richard Arhin)New Edubiase 2-0 WAFA (Nuhu Fuseini,Bernard Ofori)BA United 0-2 Allies (Ropapa Mensah, Emmanuel Nettey)Hasaacas 1-1 Wa All Stars (Augustine Arhinful; Joshua Otoo)The table–CLICK TO READ: ANALYSIS – 7 things we learned from matchday 22–Reports compiled from the Joy Sports team, All Sports and GFN. Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more