Vidauban, FRANCE June 19, 2009 - German based American rider, Catherine Haddad, won the Grand Prix Special at the Vidauban CDI3* in France after placing second in the Grand Prix on Thursday. With a score of 70.6%, Haddad and her rising star, Cadillac, won their sixth Grand Prix since the beginning of this year. "Cadillac was much more relaxed at this horse show than he was in Cannes," said Haddad. "He really enjoyed himself tonight."
The judges appeared to enjoy themselves as well, awarding high scores for the elastic, enthusiastic passage and well balanced pirouettes of Haddad's 12 year old Danish gelding.
This is the first year that the annual jumping show at Vidauban included international dressage in its show schedule. Held at the beautiful, professionally designed stables of Bernadette Brune--Domaine Equestre des Grand Pins-- in the vineyards of Provence, the show has rustic charm combined with excellent footing and a
Haddad said she was particularly happy to stay at the vineyards of friends Jacqueline and Lambert Dielesen-Chateau des Launes-during the show at Vidauban. When asked about her favorite part of the Cannes-Vidauban tour Haddad said, "You can’t beat 10 days spent with lovely wines, good friends and a win in the Grand Prix Special!"
Haddad is looking forward to competing at CHIO Aachen with fellow American Steffen Peters and Ravel. "I am always excited about competing at Aachen! I love the intense atmosphere and since I'm not allowed to compete at the European Championships, this will be the highlight of my year. I was definitely looking forward to competing on a team with my fellow US riders. There is a lot of camaraderie at the top level of this sport but riding on a team is always a special experience. Heather Blitz is another US rider residing in Denmark and we often help each other at shows. The US team at Mondorf les Bains (LUX) last year consisting of Heather, Sue Blinks and myself was not only a successful team but one that lead to more cooperation between top riders in the sport. So I'm reallly disappointed that we will not be fielding a team at Aachen this year."
Photo credit: Illico Presto