The second leg of the CDIO competition, Grand Prix Spécial, at the 2006 CDIO Aachen was dominated by the local rider, Nadine Capellmann with Elvis. The 40-year-old reigning World Champion again took first place with her ten-year-old Hanoverian Elvis VA (by Espri) after a distinct victory in the Grand Prix on Thursday. Like the driving and show jumping competitions, the dressage competition equally suffered from the terrible rainfall on Saturday lunchtime.
Having already warmed up for a length of time, Elvis had to return to the stables after torrential rain made it impossible to continue with the competition. After the "compulsory break", the chestnut gelding was rather frisky, but didn't let his rider down. Nadine Capellmann was relieved and said, "I am so glad, that I got through the canter tour without any mistakes."
There were no surprises in the next two rankings of the Grand Prix Spécial: As in the Grand Prix the Finnish rider, Kyra Kyrklund, finished second with the Swedish gelding Max (75,360).
In the CDI leg of the CDIO Aachen, Klaus Husenbeth took his second victory as well. After having won the Grand Prix, Husenbeth contiued to dominate the field of competitors in the Kur to Music. He scored 76.875% and beatHubertus Schmidt on Forest Gump NRW. Andreas Helgstrand and his Danish warmblood mare Matine were the strongest in the CDI Grand Prix Special. With a mark of 72.840%, they topped the leader board and beat Laura Bechtolsheimer on her Danish gelding Mistral Hojris.
Text and Photo by Astrid Appels/Eurodressage.com