The Belgian FEI riders put down outstanding performances at the CDI Hansbeke, the first outdoor CDI competition in Belgium since the "death" of the CDI Schoten in the late 1990s. In the Grand Prix Kur to Music, Belgian World Cup Finallist Jeroen Devroe won with 71.775% aboard his Rhinelander gelding Paganini. He was followed by Marlies van Baalen on Relevant. Belgian new comer Carl Cuypers finished third aboard Hofgut Liederbach Barclay II, Sven Rothenberger's former Dutch team horse.
The Grand Prix and Special were both won by Anky van Grunsven on her newest GP mount Painted Black (by Gribaldi). The 9-year black stallion is still very inconsistent and green in the Grand Prix movements, but the Anky factor made sure that the horse landed two first places with 71.833% in the Grand Prix and 70,320% in the Special.
At the Preis der Besten in Warendorf (the inofficial German youth riders Championships), Miriam Licinio, Miriam Maurer and Kristina Sprehe were winners. These three riders achieved the overall highest score over two tests in the FEI pony, junior and young riders division.
The CDIO Aachen starts tomorrow and some minor changes have been made to the participants list. The Danish team has been remoulded. Anders Dahl will not be riding Mr G de Lully at Aachen, but is opting for Fiona Bigwood's Danish warmblood Afrikka. Joachim Thomsen, who achieved a good Grand Prix score at the CDI Hansbeke aboard Mikado Envang, has been added to the Danish team for Aachen.
The opening ceremony in Aachen, which uses "Legends" as theme going from Elvis Presley to Hans Gunter Winkler, will be featuring two very interesting dressage combinations. FEI Pony rider Annabel Frenzen, who recently won the Pony Derby at the CDN Bad Salzuflen, will be showing the former European pony Champion Golden Dancer. Furthermore, Olympic Champion Isabell Werth will be performing a demo ride on her Olympic gold medal winning horse Gigolo.
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