Olympic bronze medallist Ulla Salzgeber blasted away all competition at the 2001 World Cup Finals in Aarhus, Denmark, by scoring 81.24% in the Grand Prix kur to music. The 42-year-old took home the 2001 title and a significant purse of $100,000 USD. On her Latvian Rusty (by Rebus), Salzgeber rode her Olympic freestyle (which scored 80.89% in Sydney) but inserted some minor changes in the movements. "I have to congratulate the organisation of the World Cup Finals, because in such a short period of time they were able to put together a great final like this one, and their job wasn't made easy now with the Foot and Mouth outbreak raging in Europe," Salzgeber remarked.
Second place was assigned to Isabell Werth and her Hanoverian Trakehner Anthony FRH (by Argument). The temperamental black gelding has always been Werth's second mount, but is now taking up Gigolo's first place. Never before has Anthony FRH been so light-footed and electric in a dressage test. Werth pushed his limits and was able to put 79.16% on the score board. Rudolf Zeilinger completed the German top three by covering third place. On the Hanoverian Livinjo (by Lysander) he rode a 78.55% freestyle. "I think that Livinjo ran an exceptional test but it wasn't enough to take the lead. Nevertheless, I'm very pleased with his performance," Zeilinger commented afterwards.
Lars Petersen and the former breeding stallion Blue Hors Cavan (Hann, by Cavalier) rode 76.27% kur for his Danish home crowd. The Dutch Gonnelien Rothenberger ended fifth aboard the Oldenburg gelding Jonggor's Leonardo da Vinci (by Landadel). Title defender Anky van Grunsven attended the world cup finals horseless, as due to the Foot and Mouth Outbreak she was forbidden to transport her horses to Denmark.
Tom Noone of Abington, MA finished in tenth place onboard Fresco, owned by Francine Weiner-Govostes, finished with a score of 65%.
Noone traveled to the World Cup Final with the assistance of a $10,000 United States Equestrian Team (USET) travel grant. The USET also supplied him with saddle pads, coolers and other equipment.
Noone was the top placing U.S. rider at the 2000 United States League Finals held during the Washington International Horse Show in October, 2000 and thus qualified to represent the United States in the 2001 World Cup Final
Additionally, Noone’s finish in this designated United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Operation Gold Event met the USOC’s accountability requirement for Dressage in order to maintain performance funding in 2002 at the same or higher levels
Text by Astrid Appels + USET Press release
Complete scores at Eurodressage.com