The Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Grand Prix Freestyle presented by FFE Generali was won by the Spanish rider Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on her loyal Delgado, who is on great form this season. Following their victory in the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Grand Prix presented by CRERA, the couple once again charmed the judges, obtaining a score of 82.875%. Since the European Championships in Aix-la-Chapelle, where she won a bronze in the individual event, the rider seems determined to finish top each time she rides.
“The results in Aix-la-Chapelle last summer gave me added self- confidence. On top of that, the training probably explains my good results,” she said. There was no change in the top 3 since the podium was the same as yesterday, with Patrik Kittel in second place on the elegant Déjà (81.172%), followed by the young yet experienced Fabienne Lütkemeier on D’Agostino FRH (79.850%).
“I have been to Equita several times. The conditions for riding are great here, for the horses, riders and grooms, etc. For me, it really is an annual event not to be missed,” said Patrik Kittel, who has taken the provisional lead in Reem Acra FEI World CupTM Dressage.
Moreover, the rider praised the fact that the class was organised in the middle of the afternoon, so that the public could come in numbers to discover this discipline: “The more people in the audience, the better it is. If we want our sport to develop, there needs to be an atmosphere and as many people as possible need to come and see us, to discover what we do and to support us.”
Second last year and third this year, Fabienne Lütkemeier underlined the great atmosphere around the arena, even though she regrets “a little mistake in the change of leg” in her test.
The French rider of the class, Pierre Volla, who started his first Grand Prix Freestyle on the Reem Acra FEI World CupTM circuit today, should certainly not be ashamed of his performance, just the opposite. Acclaimed by the public when he came out, he also won over the judges, finishing sixth with a total of 74.150%.
“I felt a bit of pressure not only because it was a stage on the circuit but also because I am at home, in Lyon!” With this score, Badinda Altena achieved her best performance today: “We still have a few points to sort out, but it is just the beginning for us. We still have a lot of great things to do and I hope to be in the top 3 one day.”
He finished ahead of the Portuguese rider Gonçalo Carvalho on the young Batuta (74.125), whose test was performed to the famous music of the series “Game of thrones”, which went down very well with the audience.
Isabelle Judet, the president of the jury was delighted with the class.“All the couples gave their utmost to win places in the rankings. It was very hard to separate them, but the riders gave us a great show.”
Sylvie Robert, the President of Equita Concours, was delighted with the enthusiastic following for the discipline today, and the presence of Pierre Volla on a stage of the circuit: “I am happy that we had the best French rider of the moment here today; he is a regional rider that everyone enjoys watching.”