The 42-year-old German Ulla Salzgeber is leading after the first round, the short Grand Prix, in the 2001 World Cup Finals at Aarhus, Denmark, going on this weekend. With her Latvian bred gelding Rusty (by Rebuss), Salzgeber bested the field of 12 competitors. Her score of 75.07% ranked her first with ease, as second placed Rudolf Zeilinger 'only' put 72.54% on the score board.
Isabell Werth and her 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding Anthony FRH (by Argument/T) presented a 71.95% worthy test, which placed them third. Denmark's favorite, Lars Petersen, rode his recently gelded mount Blue Hors Cavan (by Cavalier) to 71.56% (4th). Especially striking was the performance of the 1997 European Young Rider Champion, the Austrialian (!) Kristy Oatley-Nist. On Rosemount Wallstreet, a Hanoverian chestnut by Weltmeyer x Ataturk and formerly owned by Dr. Cesar Parra, she rose above the magical 70% and received 71.74% from the distinguished panel of judges, which consisted of Mariette Withages (BEL), Linda Zang (USA), Bernard Maurel (FRA), Stephen Clarke (GBR) and Eric Lette (SWE). The American Tom Noone and his Westfalian Fresco stranded on a 10th place with 65.66%. The Canadian Nancy MacLahlan became 12th on Davis Cup (59.12%).
The CDI part of the competition, hosted at the Vilhelmsborg Equestrian Center, featured the Prix St Georges and Intermediaire I on Friday, April 6, 2001. Karin Rehbein dominated the St Georges on the Holsteiner mare Miss Holstein (by Romino). German Heike Kemmer decided to give her number one Albano a rest, and trailered her second Grand Prix horse Caesar to Denmark. A wise decision it seemed as the Westfalian chestnut (by Cacir) won the Intermediaire II, scoring 71.01% "Caesar is a very spooky horse, but he's so much fun to ride at competitions," a pleased Kemmer said afterwards.
Text by Astrid Appels
Complete Scores of the World Cup Finals at Eurodressage.com