Van Grunsven Catches Fifth World Cup Title

For the fifth time in her career Anky van Grunsven has won the World Cup Final competition. Hosted by the Brabanthallen in 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 23rd - 25th March 2000. The Final drew a gigantic crowd clapping and cheering their favorite star to another sky high success. Anky van Grunsven did it again and how! With good old Gestion Bonfire, her 17 year old mount with whom she was elevated to equestrian stardom, the Dutch lady rode a 83.12% on the music of her new freestyle "Something Old, something New, a composition based on her older track Song Sung Blue.

Rank two and three were covered by Anky's team mates Coby van Baalen and Arjen Teeuwissen. Van Baalen had Olympic Ferro in excellent shape and danced a freestyle with him on the Greek Zorba theme (80.87%). Teeuwissen opted for his Spanish music but his bay was a little tense and tired making him miss a few steps in the piaffe (77.87%). Isabell Werth positioned herself on a fourth final spot with Nissan Anthony FRH.

After the announcement of the final scores, Anky was called into the arena for a live interview. When she was asked by tv-commentator if she experienced any problems in her freestyle, Anky simply said "No". For the future, Anky's planning on giving her Bonnie a period of rest. This actually consists of going out on the trials and being lunged. "I still want to enter him in the Dutch Championships so that I can show him in one outdoor competition and then it's Sydney, I really want him to run there," she said in all honesty.
by Astrid Appels

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