Victoria Max-Theurer wins the PHILIPS Prize, Grand Prix Freestyle with 74.375 percent for her stallion Eichendorff. Patrik Kittel is in second place. “I am very satisfied, even if Eichendorff didn’t quite perform as well as he did in the Grand Prix. It was no doubt due to the floodlit setting,” stated Victoria Max-Theurer, who won the PHILIPS Prize with the 14-year-old Westphalian-bred stallion, Eichendorff, with a score of 74.375 percent. Second place went to the Swedish rider, Patrik Kittel, who was awarded a score of 73.325 percent for his performance with the 13-year-old stallion, Silvano, a Rubinstein son. “We made a mistake in the flying changes at every two strides, but otherwise I was very satisfied. Silvano is great to ride, everything is really easy with him,” reported Kittel, who lives in Nottuln, Westphalia.
The best German rider was Uta Gräf with the Holsteiner stallion, Le Noir. “Things didn’t go too well for us, Le Noir was a bit spooky, which is not at all like him. But worse things happen, and we are very happy at coming third here,” commented Gräf, who was awarded 73.150 percent for her ride. The Olympic team gold medallist of 2008, Nadine Capellmann, who comes from Würselen, had a touch of bad luck. Her 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Elvis VA, was a bit hot and bucked slightly while carrying out the half-pass in canter, which meant that the pair finished the test on a final score of only 65.525 percent.