Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and his 11-year-old SWB mare Deja danced to victory in the 10.000 Euro WDM Grand Prix presented by NÜRNBERGER Versicherungen under the blue sunny sky in Vidauban. The pair scored 76.120% and Deja was easy going, diligent and light-footed. Patrik was really happy with the result and is looking forward to the Freestyle on Sunday.
Newcomer Gonçales Carvalho and his nine-year-old mare Batuta (Quixote x Icaro) were a pleasant surprise. The horse has charisma and the potential to become a top performer. She has a real good passage and piaffe and good basic gaits, which is not common for a Lusitanos. They still had some little mistakes in their test, but the mare is still young, and has the time on her side to develop further. In 2011 and 2013 he represented Portugal at the European Championships, in 2010 he competed at the World Equestrian Games and in 2012 he finished 16th at the London Olympic Games. The combination scored 73.140% and will start in the Grand Prix Special tomorrow.
Third place went to Italy’s Valentina Truppa and Fixdesign Chablis with 69.860%. They performed a very correct test that showed experience. Valentina was pleased with her test, “it was one of the best ever with ‘blondy’.”