Swedish Patrik Kittel took all honours in Falsterbo when showing Dutch approved stallion Watermill Scandic HBC to a new Swedish record score of 82,775% in the Freestyle. He won both Grand Prix (75,19%) and the WDM Freestyle to music. Kittel was ecstatic and completely over the moon. The dark days of WEG Kentucky when the Swede didn't even qualify for the individual Grand Prix Special due to lack of cooperation and willingness of his stallion are probably not totally forgotten, but seem really long ago! At the Reem Acra WC Final in Leipzig Kittel was happy with his test, but wasn't able to cross the magic 80% border. Now in Falsterbo he remembered the famous words of his former trainer Kyra Kyrklund that a rider is lucky to have three or four very memorable rides in his life that he will remember for ever.
"And this really was one of this very special tests in my life! The feeling Scandic gave me was just incredible. He was one and all concentration and focus on me. He made the riding so easy, I just could ask anything", Kittel said with deep admiration for his mount. The chestnut stallion (Solos Carex by Amiral) who already started to show his great possibilities at the EC in Windsor 2009, now even received the ultimate ten for transitions piaffe-passage unanimously from all judges. The pair immediately pitchforked itself to a candidate for a high placement at the forthcoming European Championships dressage.
Who definitely is not going to shine at the Europeans, is three double Olympic gold medallist Anky van Grunsven. Anky van Grunsven had chosen the great WDM-show CDI5* in Falsterbo where she had been the winner last year showing her stallion Painted Black to make her comeback with her gold medallist Salinero. And so she did, becoming the runner up twice (GP 71,30%, GP Freestyle 76,93%).
Salinero had been injured at his withers and the recovery took much longer than expected. In silence Anky worked Salinero back in sporting shape and took two last minute small shows near her home to practice. In Falsterbo the big arena and audience were there again and Anky was quite happy to compete. "Salinero feels too happy and good to retire yet and Sweden feels like my second homecountry", Anky complimented both her horse and the organizers. She has not in mind to qualify for the Dutch team at the EC at hometurf, not with Salinero and not with her new hope Upido. 'I feel like enjoying myself with my horses without competition stress in the first place. The Dutch can very well do without me", she emphasized.
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén started her new horse Don Auriello for his first time in the Freestyle and landed on 75.875% and the third place. Chairman of the judges Mexican Maribel Aonso had her even as number two, in front of the second placed Anky.
"It's an honor to have the opportunity to ride him here, and he behaved so well in his first Kür debut," said Tinne and smiled. "I am so proud of him"
The Grand Prix Special was won by Polish rider Michal Rapcewicz on his horse Randon with 67.563%, before number two Dutch Jenny Schreven showing Krawall. Michal said happily after his victory: "Falsterbo is a great venue and WDM is a fantastic show. Together it cannot be better!"