In two weeks time, three grand victories had to be distributed at three World Cup Competitions. Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Geneva were the dressage riders' destinations in Europe, but it was Germany as a nation which reigned supreme. The only serious defense, originating from another country, came from Dutch dame Anky van Grunsven.
In Amsterdam the dual was fought between Anky van Grunsven on her Hanoverian Gestion Joker and Rudolf Zeilinger on his Hanoverian Livinjo. While van Grunsven dazzled the crowds in the Short Grand Prix, it was eventually Zeilinger who took away the ultimate lead in the kur to Music by scoring 75.18%.
At the CDI-W Frankfurt, Heike Kemmer produced a massive attack in the Frankfurter Halle. In both Short Grand Prix and Grand Prix freestyle, the Berlin citizen wielded the axe of power by scoring 74.20% and 79.29%. On Gestion Joker (pictured right), Van Grunsven came in second twice.
The more modest CDI-W of Geneva featured Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty as highlight of the dressage competition. As expected, Salzgeber was unbeatable because she plcaed a wonderful 80.38% on the scoreboard. Currently, Salzgeber is the only dressage rider able to score above 80% in a Grand Prix freestyle test.
Read an extensive report on these three World Cup Qualifiers at Eurodressage.com
Text by Astrid Appels
Image of Gestion Joker - copyrighted: Arnd Bronkhorst