Anky Wins Opening Leg of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage in Odense
Monday, October 19, 2009
Photo credit - Ridehesten.com
Tension In the Grand Prix Arena
Early-season uneasiness about returning indoors was clearly in evidence during yesterday's Grand Prix in which many horses were tense and spooky. Two riders retired during this competition, including Sweden's Minna Telde with Don Charly and Denmark's Nathalie Zu Sayn Wittgenstein with Rigoletto. Today however most were much more relaxed and attentive, and Salinero sparkled.
"I was very happy with the ride" Gal said, knowing that the mare is growing in confidence all the time. "When I tested the music with her one year ago she flipped out, but she didn't today". And he clearly feels there is a lot more to come from her. "Sisther de Jeu is a very good horse, but she needs time to develop - more time than Totilas did" he pointed out.
Monica Theodorescu and Whisper lined up in fourth place for Germany with a mark of 74.700 while The Netherlands' Hans Peter Minderhoud and Exquis Escapado finished fifth with 73.950 and Germany's Hubertus Schmidt and Hinnerk slotted into sixth with 72.450.
Unluckiest rider of the day was probably Katarzyna Milczarek who had only executed three movements before the judging panel spotted a problem with her horse, Edwador, who had bitten his tongue and was bleeding from the mouth. After a quick check by Ground Jury President, Kurt Christenson, the Polish rider withdrew her handsome grey stallion.
Dutch Dominance Continues
This opening event of the 2009/2010 FEI World Cup™ Dressage season has again highlighted the Dutch dominance of the sport and Ground Jury member, Jean Michel Roudierm commented - “We judge by specific criteria in dressage, and right now the Dutch are just better. The Dutch riders have very artistic performances and their horses, such as Totilas, have brought attention to dressage.”
For many years, Anky Van Grunsven has held centre-stage, and she was pleased to be doing that again today with her great performance from Salinero whose first canter transition was untidy however. She said she was disappointed she hadn't scored higher because "I felt that it went just as well as it did during the European Championships where I received higher scores" but that she knew Salinero "worked with me today". She is planning to bring out Painted Black later in the season before deciding which horse to take to the final in s'Hertogenbosch (Ned) next March.
There was no doubt in Edward Gal's mind who deserved to be the winner. "Anky was the best today and that's why she won - that's how the sport works, and that's how it should be" he said.
Gal is expected to bring out Totilas for the next leg of the FEI World Cup™ 2009/2010 series takes place at Lyon, France in two weeks' time.
- 1 - Salinero (Anky Van Grunsven) Ned 81.450
- 2 - Sisther de Jeu (Edward Gal) Ned 80.350
- 3 - Watermill Scandic hBC (Patrik Kittel) Swe 76.250
- 4 - Whisper (Monica Theodorescu) Ger 74.700
- 5 - Exquis Escapado (Hans Peter Minderhoud) Ned 73.950
- 6 - Hinnerk (Hubertus Schmidt) Ger 72.450
- 7 - Triviant (Matthias Alexander Rath) 72.200
- 8 - Nartan (Jeannette Haazen) Ned 72.050
- 9 - Tnnenhof's Carabas (Andreas helgstrand) Den 71.600
- 10 - Solos Care (Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven) Swe 70.800
- 11 - Ovation (Christa Laarakkers) Ned 70.250
- 12 - Gredstedgards Casmir (Sune Hansen) Den 69.150
- 13 - Seduc (Anne Troensegaard) Den 65.700
- 14 - Chatham Park Jac (Juliette Ramel) Swe 64.150
STANDINGS: After Round 1 of FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2009/2010 at Odense:
1. Anky Van Grunsven - 20
2. Edward Gal - 17
3. Patrik Kittel - 15
4. Monica Theodorescu - 13
5. Hans Peter Minderhoud - 12
6. Hubertus Schmidt - 11
7. Matthias Alexander Rath - 10
8. Jeanette Haazen - 9
9. Andreas Helgstrand - 8
10. Tinne Vilhelmson - 7
11. Christa Laarakkers - 6
12. Sune Hansen - 5
13. Anne Troensegaard - 4
14. Juliette Ramel - 3.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
Today's competition was the first of nine qualifiers in the Western European League FEI World Cup™ Dressage series for 2009/2010.
4 Dutch riders competed, 3 from Denmark, Germany and Sweden and 1 from Poland.
Poland's Katarzyna Milczarek was obliged to retire after her stallion, Edwador, bit his tongue.
15 horses qualified from Saturday's Grand Prix.
Edward Gal - "Anky and I are competitors inside the arena, but we are good colleagues outside and I am very happy with the scores I got from the judges today".
Patrik Kittel - “The arena in Odense is a very nice place to ride because there are two arenas you can ride whenever you like, unlike other places where the arenas are occupied all the time.”
Western European League Calendar 2009/2010:
1 Odense (DEN), 17 – 18 October
2 Lyon (FRA), 29 – 30 October
3 Stockholm (SWE), 28-29 November
4 London Olympia (GBR), 15-16 December
5 Frankfurt (GER), 19-20 December
6 Mechelen (BEL), 26-27 December
7 Amsterdam (NED), 22-23 January
8 Neumünster (GER), 20-21 February
9 Göteborg (SWE), 26-27 February
FINAL 's-Hertogenbosch (NED), 25-27 March
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