Euro Update: Van Grunsven Rides New Grand Prix World Record

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Double Olympic dressage champion Anky van Grunsven has ridden a new World Record Grand Prix score on home turf at the CDIO Rotterdam in The Netherlands, held June 23-25, 2006. Van Grunsven received 81.333% from the panel of five judges.

With her 81.333% Grand Prix score, Van Grunsven won the class and broke Isabell Werth's previous record (79.958%) which she set aboard Satchmo at the 2005 CDI Stuttgart. In Rotterdam, Werth finished second in the Grand Prix with Warum NichtFRH, but stayed far behind Anky with her "mere" 75.958% mark.

"I just hope we didn't have our peak too soon," Anky said after her Grand Prix ride. "I didn't expect this score, but I wasn't surprised either. Salinero was very focused and relaxed and then he gives me a really good feeling. I knew the test was fault-free." Van Grunsven went on to win the Grand Prix Special with 76.000%, while her student Edward Gal won the Kur to Music on Lingh with 77.850%.

Max-Theurer and Kottas-Heldenberg Win at CDI Achleiten

Victoria Max-Theurer won the Grand Prix and Kur to Music at the CDI Achleiten, an international dressage competition in Austria, hosted at Max-Theurer's home base, a historic castle owned by her parents. With the Oldenburg gelding Falcao, "Vici" scored 71.500% in the Grand Prix and 75.600% in the Kur to Music. Austrian team mate Caroline Kottas-Heldenberg won the Grand Prix Special on the American owned Exupery (by Ex Libris). Kottas achieved 69.320%.

Nothing Else but World Equestrian Games

World Equestrian Games fever is raging through the equestrian world and everywhere on the globe dressage riders are trying to qualify to compete at the Games which take place in Aachen, August 20- September 3, 2005.

South African dressage rider Natalie Hobday has qualified as an individual to compete at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. Aboard the Hanoverian stallion Callaho Wenckstern (by Weltmeyer x Western Star x Lindberg), Hobday achieved her qualification scores at the CDI Munich in May and the CDI Outdoor Gelderland in June.

Dressage Canada announced the members who will be representing Canada at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. Canada’s team is consistuted by Jacqueline Brooks (Gran Gesto), Cindy Ishoy (Proton), Ashley Holzer (Imperioso and Gambol), and Evi Strasser (Quantum Tyme).

The British Dressage selectors, David Trott and Judy Harvey, have announced the riders who will represent Great Britain at the WEG. The British dressage team includes Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Dr W Bechtolsheimer’s Douglas Dorsey , Wayne Channon riding his own & Mrs D Channon’s Lorenzo CH, Emma Hindle riding Brookhouse Stud's Lancet and Sandy Phillips riding her own Lara.

After the Grand Prix at the CDIO Rotterdam, Dutch chef d'Equipe Sjef Janssen announced the Dutch dressage team that will represent The Netherlands at WEG. The Dutch team consists of Edward Gal (Lingh), Imke Schellekens (Sunrise), Anky van Grunsven (Salinero) and Laurens van Lieren (Hexagon's Olright). The reserve is Kirsten Beckers (Broere Jazz).

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Horsesdaily Scoresource: CDIO Rotterdam - CDI Achleiten
Horsesdaily "On the Scene" at the 2006 World Equestrian Games