Nadine Capellmann and Elvis, Grand Champions of the 2006 CDIO Aachen
Monday, May 22, 2006
Nadine Capellmann was greeted with thundering applause when she entered the arena for the Kur to Music on Sunday May 21, 2006, and the ovations didn't stop until she gave the sign for her music to start. Riding to an Elvis Presley medley with traces of the King's voice, Capellmann presented a very smart choreography which answered completely to Elvis' current level in his Grand Prix training. Many of nice half passes in both trot and canter, much passage, great two-time changes, and a slightly tricky line of one-time changes and, of course, only very little piaffe as this is Elvis' weakest point at the moment. They scored 80.850% in the kur and became the 2006 Grand Champion of Aachen, succeeding Jan Brink and Bjorsells Briar who took the title there last year.
Finnish Kyra Kyrklund put down absolute highlight performances aboard Yvette Conn's Swedish gelding Max (by Master). Compared to the 2005 European Dressage Championships, the liver chestnut gelding is more confirmed in his Grand Prix movements now and his rider can ask more brilliance from him. The combination's lightness, harmony and willingness to work are exemplary.
Riding to Enrico Moriconi music, Kyrklund scored 80.150% for her freestyle and stayed very closely on Capellmann's heels in all her three tests at Aachen. At the press conference, Kyrklund revealed that she might be riding a new kur at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. She' had developed the current one for Max when he was still a baby, it being fairly simple and unsophisticated. She also said she'd heard much criticism on her music, which she liked very much, but "I'm not so stubborn, nor stupid, that I'd cling to it," she grinned.
His freestyle was still outstanding, but the walk could have been more ground covering and sometimes some strength behind was missing. Nevertheless, a 79.375% ranked them at a respectable third place.
Danish Andreas Helgstrand and Blue Hors Don Schufro scored 79.225% and ranked fourth. The harmony and fluency in the combination's ride are a true joy to watch. Helgstrand was ahead of his music during the first half of the kur, but then he caught on and delivered a very elegant performance.
Text and photos: Astrid Appels/Eurodressage.com