Unexpected Turns at Grand Prix in FEI Reem Acra World Cup Final
Friday, April 26, 2013
Posted by Claartje van Andel dressagedirect
The weaker points of Langehanenberg were improved very well by The Netherlands' Edward Gal with Glock's Undercover. The pair showed their amazing skills to their best. Piaffes on the spot, relaxation, a faultless ride, it all was there. However three fold World Champion Gal said this was not his easiest ride. "But I have the great feeling Glock's Undercover likes to do it for me and has its trust in me, which is great", Gal commented on his runner up position.
There was plenty of drama as the tension got to many of the leading contenders. It all fell apart for Marlies van Baalen whose chestnut gelding, Miciano, became increasingly agitated and uncooperative. The young Dutch rider showed just what she's made of when riding through it all to finish with a disappointing score of 63.070 but with the satisfaction that she had completed the test.
Swedish Patrik Kittel's performance with Watermill Scandic HBC was quickly spoiled by a double-take in the corner of the arena as they executed their first extended trot and, once unnerved, the chestnut stallion never settled to his work for a score of 69.559 which would leave them in 10th place in the final analysis. His chestnut stallion simply was too tensed to be more open in the front and didn't shine as normal.
In the end FEI dressage director Trond Asmyr informed all that a protest had been made due to the fact that the show arena when open for practicing had not been the same as when opened for the competition. More flowers etcetera had been added which might have caused the spookiness of several horses.
Second-last into the ring, Isabell Werth's Don Johnson FRH also did a double-take early in their test, but the German ace showed the benefit of her extensive experience by simply riding with even greater determination for a good result of 75.015 that placed them fifth as the competition drew to a close. Isabell was happy with her horse but regretted her own mistake when counting 17 one tempi changes instead of the desired 15.
Last into the ring, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello finished third for the host nation. Swedish Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven competed her horses in Florida until the end of March. She brought Don Auriello home six weeks ago to get him adjusted and ready to come at the WC Final. A very lucky decision indeed!
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