Anky van Grunsven & Salinero Head All Star Lineup for Exquis World Dressage Masters at Cannes

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Anky van Grunsven at the Exquis World Dressage Masters Palm Beach. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Anky van Grunsven at the Exquis World Dressage Masters Palm Beach. © 2009 Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

CANNES, France, June 9–Anky van Grunsven and IPS Salinero head an all-star lineup for the €100,000 (US$140,000) Exquis World Dressage Masters in the French Riviera resort city of Cannes. This is only the second major international competition for the pair since  since winning individual gold medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Competitors from 11 nations are entered for the event which is coupled with the Global Champions Tour CSI5* with its purse of almost €400,000 (US$560,000). It is the third in this inaugural year of the series, following Palm Beach in the U.S. January and Munic, Germany h in May. The finale event will be in Hickstead, England next month.

However, Cannes was the initial tryout a year ago that led to the launch of the series where each event includes €10,000 (US$14,000) for the Grand Prix, €30,000 (US$42,000) for the Grand Prix Special to Music and €60,000 (US$84,000) for the Grand Prix Musical Freestyle.

The Dutch star won the 2008 Cannes competition and then Palm Beach on IPS Painted Black. Munich was won by the world’s top ranked combination, Isabell Werth and Satchmo. This week’s Masters conflicts with the German national championships at Balve.

Van Grunsven and Salinero competed at the World Cup in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands in March, their only international show since the Olympics until this week’s Masters. They did, however, compete at the Dutch National Championships the first week of June where they placed second to Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas.

Others entered in the Exquis World Dressage Masters Cannes include: Anne van Uytert and IPS Lucky Times of The Netherlands, Denmark’s Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby, Stephan van Ingelgem and Whitney van ‘t Genthof and Jeroen Devroe and Apollo van het Vijverhof of Belgium, Finland’s Kyra Kyrklund and Max, Jordi Domingo and Prestige of Spain, Daniel Pinto and Galopin de la Font of Portugal, Marc Boblet and Whitney Star and Rémy Issartel and Hilton du Clotobie of France, Catherine Haddad and Cadillac of the USA, Dane Rawlins and Sydney of Great Britain, Anja Plönzke and Le Mont d’Or of Germany and Constance Menard and LLainca of Israel.