Denmark’s Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Rigoletto Win Aachen CDI Grand Prix Special

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Denmark's Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Rigoletto in CDI Grand Prix Special. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Denmark's Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Rigoletto in CDI Grand Prix Special. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By ILSE SCHWARZ

AACHEN, Germany, July 3–Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein of Denmark achieved her second win at CHIO Aachen on her gelding Rigoletto (Rubenstein x Rossi) after scoring 71.917 per cent to win the Lindt-Preis Grand Prix Special CDI Friday night.

Despite disasters in both long lines of tempi changes the rest of her work was good enough to hold the lead despite a last-minute charge from the Japanese rider Hiroshi Hoketsu on his mare, Whisper (Wolkenstein II x Grenadier) who scored 71.208 per cent. She won the Grand Prix CDI on Thursday.

Third place went to Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven of Sweden riding the talented gelding, Favourit (Fidermark x Worldchamp). An unfortunate start to her test as the crowd welcomed her with applause as she turned onto the centerline to enter kept her score to 69.542 per cent. Favourit took off and although she managed to settle him after the halt, where he showed a very expressive piaffe, the damage was done with scores of 2s and 3s.

Complete scores are available by going to RESULTS on the Front Page.