USA’s Catherine Haddad & Cadillac Win Hickstead CDI3*, Kenneth Dyrby & Nanette 2nd

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Catherine Haddad and Cadillac 35 during the playing of the Stars & Stripes at the Hickstead Grand Prix 3*. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Catherine Haddad and Cadillac 35 during the playing of the Stars & Stripes at the Hickstead Grand Prix 3*. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HICKSTEAD, England, July 23–Two European-based Americans, Catherina Haddad on Cadillac 35 and Kenneth Dyrby on Nanette, filled the two top places in the Grand Prix CDI3* at Hickstead on Thursday.

The victory for Haddad and Cadillac, who are based in Vechta, Germany, was their sixth at Grand Prix so far this year and perhaps the most convincing. They were the only combination out of 18 starters from eight nations to score above 70 per cent, receiving a score of 70.511 per cent with Dyrby and Nanette, who are based in England, scoring 67.021 per cent. French Olympian Hubert Perring on Diabolo Saint Maurice was third on 65.830 per cent.

The scoreboard of the Hickstead Grand Prix CDI3*. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The scoreboard of the Hickstead Grand Prix CDI3*. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“Cadillac was really on the edge,” Haddad told dressage-news.com. “It could have gone either way — either an explosion or brilliant.”

The five judges saw the “brilliant” as they all placed Haddad and the 12-year-old Danish warmblood gelding first.

Catherine Haddad and Cadillac 35 in the Hickstead Grand Prix CDI3*. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Catherine Haddad and Cadillac 35 in the Hickstead Grand Prix CDI3*. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“It required a lot of trust on my part to be ride well and be extremely accurate. He wanted me to hold his hand every step of the way, which is what I did and stayed with me all the way.”

“It required a lot of trust on my part to be ride well and be extremely accurate. He wanted me to hold his hand every step of the way, which is what I did and stayed with me all the way. I need to be 100 per cent on my game with Cadillac and that’s how it was today.”

Haddad and Cadillac have performed well in Europe for most of this year, with two high placings at Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5* events at Munich, Germany and Cannes, France. But Aachen, Germany, at the beginning of July was a disappointment, but Haddad said the victory at Hickstead gave her confidence of being more consistent with Cadillac.

Haddad has entered her other Grand Prix horse, Maximus JSS, in the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5* for which the Grand Prix will be on Saturday and the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle on Sunday.

The most anticipated appearance, though, will be of Edward Gal and Moorland Totilas, showing for the first time outside of their Dutch homeland since moving up to Grand Prix.

Kenneth Dyrby and Nanette in the Hickstead Grand Prix CDI3* victory gallop. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kenneth Dyrby and Nanette in the Hickstead Grand Prix CDI3* victory gallop. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Totilas, owned by Moorland Stables that is a sponsor with Exquis of the World Dressage Masters series of four events which each offers €100,000 (US$140,000 in prize money), has created incredible buzz since beating Anky van Grunsven and IPS Salinero in the Dutch championships and at the Rotterdam CHIO last month.

Although Hickstead is really two top but separately managed international competitions–one for jumping and the other for dressage separated by large fields used for parking–the entry of Totilas is the talk of both shows.

The Prix St. Georges CDI3* earlier Thursday was won by Finland’s Kyra Kyrklund and her high stepping Rico.

Kyra Kyrklund on Rico in the Prix St. Georges CDI3 at Hickstead. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kyra Kyrklund on Rico in the Prix St. Georges CDI3 at Hickstead. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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