Anky & Painted Black Win First Falsterbo World Dressage Masters Grand Prix

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Anky van Grunsven and IPS Painted Black in the Exquis World Dressage Masters Grand Prix at Falsterbo. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Anky van Grunsven and IPS Painted Black in the Exquis World Dressage Masters Grand Prix at Falsterbo. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

FALSTERBO, Sweden, July 8–Anky van Grunsven, the most successful rider in the Exquis World Dressage Masters, on Thursday rode a newly recovered IPS Painted Black to victory in the Grand Prix of the first €100,000 CDI5* competitions staged by the Falsterbo Horse Show.

Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven, one of Sweden’s most popular dressage stars, gave the big crowd that turned out to support the event good cause to applaud even more enthusiastically than they did for all the riders when she and the 11-year-old Favourit turned in a performance that placed them second.

Anky and the 13-year-old stallion Painted Black was the unanimous choice by the judges for first place in the Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe Grand Prix presented by Agria with a score of 75.234 per cent with Tinne and Favourit posting marks of 71.957 per cent. Germany’s Anja Plönzke and Le Mont d’Or, competing in their fourth WDM CDI5* event so far this year–Palm Beach in the USA, Munich, Germany and Cannes, France in addition to Falsterbo–was third on 68.723 per cent.

Fourteen combinations from six nations started in the €10,000 Grand Prix. The €30,000 Grand Prix Special will be held Friday and the €60,000 Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday, that brings to €525,000 the total prize money offered at the five WDM events this year.

After the Falsterbo Horse Show which is also hosting a Meydan FEI Nations Cup, the final WDM even of the year will be at Hickstead, England, which will feature the world’s top horse and rider combinations — Moorlands Totilas ridden by Edward Gal and Jerich Parzival ridden by Adelinde Cornelissen. Hickstead will be the final selection event for the Dutch team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky Sept. 25-Oct. 10.

Tinne Velhelmson Silfven and Favourit in the victory gallop for the Exquis World Dressage Masters Grand Prix at Falsterbo. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Tinne Velhelmson Silfven and Favourit in the victory gallop for the Exquis World Dressage Masters Grand Prix at Falsterbo. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Anky said after the victory in Thursday’s Grand Prix that she was happy with the ride as Painted Black was “very focused on me” in his first competition since a small injury sidelined the stallion. Salinero, her 2008 Olympic gold medal mount, is also recovering from an injury to his withers that she thinks may have occurred by Salinero rolling in his stall.

Being able to train in the competition arena on Wednesday night before a big crowd helped Painted Black become used to the stadium, she said.

Tinne’s mount, Favourit, is owned by Antonia Ax:son Johnson whose Axel Johnson Gruppen is the main sponsor that worked to bring WDM to Sweden.

“WDM is a brilliant idea,” said the five-time Olympian who has been working with Antonia Ax:son Johnson on her equestrian program for the past 10 years.

“”It’s very important for the sport and really good for the riders.”

Anja Plönzke and Le Mont d'Or at Falsterbo. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Anja Plönzke and Le Mont d'Or at Falsterbo. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.co

Complete results of the Grand Prix:

Place Rider Horse/Sire/Damsire/Owner E H C M B
1 Anky van Grunsven IPS Painted BlackGribaldi – Ferro Equestrian International BV 75.3191 74.4681 76.1701 75.1061 75.1061 75.2341
2 Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven FavouritFidermark – Worldchamp Schulte-Böcker, Eberhard 72.1282 72.5532 70.6382 71.4892 72.9792 71.9572
3 5 Anja Plönzke Le Mont d’OrLandjuwel Gold – Wie Weltmeyer Braul, Heinz 70.0003 68.5113 68.0854 68.9364 68.0855 68.7233
4 Ulla Salzgeber WakanaWolkentanz II – Wanderbursch II

AP Niederzimmern GmbH & Co.KG

68.9364 65.9578 65.9578 70.2133 67.2347 67.6604
5 Jonny Hilberath AmüsantAlabaster – Absatz 67.2345 68.2984 68.9363 66.3836 67.2347 67.6175
6 Charlotte Haid Bondergaard LydianusLorentin ! – Caribo

G Petersen

66.8096 66.5966 67.8725 65.10611 68.7233 67.0216
7 Aat van Essen PremierJazz – Ulft 66.1708 65.53210 65.9578 67.0215 68.5114 66.6387
8 Patrik KittelTranås Ridklubb Kohlpharmas Florett AsFlorestan I – Urofino Günter Stegemann 66.5967 65.53210 65.53212 66.3836 66.17011 66.0438
8 Minna TeldeSvedens PK Larina HömSolos Landtinus – Carano

Tage Jepsen

65.31911 64.46812 67.0217 65.31910 68.0855 66.0438
10 Christa Laarakkers Divoza Horseworld OvationCabochon – Apollonios XXG. Pelgrum 65.10613 66.1707 65.74511 66.3836 66.3839 65.95710
11 Catherine Haddad WinyamaroWalt Disney – Trapper 65.53210 67.2345 67.6606 64.89412 64.04313 65.87211
12 Michal Rapcewicz RandonCzuwaj – Famino 65.7459 65.9578 65.9578 63.40414 65.10612 65.23412
13 Katarzyna Milczarek EkwadorHeraldik xx – Corofino holst 65.31911 64.04313 63.40413 65.7459 66.3839 64.97913
14 Evi Strasser Quantum TymeQuattro – Argentinius 63.40414 64.04313 63.19114 63.61713 63.83014 63.61714