Carl Hester & Liebling Win World Dressage Masters CDI5* Grand Prix Special

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Carl Hester riding Liebling II to victory in the Moorlands Grand Prix Special at Hickstead. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Carl Hester riding Liebling II to victory in the Moorlands Grand Prix Special at Hickstead. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HICKSTEAD, England, Aug. 1–Carl Hester, in the first CDI5* since getting the ride back on Liebling II, won the €30,000 (US$37,500) Moorlands Grand Prix Special at the Exquis World Dressage Masters Sunday and most likely securing a place on Great Britain’s team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky next month.

Carl and Liebling scored 72.417 per cent, with Brett Parbery,the first Australian to compete at a World Dressage Masters, on Victory Salute in second place with 70.167 per cent and Britain’s Maria Eilberg on Two Sox third with 69.875 per cent.

The 13-year-old gelding that Carl rode to team silver at the European Championships in 2009 was sold earlier this year to businessman John Risley with the hope of providing a Canadian team WEG mount for Cheryl Meisner. She did not have enough time develop a relationship with Liebling to qualify and Carl was offered the ride on the horse as a possible WEG mount.

“I’m really grateful to the owner for giving me the chance to qualify,” Carl said.

He had a lot at stake in the Grand Prix on Saturday as it was the last opportunity to get a score to qualify for the British team as well wanting to do well for the new owner.

Brett Parbery on Victory Salute at Exquis World Dressage Masters. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Brett Parbery on Victory Salute at Exquis World Dressage Masters. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Brett Parbery said that the mistakes that produced low scores in Saturday’s Grand Prix “turned out to be today’s silver lining.”

If he had done as well Saturday as he did Sunday, Brett and the 14-year-old gelding would have ridden in the musical freestyle and not the Special that was successful.

Complete results of the Grand Prix Special:

Percentage (Rank)
Rank No Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1 68 CARL HESTER
GBR
LEIBLING II
/ / Gelding/
72.917%
(1)
72.917%
(1)
72.083%
(1)
72.083%
(1)
72.083%
(1)
72.417%
2 5 BRETT PARBERY
AUS
VICTORY SALUTE
/ / Gelding/
70.625%
(2)
68.958%
(2)
69.583%
(3)
70.833%
(2)
70.833%
(2)
70.167%
3 48 MARIA EILBERG
GBR
TWO SOX
/ / Gelding/
70.417%
(3)
68.542%
(4)
70.208%
(2)
70.833%
(2)
69.375%
(3)
69.875%
4 69 HENRIETTE ANDERSON
GBR
LOUIS D’OR
/ / Unknown/
68.958%
(4)
67.708%
(5)
69.167%
(4)
70.208%
(4)
68.125%
(4)
68.833%
5 98 RAFAEL ORTIZ ALCALA-ZAMORA
ESP
G-NIDIUM 1
/ / Stallion/
66.458%
(6)
68.958%
(2)
68.958%
(5)
66.875%
(6)
65.417%
(7)
67.333%
6 75 JOSE ANTONIO GARCIA MENA
ESP
NORTE
/ / Stallion/
61.875%
(10)
65.625%
(7)
66.250%
(6)
68.125%
(5)
68.125%
(4)
66.000%
7 66 AMY STOVOLD
GBR
MACBRIAN
/ / Gelding/
63.125%
(9)
66.458%
(6)
66.042%
(7)
65.417%
(8)
66.250%
(6)
65.458%
8 9 FANNY VERLIEFDEN
BEL
RUBEL 13
3.3333E+11 / / Gelding/
67.500%
(5)
65.417%
(8)
65.417%
(8)
65.417%
(8)
62.708%
(10)
65.292%
9 81 EVI STRASSER
CAN
QUANTUM TYME
/ / Unknown/
66.458%
(6)
63.542%
(9)
65.000%
(9)
65.833%
(7)
64.167%
(8)
65.000%
10 58 JUDY HARVEY
GBR
FITZGERALDO
/ / Gelding/
63.958%
(8)
62.708%
(10)
62.500%
(10)
63.958%
(10)
64.167%
(8)
63.458%
(RET) 51 MICHAEL EILBERG
GBR
MONET
/ / Gelding/