Princess Nathalie on Digby Win Opening West European League World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix

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Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

ODENSE, Denmark, Oct. 23–Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein rode Digby to victory Saturday before a home crowd in the Grand Prix of the first World Cup qualifier of the 2010/2011 winter season, squeaking out the win over Germany’s Isabell Werth and Satchmo at the JBK Horse Show.

The Danish rider, who gave birth to a boy less than four months ago, had mixed fortunes Saturday. In the CDI3* Grand Prix earlier in the day, she retired on Rigoletto when the horse became distracted in the indoor arena.

However, she and Digby, the 13-year-old gelding she competed at the 2008 Olympics, the 2009 European Championships and the World Equestrian Games just four weeks ago, scored 73.319 per cent with Isabell and Satchmo, her 2008 Olympic gold medal mount, in second with 73.149 per cent and Hans Peter Minderhoud of the Netherlands on IPS Tango third on 71.744 per cent.

The arena rang with shouts of joy, when the result for Nathalie was announced. The annunce rhad to ask the audience to be quiet to show consideration for the next rider.

“I’m very happy with my horse today, he only just arrived from Kentucky three weeks ago,” she said. “He was a little tense in the beginning, but then he started to relax and did the best he could.”

Isabell said of her ride on Satchmo, “Well it was not quite good enough. I had a good start with the entry, and the first half of the program was rather good, but I had a little tension in the canter program, and too many mistakes there. It’s difficult here, in this arena for Satchmo, with the crowd ,and everything is very close, but I’m not unhappy, because he was serious, but was at times a little unconcentrated, because of the atmosphere. But OK, that’s part of the game, and we‘ll see what happens tomorrow.”

Tango, ridden by Hans Peter, is in his first season at Grand Prix, and was a “bit spooky” and had “many mistakes” in a corner where a car was displayed.

“I’m very happy with the way he is going and developing, and there is still a lot more space for improvement, so I did not expect him to come 3rd here today, so I’m very happy,” he said.

The Freestyle will be held Sunday.

The World Cup has begun its second quarter-century with the 2010/2011 season and has a new sponsor for the next three years, fashion designer Reem Acra, who puts her name on both the Western Europea League and the Final in Leipzig, Germany.

Missing from this year’s indoor circuit, the only annual worldwide dressage series, will be the defending World Cup championship pair of Edward Gal and Moorlands Totilas as the spectacular 10-year-old stallion has been sold to Germany’s Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International. The pair also collected all three gold medals up for grabs at the recent WEG in Kentucky.

The Western European League is the most competitive of the four leagues, the others being Central Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific.

Among the likely contenders to be in Leipzig for the Final April 27-May 1 are WEG triple silver medalist Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris of Great Britain as well as the crowd-pleasing Spanish combination of Juan Manuel Munoz Diaz and Fuego XII and the Netherlands’ Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, ranked No. 2 in the world, but dogged by inuuries in their two appearances in the Western Hemisphere, the 2009 World Cup Final in Las Vegas and WEG in Kentucky. The 2009 title holder Steffen Peters and Ravel of the USA is also looking at possibilities to be at Leipzig. In the 2009/2010 season, there were no World Cup qualifiers on the U.S. West Coast where the pair make their home.

After the opening leg in Odense, the West European League is next in Lyon, France; then Stockholm; London; Frankfurt, Germany; Mechelen, Belgium; Amsterdam; Neumunster, Germany; Gothenburg, Sweden, and s’-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands,

The most successful rider in World Cup history is the Netherlands’ Anky Van Grunsven who claimed the title nine times over a 13-year period stretching from 1995 to 2008, riding only two horses–Bonfire and Salinero.

Andreas Helgstrand and Polka Hit Nexen © 2010 Ridehesten
Andreas Helgstrand and Polka Hit Nexen © 2010 Ridehesten

In the CDI3* Grand Prix Special earlier Saturday, Dane Andreas Helgstrand and Polka Hit Nexen took revenge after Thursday’s Tryg Cup Grand Prix where they had to make do with third place. The pair won the Special on 69.125 per cent with Belgian Julie Deken on her gelding Fazzino second with 68.719 per cent and Isabell Werth and First Class 53, who had come out on top in the Grand Prix, finishing third with 68.625 per cent.

Results of CDI-W Grand Prix:

RK CNR HORSE RIDER EUR E H C M B Total Perc.
1 102 DIGBY – DWB
Gelding\dBay\1997\Donnerhall x Sandro\
Nathalie ZU SAYN-WITTGENSTEIN (DEN) 2,667.00 72.340
(2)
71.914
(2)
73.829
(1)
74.468
(1)
74.042
(1)
1723.00 73.319
2 108 SATCHMO 78 – HANN
Gelding\Bay\1994\Sao Paulo x Legat\
Isabell WERTH (GER) 2,000.00 73.191
(1)
72.978
(1)
73.191
(2)
74.255
(2)
72.127
(2)
1719.00 73.149
3 115 IPS TANGO – KWPN
Stallion\Chestnut\2000\Jazz x Contango\
Hans Peter MINDERHOUD (NED) 1,334.00 70.851
(4)
71.702
(3)
72.766
(3)
71.702
(3)
71.702
(3)
1686.00 71.744
4 107 RESPONSIBLE OLD – OLDBG
Mare\Black\1999\Rohdiamant x Freudenprinz\
Helen LANGEHANENBERG (GER) 934.00 72.340
(2)
70.425
(5)
72.340
(4)
71.276
(4)
70.851
(5)
1679.00 71.446
5 116 FAVOURIT – RHEIN
Gelding\dChestnut\1999\Fidermark x Wolrdchamp\
Tinne VILHELMSON SILFVйN (SWE) 866.00 70.851
(4)
71.063
(4)
70.851
(5)
69.787
(6)
71.702
(3)
1665.00 70.851
6 103 ATTERUPGAARDS MOLBERG – DWB
Gelding\Bay\2001\Michellino x Rambo\
Sanne HENNINGSEN (DEN) 800.00 68.936
(6)
68.085
(7)
69.361
(6)
70.638
(5)
68.936
(7)
1626.00 69.191
7 106 LAMARC WRT – OLDBG
Gelding\dBay\1996\Leggiero x Kronprinz xx\
Sabine BECKER (GER) 733.00 68.723
(7)
68.510
(6)
68.723
(7)
67.872
(8)
70.425
(6)
1618.00 68.851
8 105 SKOVLUNDS MAS GUAPO – DWB
Gelding\Black\1998\Master x Cannon Row xx\
Mikaela LINDH (FIN) 666.00 66.595
(10)
67.021
(9)
67.659
(8)
69.149
(7)
66.383
(8)
1583.00 67.361
9 117 LEO AF MAGNUSHцJ – DWB
Gelding\dBay\1995\Rohdiamant x Leonardo 2\
Nina HOFMANN (SWE) 66.808
(9)
67.234
(8)
66.170
(10)
67.446
(9)
65.532
(9)
1566.00 66.638
10 101 BLUE HORS ROMANOV – OS
Stallion\Bay\2000\Rohdiamant x Grundstein II\
Sune HANSEN (DEN) 67.659
(8)
65.532
(12)
65.957
(11)
66.383
(10)
65.319
(10)
1555.00 66.170
11 121 RUBEL 13 – OLDBG
Gelding\Black\1995\Rubinstein x Tin Rocco\
Fanny VERLIEFDEN (BEL) 64.255
(15)
65.744
(10)
66.595
(9)
65.957
(11)
64.893
(11)
1539.00 65.489
12 109 PRO-SET – KWPN
Stallion\Bay\1997\Jet-Set D x Flemmingh\
Lillann JEBSEN (NOR) 65.532
(11)
65.106
(13)
64.893
(12)
64.893
(14)
64.680
(12)
1528.00 65.021
13 118 LYDIANUS – HOLST
Gelding\Bay\1997\Lorentin I x Caribo\
Charlotte HAID BONDERGAARD (SWE) 65.319
(12)
64.893
(14)
64.680
(13)
65.532
(12)
63.404
(13)
1522.00 64.766
14 114 PREMIER – KWPN
Gelding\Chestnut\1997\Jazz x Ulft\
Aat VAN ESSEN (NED) 65.106
(13)
65.744
(10)
63.404
(14)
65.319
(13)
62.978
(14)
1516.00 64.510
15 132 PEGASUS MK – KWPN
Gelding\dBay\1997\Elcaro x L.Ronald\
Anna ROSS DAVIES (GBR) 65.106
(13)
63.191
(15)
61.489
(16)
64.893
(14)
60.851
(16)
1483.00 63.106
16 135 SAL – LUS
Stallion\Bay\1999\Mississipe x Golega\
Nuno PALMA SANTOS (POR) 63.191
(16)
63.191
(15)
62.766
(15)
63.617
(16)
62.127
(15)
1480.00 62.978
113 SALVADOR – KWPN
Gelding\dBay\1999\Lancet x Nimmerdor\
Stephanie PETERS (NED) *RET


Results of CDI3* Grand Prix Special:

RK CNR HORSE RIDER EUR E H C M B Total Perc.
1 123 POLKA HIT NEXEN – DWB
Mare\Bay\2002\Sandro Hit x Temple Wind\
Andreas HELGSTRAND (DEN) 1,700.00 68.125
(3)
68.125
(3)
68.750
(1)
71.666
(1)
68.958
(1)
1659.00 69.125
2 120 FAZZINO – WESTF
Gelding\Chestnut\1998\Florestan I x Rivellino xx\
Julie DE DEKEN (BEL) 1,300.00 70.208
(1)
68.541
(2)
68.333
(2)
67.916
(3)
68.958
(1)
1651.00 68.791
3 194 FIRST CLASS 53 – RHEIN
Gelding\Bay\1999\Florestan I x Landadel\
Isabell WERTH (GER) 900.00 68.750
(2)
70.000
(1)
67.083
(3)
69.375
(2)
67.916
(3)
1647.00 68.625
4 126 TANNENHOF’S SOLERO TSF – TRAK
Stallion\dBay\1993\Hyllos x Polargeist\
Lotte VAGNER (DEN) 500.00 66.666
(4)
65.833
(4)
65.208
(4)
65.833
(4)
67.708
(4)
1590.00 66.250
5 195 GACHINO – BAD-WU
Gelding\Black\1994\Gardez x Chinatown\
Juan Manuel VIDAL (ESP) 250.00 65.625
(5)
64.791
(7)
65.000
(5)
64.583
(8)
66.458
(5)
1567.00 65.291
6 125 BROHOLM’S HIGHLIGHT – DWB
Gelding\Bay\1998\Midt-West Ibi-Light x Sorel\
Jim RASMUSSEN (DEN) 65.416
(6)
65.000
(6)
64.375
(6)
65.833
(4)
64.791
(6)
1562.00 65.083
7 128 MIKADO ENGVANG – DWB
Gelding\Bay\1996\Mid-Quest Igi Right x Peri-Ace Dane\
Anette EJLERSGAARD (DEN) 64.166
(9)
65.208
(5)
64.166
(7)
64.375
(9)
64.375
(8)
1547.00 64.458
8 137 RUDI’S MEMORY – TRAK
Gelding\dChesntut\2000\Gribaldi x Bartholdy\
Michelle HAGMAN (SWE) 64.375
(8)
64.583
(8)
63.125
(9)
64.791
(7)
64.583
(7)
1543.00 64.291
9 127 NOBLEMAN – HANN
Gelding\Black\1999\Hatiello xx x Wenzel II\
Thomas SIGTENBJERGGAARD (DEN) 64.583
(7)
63.125
(10)
63.333
(8)
63.125
(10)
63.541
(9)
1525.00 63.541
10 129 VIVALDI VAN HET LINDENHOF – BWP
Gelding\Chestnut\1998\Camus\
Raphael LOISON (FRA) 63.958
(10)
63.541
(9)
61.875
(11)
65.208
(6)
62.708
(10)
1523.00 63.458
11 100 NEVERSFELDE FEUER – KWPN
Gelding\Chestnut\1995\Flemmingh\
Wim VERWIMP (BEL) 61.666
(11)
62.083
(12)
61.250
(12)
62.708
(11)
61.041
(12)
1482.00 61.750
12 196 JOSй KILEN – DWB
Gelding\Bay\2001\Jazz x Dorpas x\
Jon D. PEDERSEN (DEN) 60.416
(13)
63.125
(10)
62.708
(10)
62.291
(12)
59.166
(14)
1477.00 61.541
13 111 CARTIER – DWB
Gelding\Bay\2001\Blue Hors Cavan x Blue Hors Romancier\
Jonas ELVEBAKK (NOR) 61.458
(12)
61.041
(13)
61.250
(12)
61.666
(13)
61.666
(11)
1474.00 61.416
14 133 WORSTEINER – OLDBG
Gelding\Bay\2000\Wolkentanz II x Warkant\
Stine GOTESEN (NOR) 59.583
(14)
60.833
(14)
61.041
(14)
59.791
(14)
60.208
(13)
1447.00 60.291
15 136 AJAX II – SWB
Gelding\Bay\1995\Zephyr x Gaspari\
Nina BENGTSSON (SWE) 56.458
(16)
59.375
(15)
58.750
(15)
59.791
(14)
57.291
(15)
1400.00 58.333
16 124 KILDEVANGS MIGNON – DWB
Mare\Bay\2001\Michellino x Filon d’Or\
Kristoffer MEJLHEDE (DEN) 56.875
(15)
58.125
(16)
57.500
(16)
58.541
(16)
57.291
(15)
1384.00 57.666
197 RIGOLETTO – DWB
Gelding\Bay\1996\Rubinstein I x Rossi\
Nathalie ZU SAYN-WITTGENSTEIN (DEN) *RET