Britain Sweeps to Big Lead in Nations Cup at European Championships

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Charlotte Dujardin riding Valero in the final passage in the Grand Prix at the European Championships. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Aug. 17–Charlotte Dujardin made her championship debut riding the stunning nine-year-old Valegro to a personal best score to give Great Britain a “dream start” big lead over Germany on the first of two days of Nations Cup competition at the European Championships.

The 26-year-old rider who has competed the KWPN gelding by Negro in only five international competitions since the pair started Grand Prix in March scored 78.830 per cent to vault the British team to the top of the leader board with a total of 149.256, a margin of 8.733 over second placed Germany.

The margin fueled Britain’s hopes of winning their first ever gold medal at a dressage championship, though the top two riders from the leading countries will ride Thursday. And it buoyed dreams of a first ever Olympic dressage medal when the Olympics are held on their home turf in London next year.

Among Thursday’s combinations are: Britain’s Laura Bechtolsheimer and Mistral Hojris, triple silver medalist at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and No. 2 in the world, and Carl Hester and Uthopia; Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath and Totilas and Isabell Werth and El Santo NRW, as well as Holland’s Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival, the world’s top ranked combination, and Edward Gal and Sisther de Jeu.

The first two German riders, Christoph Koschel on Donnpergnon and Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW, scored 71.444 per cent and 71.079 per cent, respectively for their first day total of 142.523. Both combinations had mistakes that they said cost them substantial points. Christoph said, though, he was not surprised at the strong showing of Great Britain as riders have watched them compete successfully throughout the year.

The Netherlands, defending champions from 2009, were in third place after Hans Peter Minderhoud on Exquis Nadine scored 70.912 per cent and Sander Marijnissen on Moedwil 70.578 per cent. The two Dutch riders came into these championships with widely varying experience. For Sander it was his first championship team appearance while Hans Peter is a veteran, with Nadine, including team silver medal from the 2008 Olympics and team gold from last year’s World Equestrian Games .

Standings after the first day were: 1. Great Britain, 149.256; 2. Germany, 142.523; 3. Netherlands, 141.490; 4. Denmark, 136.025; 5. Sweden, 134.787; 6. Switzerland, 130.866; 7. France, 128.526; 8. Finland, 127.812;  9. Belgium; 127.402, and 10. Norway, 124.149. (Complete individual results are below).

“It was absolutely the best feeling,” a jubilant Charlotte said after her first ever championship appearance in a half-empty stadium.

“I went in a little bit anxious. I wanted to ride a clear round, that was my top priority for the team.

“What he did was fantastic even with a little problem here and there, like in the second piaffe when he reacted to me overusing my leg.

“Valegro has got a heart of gold. He just wants to keep getting better and he learns so fast. The reason he is so brilliant is his mind.”

Valegro showing off his extended trot with Charlotte Dujardin aboard. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Carl Hester, who found the horse when he was four years old, said that he burst into tears when they announced Valegro was entering the arena and said he was emotionally exhausted from riding every step of the test with his student, Charlotte.

“This is like having a child,” he said.

“Charlotte has been riding Valegro since he was five years old, right after she came out of Young Riders.

“What could give you more pleasure than to see this, and what a time for it to happen, at the European Championships. This has been a dream start.”

At the opening ceremony of the European Championships, teams marched into the arena in alphabetical order that put Germany and Great Britain next to each other. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

As a championship, seven judges and not the usual five make up the ground jury–positioned at K, E, H, C, M, B and F. All seven placed Charlotte first with two scores above 80 per cent and the lowest 76.702 per cent.

Britain’s first rider, Emile Faurie on Elmegardens Marquis, scored 70.426 per cent.

For teams with four riders, the lowest result is discarded.

Christoph Koschel and Donnperignon. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The leafy venue which hosts an annual CHIO including super league jumping won high marks for a new grand stand that added a feeling of intimacy to the event.

However, fewer than half the spectator seats were occupied during the morning competition which produced the best rides of the day.

One grumble from spectators was over the electronic scoreboards that displayed only a running average for individual movements and not individual judge’s scores. Organizers said the problem was that the scoreboards were too small to display all seven scores. However, the same scoreboards displayed all seven final scores and the total.

T.he arena decorations were spectacular. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

FEI European Dressage Championships – Team Competition
Presented by Hunter Douglas
GRAND PRIX (2009)

Judge K : Evi Eisenhardt (GER)
Judge E : Maribel Alonso (MEX)
Judge H : Stephen Clarke (GBR)
Judge C : Wojtek Markowski (POL)
Judge M : Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA)
Judge B : Mary Seefried (AUS)
Judge F : Ghislain Fouarge (NED)

RK HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COL\YR\SIRE X SIREDAM\
K E H C M B F %
RIDER
OWNER



1 Valegro – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Negro x
GBR 77.021 79.681 80.106 82.021 77.660 76.702 78.617 78.830
Charlotte  Dujardin (GBR)
Rowena Lard
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II 79
GER 71.277 72.021 73.404 70.745 70.426 71.809 70.426 71.444
Christoph  Koschel (GER)
Hof Beckerode GmbH, Jürgen Koschel
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 )
3 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF
S \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER 70.213 70.638 71.596 70.213 71.170 72.340 71.383 71.079
Helen  Langehanenberg(GER)
Christian Becks
( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 )
4 Exquis Nadine – KWPN
M \ Chestnut \ 1995 \ TCN Partout x Roemer
NED 70.532 69.362 72.766 71.170 70.532 70.957 71.064 70.912
Hans Peter  Minderhoud(NED)
Team Exquis
( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 3 )
5 Moedwill – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1994 \ Goodwill x Beaujolais
NED 70.106 69.681 71.383 69.468 73.404 69.574 70.426 70.578
Sander  Marijnissen(NED)
W.A. Marijnissen
( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 2 ) ( 8 ) ( 4 )
6 Elmegardens Marquis – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Michellino x Lucky Light
GBR 69.681 69.043 72.340 69.681 69.043 73.298 69.894 70.426
Emile  Faurie (GBR)
Emile Faurie
( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 9 ) ( 2 ) ( 7 )
7 Jonstrupgaardens Raneur – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Ragazzo x Schwadroneur
DEN 70.000 70.213 69.681 70.106 68.936 72.234 68.617 69.970
Lisbeth  Seierskilde(DEN)
Gert Seierskilde
( 6 ) ( 4 ) ( 8 ) ( 5 ) ( 10 ) ( 4 ) ( 9 )
8 Martini – PHBA
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Deryl SP x Madryt
POL 69.468 67.766 69.574 69.362 70.319 70.957 70.106 69.650
Beata  Stremler (POL)
Inter-Api Sp. z o.o.
( 8 ) ( 14 ) ( 10 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 )
9 Exquis Clearwater – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Carpaccio x Limebrand
DEN 68.511 68.617 69.362 67.872 71.064 68.191 66.809 68.632
Anne  van Olst (DEN)
Team Exquis, Anne van Olst
( 9 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 10 ) ( 4 ) ( 11 ) ( 14 )
10 Axis TSF – TRAK
S \ Black \ 1999 \ Sixtus x Angard
FIN 66.064 68.511 69.681 66.596 69.787 68.298 67.979 68.131
Terhi  Stegars (FIN)
Sian Reade Bluw.Trak.Low.Lidham Hill Gue
( 15 ) ( 12 ) ( 8 ) ( 12 ) ( 8 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 )
11 Bocelli 1044 – SWB
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Don Schufro x Bernstein
SWE 67.979 69.043 70.851 69.255 63.404 67.021 68.617 68.024
Rose  Mathisen (SWE)
Gransbo Stuteri
( 10 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 ) ( 23 ) ( 17 ) ( 9 )
12 Faberge – HANN
G \ Black \ 1996 \ Falkland x Akzent I
ESP 65.957 68.723 68.085 67.340 68.191 68.936 67.660 67.842
Beatriz  Ferrer-Salat(ESP)
Deliber S.L.
( 16 ) ( 10 ) ( 13 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 )
13 Xiripiti – LUS
S \ Grey \ 2003 \ Qualficado x Moscatel
POR 67.766 66.383 69.468 62.553 67.447 67.660 68.936 67.173
Maria  Caetano (POR)
PCI Paulo Caetano Internacional
( 11 ) ( 15 ) ( 11 ) ( 22 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 ) ( 8 )
14 Jade de MV – LUS
S \ Grey \ 1999 \ Musico x Neptuno
ESP 66.702 69.043 65.638 65.638 67.234 66.915 67.128 66.900
Claudio  Castilla Ruiz(ESP)
Manuel Vidrie
( 13 ) ( 7 ) ( 17 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 ) ( 18 ) ( 13 )
15 Lennox – WESTF
G \ DarkBay \ 1999 \ Laurentianer x Florestan I
SWE 66.489 66.383 66.489 66.596 67.234 67.340 66.809 66.763
Cecilia  Dorselius (SWE)
Svedala Ridcenter HB
( 14 ) ( 15 ) ( 15 ) ( 12 ) ( 13 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 )
16 Fabriano 58 – WESTF
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x Angelo XX
AUT 65.638 68.298 65.213 66.489 65.000 67.872 66.809 66.474
Renate  Voglsang (AUT)
Renate Voglsang
( 17 ) ( 13 ) ( 18 ) ( 14 ) ( 20 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 )
17 Rokoko N – BRAND
S \ DarkBay \ 2000 \ Rubinstern Noir x Montano
SUI 67.234 64.894 67.766 64.362 66.489 65.851 66.489 66.155
Elisabeth  Eversfield-Koch (SUI)
Elizabeth Eversfield
( 12 ) ( 18 ) ( 14 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 21 ) ( 18 )
18 Le Guerrier – OLDBG
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Rubina
FRA 64.787 66.277 65.213 64.043 65.957 65.638 64.149 65.152
Anne-Sophie  Serre (FRA)
Marie-Laure Roure
( 19 ) ( 17 ) ( 18 ) ( 17 ) ( 16 ) ( 22 ) ( 20 )
19 Donnerfee – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 2000 \ De Niro x Rosenkavalier
BEL 64.362 64.468 62.234 63.404 65.532 67.872 65.851 64.818
Claudia  Fassaert (BEL)
Dirk Hooghe – Verhoeven
( 21 ) ( 19 ) ( 26 ) ( 21 ) ( 18 ) ( 12 ) ( 19 )
20 Ronaldo II – KWPN
G \ Grey \ 1998 \ Gribaldi x Pion
SUI 65.319 63.723 64.787 63.936 65.213 66.702 63.191 64.696
Markus  Graf (SUI)
Gaby Koller
( 18 ) ( 21 ) ( 20 ) ( 19 ) ( 19 ) ( 19 ) ( 22 )
21 Kompliment – TRAK
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Werstowoj x Topkij
UKR 64.574 63.617 62.766 64.043 63.936 66.383 66.809 64.590
Sergey  Puzko (UKR)
Oleg Efremov, Inessa Poturaeva
( 20 ) ( 22 ) ( 24 ) ( 17 ) ( 21 ) ( 20 ) ( 14 )
22 Orlando III – SWB
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Master x Martini
NOR 62.234 64.362 65.745 60.638 63.298 67.340 63.723 63.906
Cathrine  Rasmussen(NOR)
Cathrine Rasmussen
( 24 ) ( 20 ) ( 16 ) ( 25 ) ( 24 ) ( 15 ) ( 21 )
23 Passe Partout – KWPN
G \ Grey \ 1997 \ Gribaldi x Pion
FRA 63.617 63.404 62.128 63.830 65.851 61.915 62.872 63.374
Sébastien  Duperdu (FRA)
Sébastien Duperdu
( 23 ) ( 23 ) ( 27 ) ( 20 ) ( 17 ) ( 26 ) ( 23 )
24 Question de Liberte – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Quidam de Revel x Lagano
BEL 63.936 61.489 63.191 62.234 63.298 63.404 60.532 62.584
Johan  Zagers (BEL)
Tategoi Horses BVBA
( 22 ) ( 25 ) ( 22 ) ( 23 ) ( 24 ) ( 23 ) ( 25 )
25 Harmonia – PHBA
M \ Bay \ 1999 \ Lord Alexander x Hars
ITA 60.638 60.213 60.532 61.489 61.596 62.234 62.340 61.292
Ester  Soldi (ITA)
Ester Soldi
( 25 ) ( 26 ) ( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 26 ) ( 25 ) ( 24 )
26 Flamenco R – WESTF
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Florestan I x Romanow
LUX 59.149 62.128 64.468 59.149 60.957 62.553 60.426 61.261
Gaston  Chelius (LUX)
Claude Niedner
( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 21 ) ( 27 ) ( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 27 )
27 O.Hot Chocolate – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1996 \ Mendo x Indiaan
EST 59.681 59.043 62.660 58.511 63.830 59.255 59.681 60.380
Grete  Barake (EST)
Karim Barake, Maire Püvi
( 27 ) ( 29 ) ( 25 ) ( 29 ) ( 22 ) ( 29 ) ( 29 )
28 Carte d´Or – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Solos Carex x Cannon Row
NOR 60.106 59.255 59.787 59.043 61.170 61.809 60.532 60.243
Camilla  Kalseth (NOR)
Kalseth Family
( 26 ) ( 28 ) ( 29 ) ( 28 ) ( 27 ) ( 27 ) ( 25 )
29 MD Waterford – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Wolkenstein II x Matcho AA
FIN 58.191 59.468 62.979 59.362 58.085 59.362 60.319 59.681
Alexandra  Malmström(FIN)
Heidi Malmström, Mikaela Damsten
( 29 ) ( 27 ) ( 23 ) ( 26 ) ( 29 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 )
30 Vodevil – HANN
S \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Vertoprakh x
RUS 54.681 57.872 54.043 55.638 57.553 53.830 56.277 55.699
Yulia  Vinnitskaja (RUS)
Mrs. Yulia Vinnitskaya
( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 )