Charlotte & Valegro “Wow” Crowds in Dominating Hagen CDI4* Grand Prix

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Charlotte Dujardin and the crowd-wowing Valegro at Horses & Dreams meets Great Britain CDI4*. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDIK

HAGEN, Germany, April 27–Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro wowed the crowd and logged a personal best score of more than 81 per cent in the first outing in Germany for the British superstar partnership and dominated the Grand for the Special at the aptly named Horses & Dreams meets Great Britain CDI4* Friday.

Despite spooking when spectators packing the arena applauded the entry of the pair that created some tension that led to Valegro breaking into canter in the extended trot, Charlotte and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding scored 81.426 per cent. That was almost five percentage points higher than Germany’s Isabell Werth and Don Johnson on 76.511 per cent and compatriot Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino in third on 75.404 per cent.

With the Olympics only three months away, this competition is the first major outdoor show and has drawn top combinations from several nations around the world, including Totilas ridden by Matthias Alexander. He is competing in the Freestyle competition to new choreography based on Michael Jackson music. The Grand Prix for that competition is scheduled for Saturday. Bild, the largest circulated newspaper in Germany, quoted Matthias as: “The headline could be the King of Dressage meets the King of Pop.”

Friday’s Grand Prix fascinated the crowds with rapt attention to several combinations, among them Denmark’s Anna Kasprzak on Donnperignon, ridden by Christoph Koschel of Germany at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, placed fourth with a score of 75.149 per cent. This was the pair’s second CDI show.

Denmarl's Anna Kasprzak on Donnperignon. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Fernandez 12, which was competed by Charlotte Dujardin until the 2011 World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, was ridden in Friday’s Grand Prix by Norway’s Cathrine Rasmussen for a sore of 71.340 per cent and 10th place.

The Grand Prix clearly belonged to Charlottee and Valegro (Negro x Malfleur x Gerschwin), part-owned by Carl Hester who on the sidelines coaching his assistant trainer.

This was only the ninth show for the pair since they began their CDI Grand Prix career in March of 2011, and the second this year, the other being the World Dressage Masters in Florida in January where they finished second in the freestyle, only a whisker behind Steffen Peters and Ravel. Their previous highest Grand Prix score was 81.043 per cent at Olympia in London last December.

Valegro, ridden by Charlotte Dujardin, displaying spectacular extended trot. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“I was pretty happy with my ride,” Charlotte said later of the test in which she and Valegro were awarded eight 10s by the five-member ground jury.

“There were a few little bits and pieces which I know I can do better.

“I didn’t want to do too much. He’s only a young horse.”

The show grounds were decorated with Union Jacks, British-themed music from “Land of Hope and Glory” to hits by the Beatles, fish and chips and clothing for horses and humans embroidered for the occasion was “brilliant,” Charlotte said,  “I love it, it’s great.”

Everywhere they turned, Isabell Werth and Don Johnson were reminded of the competition from Great Britain. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Isabell Werth said she was happy with her ride on Don Johnson, but praised Charlotte and Valegro as “realy on top super level. She’s the next one to Laura (Bechtolsheimer) and Parzival that we have to beat. he did it super and now we follow in her footsteps.”

Germany, she said, had some really good combinations and are further along than was give credit for just a year ago.

Carl Hester was asked about Uthopia, his own ride that was scheduled to compete here but canceled at the last moment.

He said he plans to compete Uthopia at a British national show in Addington next week.

Grand Prix CDI4* Qualification for Grand Prix Special

Judges: E: Katrina Wüst (GER)
H: Christoph Hess (GER)
C: Dr. Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA)
M: Isobel Wessels (GBR)
B: Ghislain Fouarge (NED)
# Reiter Nation KNR Pferd E H C M B Gesamt
 1 Charlotte Dujardin 
GREAT BRITAIN
  538 Valegro
W / KWPN / B / 2002 / / 102UB51 / B: Hester,Carl
 82,128%
386
(1)
 78,936%
371
(1)
 80,213%
377
(1)
 83,617%
393
(1)
 82,234%
386.500
(1)
 81.426%
1913.5
2.000,00 EUR
 2 Isabell Werth 
RFV Graf v.Schmettow Eversael e.V.
  211 Don Johnson 14
W / Hann / B / 2002 / Don Frederico / Warkant / 102MB43 / B: Winter-Schulze,Madeleine  / Z: Meyer,Ulrike
 75,106%
353
(4)
 77,553%
364.500
(2)
 77,234%
363
(2)
 75,745%
356
(2)
 76,915%
361.500
(2)
 76.511%
1798
1.300,00 EUR
 3 Anabel Balkenhol 
RV St.Georg Münster e.V.
  185 Dablino
W / Hann / Df / 2000 / De Niro / Wanderbursch II / GER41335 / B: Balkenhol,Klaus  / Z: Sweers,Weert-Arnold
 75,319%
354
(3)
 76,596%
360
(3)
 73,830%
347
(5)
 75,532%
355
(3)
 75,745%
356
(3)
 75.404%
1772
900,00 EUR
 4 Anna Kasprzak 
DENMARK
  217 Donnperignon
W / Fin.WB. / Df / 1999 / Donnerhall / Mozart II 79 / GER25410 / B: Hof Beckerode GmbH,  / Z: Rasanen,Pekka
 75,638%
355.500
(2)
 76,064%
357.500
(4)
 73,936%
347.500
(4)
 75,426%
354.500
(4)
 74,681%
351
(4)
 75.149%
1766
700,00 EUR
 5 Laura Bechtolsheimer 
GREAT BRITAIN
  805 Andretti H
W / HANN / B / 1995 / Aarking xx / Cavalier / ITA08433 / B: Bechtolsheimer, Mr. & Mrs.  / Z: Hinrichs-Heinemann,Gunda
 74,787%
351.500
(5)
 72,766%
342
(5)
 74,574%
350.500
(3)
 74,149%
348.500
(5)
 74,149%
348.500
(5)
 74.085%
1741
500,00 EUR
 6 Siril Helljesen 
NORWAY
  221 Dorina 953
S / DK / B / 2002 / / 102QL22 / B: Helljesen,Siril
 72,660%
341.500
(7)
 70,851%
333
(12)
 73,511%
345.500
(6)
 72,872%
342.500
(6)
 72,553%
341
(6)
 72.489%
1703.5
400,00 EUR
 7 Emile Faurie 
GREAT BRITAIN
  230 Elemegardens Marquis
W / DK / B / 1999 / Michellino / Lucky Light / EST40062 / B: Vaughan,Joanne
 72,872%
342.500
(6)
 72,234%
339.500
(7)
 71,915%
338
(8)
 72,234%
339.500
(7)
 72,234%
339.500
(7)
 72.298%
1699
300,00 EUR
 8 Monica Theodorescu 
RFV Warendorf e.V.
  566 Whisper 128
W / Württ / F / 1998 / Welt Hit I O / Weltstar / GER26878 / B: Linsenhoff,Ann Kathrin  / Z: Wanner,Lothar
 71,915%
338
(8)
 71,277%
335
(9)
 72,234%
339.500
(7)
 70,532%
331.500
(10)
 71,596%
336.500
(8)
 71.511%
1680.5
300,00 EUR
 9 Hubertus Schmidt 
Reiterverein Altenautal e.V.
  895 Lento 5
H / HANN / B / 2000 / Lorentin I / Caletto II / GER42971 / B: Nagel-Thornau,Peter  / Z: Petersen,Uwe
 71,489%
336
(10)
 72,660%
341.500
(6)
 70,213%
330
(11)
 71,702%
337
(8)
 71,064%
334
(10)
 71.426%
1678.5
300,00 EUR
 10 Cathrine Rasmussen 
NORWAY
  248 Fernandez 12
W / Westf / F / 2000 / Florestan I / Weinberg / 103CD53 / B: Grewe,Stephan  / Z: Hobitz,Sandra
 71,596%
336.500
(9)
 71,809%
337.500
(8)
 70,106%
329.500
(12)
 71,702%
337
(8)
 71,489%
336
(9)
 71.340%
1676.5
300,00 EUR
= 7.000,00 EUR
nicht plaziert:
 11 Cecilia Dorselius 
SWEDEN
  339 Lennox 320
W / Westf / Db / 1999 / Laurentianer / Florestan I / 102SA31 / B: Svedala Ridcenter HB,  / Z: Thiemann,Christoph
 71,383%
335.500
(11)
 71,064%
334
(10)
 71,064%
334
(10)
 70,106%
329.500
(11)
 70,851%
333
(11)
 70.894%
1666
 12 Marcela Krinke-Susmelj 
SWITZERLAND
  031 smeyers Molberg
S / DK / B / 2001 / Michellino / Rambo / DEN40115 / B: Munkedal,Klaus  / Z: Atterupgaard,
 71,064%
334
(12)
 70,957%
333.500
(11)
 71,809%
337.500
(9)
 70,000%
329
(12)
 70,532%
331.500
(12)
 70.872%
1665.5
 13 Dorothee Schneider 
Frankf.Turnierst.Schw.Gelb e.V
  267 Forward Looking
S / Westf / B / 2001 / Fidermark I / Dinard L / 102UG96 / B: Kippert,Gabriele  / Z: Heitmann Dr.,Jan
 67,234%
316
(17)
 70,745%
332.500
(13)
 68,191%
320.500
(15)
 69,787%
328
(13)
 68,830%
323.500
(13)
 68.957%
1620.5
 14 Sabine Becker 
RG Ober-Castrop e.V.
  325 Lamarc WRT
W / Old / Db / 1996 / Leggiero / Kronprinz xx / GER41542 / B: Becker,Sabine  / Z: Torhorst,Gerold
 68,830%
323.500
(14)
 69,149%
325
(14)
 68,617%
322.500
(14)
 68,723%
323
(15)
 67,234%
316
(14)
 68.511%
1610
 15 Simon Missiaen 
BELGIUM
  550 Vradin
S / KWPN / B / 2002 / / 102YA81 / B: Missiaen,Roland
 68,723%
323
(15)
 67,340%
316.500
(17)
 68,830%
323.500
(13)
 69,255%
325.500
(14)
 66,915%
314.500
(16)
 68.213%
1603
 16 Hartwig Burfeind 
RV Sandbostel
  195 De Value
H / Hann / B / 2000 / De Niro / Ritual / GER28143 / B: ZG Schopf,Carrie u.Bernd  / Z: Bünger,Ulrich
 67,660%
318
(16)
 69,043%
324.500
(15)
 68,191%
320.500
(15)
 67,660%
318
(17)
 67,128%
315.500
(15)
 67.936%
1596.5
 17 Hasse Hoffmann 
DENMARK
  803 Tiesto
W / KWPN / BAY / 2000 / Gribaldi / / NOR02392 / B: Morberg,Siv + Hoffmann,Hasse
 69,149%
325
(13)
 64,894%
305
(20)
 68,085%
320
(17)
 66,809%
314
(19)
 66,915%
314.500
(16)
 67.170%
1578.5
 18 Carrie Schopf 
Bremer RC e.V.
  479 Sancisco OLD
H / Old / Db / 2001 / Sandro Hit / Rohdiamant / 102NE21 / B: ZG Schopf,Carrie u.Bernd  / Z: Münstermann,Elisabeth
 66,277%
311.500
(18)
 65,319%
307
(18)
 67,979%
319.500
(18)
 67,447%
317
(18)
 66,489%
312.500
(18)
 66.702%
1567.5
 19 Mary Hanna 
AUSTRALIA
  806 Sancette
W / HANN / BAY / 2001 / Sandro Hit / Contender / USA41094 / B: Mary Hanna  / Z: Dietrich Meyer
 66,064%
310.500
(19)
 63,511%
298.500
(21)
 67,979%
319.500
(18)
 68,404%
321.500
(16)
 66,277%
311.500
(19)
 66.447%
1561.5
 20 Shawna Harding 
USA
  830 Come On
W / DK / B / 1999 / Come Back II / Lantaan / USA40973 / B: Harding,Shawna
 66,064%
310.500
(19)
 67,553%
317.500
(16)
 65,319%
307
(20)
 65,957%
310
(20)
 65,851%
309.500
(20)
 66.149%
1554.5
 21 Chantal Wigan 
AUSTRALIA
  247 Ferero 8
W / KWPN / B / 1998 / / NED41093 / B: Wigan,Chantal
 63,936%
300.500
(21)
 65,106%
306
(19)
 60,638%
285
(22)
 62,340%
293
(21)
 62,340%
293
(21)
 62.872%
1477.5
 22 Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez 
SPAIN
  477 Sambuca Romane
W / KWPN / Schi / 1999 / / 102TH15 / B: Olst,Anne van
 62,234%
292.500
(22)
 62,766%
295
(22)
 61,915%
291
(21)
 61,170%
287.500
(22)
 61,170%
287.500
(22)
 61.851%
1453.5
 23 Doreen Proos 
AUSTRALIA
  807 Manoe
S / AUSL. / BAY / 1994 / Larno / Bustron / NED40409 / B: Doreen Proos
 56,064%
263.500
(23)
 55,745%
262
(23)
 56,809%
267
(23)
 57,128%
268.500
(23)
 54,574%
256.500
(23)
 56.064%
1317.5