MONICA THEODORESCU & WHISPER WIN AACHEN 4* GRAND PRIX

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Monica Theodorescu and Whisper in the Aachen CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 4–Monica Theodorescu rode Whisper to victory in the World Equestrian Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Wednesday, while a third place finish for Isabell Werth and Don Johnson may have put paid to her hopes of competing at her fifth Olympic Games.

Monica and the 14-year-old Württemberger gelding (Welt Hit 1 x Widney x Wellstar) were scored at 74.319 per cent, the best result for the pair in more than 3 1/2 years. The German rider and Whisper began their international Grand Prix career five years ago.

Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer and Eichendorff were second with a score of 73.830 per cent, a personal best at Grand Prix for Vici and the 14-year-old Westfalen stallion (Ehrentusch x Florence x Ferragamo) in the five years of their Grand Prix partnership. Vici is heading to her third Olympics in London later this month, on her top mount, Augustin OLD.

The score of 73.404 per cent to give Isabell and Don Johnson third place most likely has ended her chances of adding to her tally of  four team and one individual gold medals, a record in dressage.

The 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Frederico x Werona x Warkant) appeared tense at the beginnig of the ride and led to mistakes.

Isabell Werth smiling after her ride on Don Johnson. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

El Santo NRW, her other Grand Prix horse, has also disappointed this year.

Isabell was not selected for the German team for the Nations Cup on Thursday, one of the hghlights of this show that attracts the largest number of spectators, well over a half-million, for dressage,driving, eventing, jumping and vaulting that offers €330,000 (US$414,400) in prize money for dressage alone.

Germany’s Olympic team will be announced this weekend, as will the Danish team.

Some of the loudest applause went to Hiroshi Hoketsu, most likely will be the oldest athlete at the age of 71 in the London Olympics, who ride his horse, also named Whisper, for a score of 65.149 per cent. At one point, his score was 71 per cent, the same as his age. The pair competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and Hiroshi, a former business executive, rode as a jumper in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.

Hiroshi Hoketsu on Whisper acknowledging applause from spectators. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Luíza  Tavares de Almeida of Brazil, whose federation joined with the International Equestrian Federation in fighting a challenge to her Olympic selection from South America, rode Pastor to a score of 64.340 per cent and 21st place. She rode Pastor and her 2008 Olympic horse, Samba, in Olympic qualifying competitions in Brazil, most with three Brazilian judges under an excepion granted by the FEI to countries outside Europe.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday in Lausanne, Switzerland, heard the appeal filed by Yvonne Losos de Muniz of the Dominican Republic. Yvonne competed in CDIs in the United States all with three foreign judges, the same standard as Europe. She came second in the qualifying.

The court, the legal end of the road for the challenge, indicated it will announce its decision this week in time to meet the July 9 deadline for Olympic entries.

Luíza Tavares de Almeida in the uniform of a Brazilian army sergeant riding Pastor. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Australia’s Hayley Beresford who is riding on her country’s team in the Nations Cup Thursday has also filed an appeal with CAS over Australian selection procedures whch she describes as biased and display favoritism.

Hayley, who rode in the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Equestrian Games, was not selected for the Australian team although her results in the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Secial that will determine the Olympic team medals aboard the stallion Belissimo NRW at two European selection trials placed her second behind the overall winner, Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy. Lyndal’s results automatically elevated her to the team.

The selectors chose veterans Mary Hanna and Sancette and Kristy Oatley, a cousin of Lyndal, and Clive as the other two members of the three-member team.

Kristy will ride Clive in the Nations Cup Thursday, but in the CDI4* Grand Prix Wednesday she and Ronan 2 scored 66.532 per cent.

Earlier, Sweden’s Patrik Kittel and Uno Donna Unique won the Prix St. Georges.

Patrik Kittel and Uno Donna Unique. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results of the Grand Prix:

Judge E : Leif Törnblad (DEN) – Judge H : Stephen Clarke (GBR) – Judge C : Ghislain Fouarge (NED) – Judge M : Evi Eisenhardt (GER) –

Judge B : Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA)
RANK CNR HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COLOUR\BORN\SIRE X SIRE DAM\
JUDGE E JUDGE H JUDGE C JUDGE M JUDGE B %
RIDER
OWNER
RANK RANK RANK RANK RANK
1 387 Whisper 128 – BAWUE
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Welt Hit I x Weltstar
GER
3200 70.532 76.277 76.277 74.468 74.043 74.319
Monica  Theodorescu
Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff
( 9 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
2 336 Eichendorff 10 – WESTF
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Ehrentusch x Ferragamo
AUT
2000 72.021 76.596 72.979 72.340 75.213 73.830
Victoria  Max-Theurer
Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Schloss Achleiten
( 6 ) ( 1 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 1 )
3 391 Don Johnson 14 – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Don Frederico x Warkant
GER
1400 75.319 73.511 73.830 74.255 70.106 73.404
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 8 )
4 365 Riwera de Hus – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 2001 \ Welt Hit II
FRA
1000 72.553 72.979 73.191 72.872 72.872 72.894
Jessica  Michel
Haras de Hus
( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 )
5 342 Exquis Taikoen – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Negro x Rothschild
DEN
700 75.426 70.532 72.872 71.170 70.532 72.106
Anne  van Olst
Anne & Gert Jan van Olst, Stal Exquis
( 1 ) ( 10 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 )
6 371 Silvano – KWPN
S \ DarkBay \ 1999 \ Rubinstein x Cocktail
SWE
600 73.085 72.660 71.596 69.574 70.106 71.404
Patrik  Kittel
Gestüt Peterhof
( 3 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 ) ( 8 )
7 357 Le Noir 35 – HOLST
S \ Black \ 2000 \ Leandro x Caletto I
GER
400 72.128 72.766 70.426 68.298 72.447 71.213
Uta  Gräf
Christiane Herzog
( 5 ) ( 5 ) ( 8 ) ( 11 ) ( 4 )
8 372 Sini Spirit – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Espri x Gluecksgriff
FIN
300 71.064 72.340 69.574 70.213 72.021 71.043
Emma  Kanerva
Sinituote Oy
( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 8 ) ( 5 )
9 304 Bertoli W – WESTF
S \ DarkBay \ 2002 \ Breitling W x Diego xx
GER
200 71.277 72.660 69.468 69.574 70.745 70.745
Wolfram  Wittig
Wolfram Wittig
( 7 ) ( 6 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 6 )
10 358 Lento 5 – HOLST
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ Lorentin I x Caletto II
GER
100 66.596 72.340 72.979 71.383 68.830 70.426
Hubertus  Schmidt
Peter Nagel-Tornau
( 17 ) ( 8 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 12 )
11 318 D´Agostino 5 – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Shogun xx
GER
100 70.106 69.681 68.723 70.426 68.298 69.447
Fabienne  Lütkemeier
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
( 10 ) ( 13 ) ( 11 ) ( 7 ) ( 13 )
12 338 Elvis VA – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 1996 \ Espri x Garibaldi II
GER
66.809 69.894 67.872 68.085 67.872 68.106
Nadine  Capellmann
Nadine Capellmann
( 16 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 )
13 364 Pro-Set – KWPN
S \ Bay \ 1997 \ Jetset-D x Flemmingh
NOR
68.511 70.319 65.851 66.489 67.128 67.660
Lillann  Jebsen
Elisif Sommechield, Gustav Jebsen
( 13 ) ( 11 ) ( 18 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 )
14 354 Lamarc WRT – OLDBG
G \ DarkBay \ 1996 \ Leggiero x Kronprinz xx
GER
65.638 69.468 66.064 66.702 69.255 67.426
Sabine  Becker
Sabine Becker
( 18 ) ( 14 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 11 )
15 306 Brioni W – WESTF
S \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Breitling W x Diego xx
GER
69.362 67.766 66.915 66.809 66.064 67.383
Brigitte  Wittig
Wolfram Wittig
( 11 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 20 )
16 309 Chablis – DWB
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Castro x Leonardo II
ITA
67.447 67.021 66.596 67.128 66.170 66.872
Valentina  Truppa
Valgan S.R.L.
( 14 ) ( 17 ) ( 15 ) ( 13 ) ( 19 )
17 367 Ronan 2 – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ Riccione x Contender
AUS
66.915 67.872 65.957 65.319 66.596 66.532
Kristy  Oatley
Robert & Roslind Oatley
( 15 ) ( 15 ) ( 17 ) ( 18 ) ( 16 )
18 343 Faberge – HANN
G \ Black \ 1996 \ Falkland x Akzent I
ESP
65.319 66.915 67.447 64.149 66.277 66.021
Beatriz  Ferrer-Salat
Deliber S.L.
( 19 ) ( 18 ) ( 13 ) ( 19 ) ( 18 )
19 388 Whisper 115 – HANN
M \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Wolkenstein II x Grenadier
JPN
68.830 65.957 63.191 61.383 66.383 65.149
Hiroshi  Hoketsu
Hiroshi Hoketsu
( 12 ) ( 20 ) ( 22 ) ( 22 ) ( 17 )
20 397 Orion 195 – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1996 \ Jazz x Consul
CAN
61.809 64.255 63.404 63.511 69.468 64.489
Pia  Fortmuller
Pia Fortmuller
( 21 ) ( 22 ) ( 21 ) ( 21 ) ( 10 )
21 363 Pastor
S \ Bay \ 1996 \ hostil
BRA
62.766 64.362 64.362 65.426 64.787 64.340
Luíza  Tavares de Almeida
Manuel Tavares de Almeida Filho
( 20 ) ( 21 ) ( 20 ) ( 17 ) ( 21 )
22 389 Winci – WESTF
M \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Weinberg x Saluut
GER
61.170 66.596 64.574 64.043 64.255 64.128
Anabel  Balkenhol
Klaus Balkenhol
( 22 ) ( 19 ) ( 19 ) ( 20 ) ( 22 )