25-Year-Old Leads Germany to Aachen Nations Cup Victory

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Kristina Sprehe and Desperados riding to the top score in the Nations Cup. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 5–Kristina Sprehe, who just a year ago rode Desperados in the Under-25 division at this World Equestrian Festival, on Thursday led Germany to victory in the Nations Cup in her first team appearance with less than a month to the Olympics.

Kristina and the 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion (De Niro x Wie Musik x Wolkenstein II) scored 79.702 per cent and her coach, Jürgen Koschel, said the pair could improve from the performance that brought the sold-out stadium of 8,500 spectators to huge applause.

Her team mate, Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW rode through heavy rain accompanied by rumbling thunder to second place individually on 78.426 per cent despite a leap by the horse in the final centerline passage tour.

Austria’s Victoria Max-Theurer on Augustin OLD broke up a German sweep of the top three places with her result of 77.894 per cent, while Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino finished fourth on 75.426 per cent. For Anabel the result was achieved with the help of some sport psychology counseling that helped to banish some anxiety about competing at Aachen. Two years ago she was hospitalized after falling ill here and last year on her way to the show a car ran into her truck and Dablino fell to the floor.

Victoria Max-Theurer happy with her ride on Augustin OLD. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

This show, which drew 49,000 spectators Thursday with Nations Cups for both dressage and jumping, will be the deciding event for the selection of the German team at the Olympics openng in London later this month that had added drama with the withdrawal of Totilas from consideration.

The Nations Cup result was overshadowed by news about Totilas that resulted from the stallion’s rider, Matthias Alexander Rath, being “still very ill” from mononucleosis that forced himto drop out of the Aachen show.

The placings in the Nations Cup:

1. Germany 233.554
2. Denmark 221.000
3. The Netherlands 214.192
4. Sweden 211.574
5. Spain 208.851
6. Australia 206.745
7. Great Britain 206.574

Kristina Sprehe said that her result on Desperados was “like a dream that came true two times”–being on her first German team and performing so well before a home crowd.

Denmark displayed depth in their drive to repeat as bronze medal winners from the 2008 Beijing Games.

The three top Danes all scored well above 70 per cent, and included two combinations from the team that won the 2008 bronze, Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby scoring 74.936 per cent and Anne van Olst and Exquis Clearwater 72.538 per cent.

Anna Kasprzak and Donnperignon. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Anna Kasprzak, a newcomer to the international scene, rode Donnperignon for a score of 73.426 per cent.

This was only the fourth CDI for the 22-year-old Anna and the 13-year-old Finnish warmblood gelding (Donnerhall x Montserrat x Mozart 1179) whose family bought the horse from Germany’s Christoph Koschel after the European Championships last year.

The Australian team was closely watched as Hayley Beresford on Belissimo NRW was left off their Olympic squad as selectors overlooked her results to choose veterans.

Hayley and the stallion was the highest placed of the Australian combinations with a score of 69.426 per cent while Kristy Oatley and Clive wh were selected ahead of her scored 68.383 per cent in a ride that was penalized for going off course.

Hayley was so overcome with emotion after her ride that tears were streaming down her face as she left the packed arena.

Hayley has taken her complaint over the Australian selection process to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A tearful Hayley Beresford leaving the arena. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy who automatically qualified for the Olympic team as the highest scoring pair in two European selection trials scored 68.936 per cent. Her warmup routine was disrupted when her husband, Sweden’s Patrik Kittel, was unable to coach her as he rode immediately after and the groom they share and knows Sandro Boy was concentrating on Patrik and Toy Story.

Results of the Grand Prix:

Judge E :Stephen Clarke (GBR) Judge H :Wim Ernes (NED) Judge C : Gary Rockwell (USA) Judge M : Leif Törnblad (DEN)
Judge B : Evi Eisenhardt (GER)
RANK CNR HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COLOUR\BORN\SIRE X SIREDAM\
JUDGE E JUDGE H JUDGE C JUDGE M JUDGE B %
RIDER
OWNER
RANK RANK RANK RANK RANK
1 325 Desperados 11 – HANN
S \ Black \ 2001 \ De Niro x Wolkenstein II
GER
7800 78.085 80.106 80.638 81.064 78.617 79.702
Kristina  Sprehe
Gestüt Sprehe GmbH
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 321 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF
S \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER
5500 77.128 77.872 82.766 78.830 75.532 78.426
Helen  Langehanenberg
Christian Becks
( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 5 )
3 301 Augustin OLD – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
AUT
3600 78.085 77.234 80.957 76.277 76.915 77.894
Victoria  Max-Theurer
Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Schloss Achleiten
( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 )
4 317 Dablino FRH – HANN
G \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Wanderbursch II
GER
2200 76.702 75.638 76.064 72.553 76.170 75.426
Anabel  Balkenhol
Klaus Balkenhol
( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 9 ) ( 4 )
5 329 Digby – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN
1400 75.638 74.468 74.255 76.064 74.255 74.936
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein
Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Dr. Michael Siebert, R. White
( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 )
6 330 Diva Royal – HANN
M \ DarkBay \ 2002 \ Don Frederico x Warkant
GER
500 74.043 76.915 72.872 74.362 73.191 74.277
Dorothee  Schneider
Katharina Roth
( 9 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 )
7 340 Eremo del Castegno – SI
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
ITA
500 74.787 74.468 71.383 73.511 73.511 73.532
Valentina  Truppa
Centro Equestre Monferrato
( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 11 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 )
8 332 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
DEN
500 72.447 74.149 72.234 71.809 76.489 73.426
Anna  Kasprzak
Kasprzak Family
( 13 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 11 ) ( 3 )
9 383 Uzzo – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Lancet x Indoctro
NED
500 73.830 72.553 72.447 75.213 70.638 72.936
Patrick  van der Meer
Trainingsstal De hoeve
( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 ) ( 16 )
10 341 Exquis Clearwater – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1998 \ Carpaccio x Limebrand
DEN
500 74.787 71.383 71.596 72.553 72.872 72.638
Anne  van Olst
Anne van Olst, Team Exquis
( 6 ) ( 12 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 )
10 323 Delgado – WESTF
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ De Niro
ESP
500 73.191 73.191 71.277 73.723 71.809 72.638
Beatriz  Ferrer-Salat
Deliber S.L.
( 12 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 7 ) ( 11 )
12 360 Martini – PHBA
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Deryl SP x Madryt
POL
500 73.404 71.915 71.809 70.745 71.170 71.809
Beata  Stremler
Grazyna Stremler, Bogdan Stremler
( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 9 ) ( 17 ) ( 13 )
13 352 Hunter Douglas Toots – KWPN
G \ Dark Bay \ 2000 \ Jazz x Havidoff
NED
74.255 70.532 70.319 70.426 72.447 71.596
Imke  Schellekens-Bartels
T. Bartels, J. Schellekens
( 8 ) ( 18 ) ( 15 ) ( 18 ) ( 10 )
14 378 Toy Story – SWB
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Come Back II x Concorde
SWE
72.340 71.383 69.894 71.489 70.532 71.128
Patrik  Kittel
Patrik Kittel, Carol & Andrew Oately
( 14 ) ( 12 ) ( 18 ) ( 13 ) ( 17 )
15 348 Grandioso – PRE
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Adelante x Sevillano IX
ESP
70.426 70.851 70.213 71.489 69.362 70.468
Jose Daniel  Martin Dockx
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx
( 21 ) ( 16 ) ( 17 ) ( 13 ) ( 22 )
16 375 Smeyers Molberg – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Michellino x Rambo
SUI
70.426 70.638 69.362 71.489 70.000 70.383
Marcela  Krinke Susmelj
Irene Meyer, Marcela Krinke Susmelj
( 21 ) ( 17 ) ( 21 ) ( 13 ) ( 19 )
17 312 Charming Boy 26 – WESTF
G \ DarkBay \ 1996 \ Casaretto x Ehrentusch
SWE
70.000 71.383 68.617 71.702 70.000 70.340
Sofie  Lexner
Ulla Håkanson
( 24 ) ( 12 ) ( 25 ) ( 12 ) ( 19 )
18 345 Ferdi – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Federweisser x Charmeur
SWE
71.596 69.043 70.426 69.362 70.106 70.106
Maria  von Essen
Alexander Bennergård
( 15 ) ( 22 ) ( 14 ) ( 23 ) ( 18 )
19 344 Fabriano 58 – WESTF
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x Angelo XX
AUT
71.277 69.574 69.043 68.723 70.851 69.894
Renate  Voglsang
Renate Voglsang
( 17 ) ( 20 ) ( 23 ) ( 25 ) ( 14 )
20 328 Diamond Hit – OLDBG
S \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Don Schufro x Ramino
GBR
71.383 68.298 69.894 70.319 69.362 69.851
Emma  Hindle
J. Banfi, R. White & Dr. Siebert
( 16 ) ( 28 ) ( 18 ) ( 19 ) ( 22 )
21 307 BMC Miciano – WESTF
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Medici x Dialekt
NED
69.787 68.617 70.638 70.851 68.404 69.660
Marlies  van Baalen
J.M.J. van Baalen-Dorresteyn, J. Hinneman
( 26 ) ( 24 ) ( 13 ) ( 16 ) ( 26 )
22 370 Schianto – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Schwadroneur
DEN
67.872 71.383 68.298 68.723 71.702 69.596
Sidsel  Johansen
Jorgen Rosbog
( 32 ) ( 12 ) ( 29 ) ( 25 ) ( 12 )
23 362 Pasoa – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 1997 \ Damocles x Hamilton
GBR
71.277 69.149 68.511 69.574 69.362 69.574
Nikki  Crisp
Miss N. Crisp
( 17 ) ( 21 ) ( 26 ) ( 21 ) ( 22 )
24 315 Coryolano – BAY
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Coriolan x Gajus
IRL
71.277 68.191 68.404 68.617 70.851 69.468
Anna  Merveldt
Anna Merveldt, Christine Breitinger
( 17 ) ( 29 ) ( 28 ) ( 27 ) ( 14 )
25 303 Belissimo NRW – RHEIN
S \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Beltain x Romadour II
AUS
71.064 68.404 68.723 69.468 69.468 69.426
Hayley  Beresford
Zucht-u.Sportpferde Schmidt GmbH, Hayley Beresford
( 20 ) ( 26 ) ( 24 ) ( 22 ) ( 21 )
26 381 Unlimited – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Jazz x Winckenburgh
NED
67.234 70.319 69.468 69.362 68.936 69.064
Stephanie  Peters
B.M.A. Vonk, Stal Perlee
( 33 ) ( 19 ) ( 20 ) ( 23 ) ( 25 )
27 369 Sandro Boy 9 – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2001 \ Sandro Hit x Argentinus
AUS
70.000 67.447 68.511 70.319 68.404 68.936
Lyndal  Oatley
Carol & Andrew Oatley
( 24 ) ( 31 ) ( 26 ) ( 19 ) ( 26 )
28 314 Clive – HOLST
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Caletto I x Landgraf I
AUS
70.319 66.489 70.319 67.553 67.234 68.383
Kristy  Oatley
Kristy & Rosalind Oatley
( 23 ) ( 32 ) ( 15 ) ( 30 ) ( 32 )
29 356 Le Beau – OLDBG
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ LE COEUR x CLASSIKER
BEL
68.404 68.511 66.489 68.404 68.298 68.021
Philippe  Jorissen
Philippe Jorissen
( 28 ) ( 25 ) ( 33 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 )
30 386 Weltzin – HANN
S \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Weltbogen x Werther
GBR
68.085 68.404 68.085 65.319 65.851 67.149
Hannah  Biggs
Hannah Biggs
( 30 ) ( 26 ) ( 31 ) ( 31 ) ( 34 )
31 380 TSF Rudi´s Memory – TRAK
G \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Bartholdy
SWE
66.064 64.787 68.191 68.085 67.979 67.021
Michelle  Hagman
Pferdesport Wintermühle GmbH, Michelle Hagman
( 34 ) ( 35 ) ( 30 ) ( 29 ) ( 29 )
32 302 Axis TSF – TRAK
S \ Black \ 1999 \ Sixtus x Angard
FIN
69.787 68.723 65.638 62.553 67.979 66.936
Terhi  Stegars
Terhi Stegars
( 26 ) ( 23 ) ( 34 ) ( 36 ) ( 29 )
33 349 GV Bullwinkle – WB
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Rocadero
AUS
65.532 64.149 69.362 64.043 66.915 66.000
Rozzie  Ryan
Olivia Bunn
( 35 ) ( 36 ) ( 21 ) ( 33 ) ( 33 )
34 308 Calypso van het Goorhof – BWP
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Camus x Coriolan
BEL
68.085 65.426 66.596 64.362 65.106 65.915
Ronny  Coenraerds
Wim Sneyers
( 30 ) ( 34 ) ( 32 ) ( 32 ) ( 35 )
35 346 Fogonero IX – PRE
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Judio III x Esencial
ESP
68.404 68.085 62.128 62.766 67.340 65.745
Ignacio  Rambla
Fundacion R.E.A.A.E
( 28 ) ( 30 ) ( 36 ) ( 35 ) ( 31 )
36 313 Ciowa – HANN
G \ Bay \ 1996 \ Cheenok x Wittelsbach
ESP
64.255 66.383 64.787 63.404 62.447 64.255
Carmen  Naesgaard
Carmen Naesgaard, Rodriguez Passclas
( 36 ) ( 33 ) ( 35 ) ( 34 ) ( 36 )