Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein & Digby Win Freestyle for Sweep of Doha CDI4*

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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

DOHA, Qatar, Mar. 29–Denmark’s Nathalie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby, her Olympic mount who hates the cold, took advantage of Qatar’s warm sunny weather, to win the Grand Prix Freestyle at the inaugural Al Shaqab CDI4* Saturay.

The pair scored 78.825 per cent for the victory, after posting 75.426 per cent to capture the Grand Prix a day earlier at the first CHI of dressage and jumping in the Middle East.

Lisbeth Seierskilde, who was on Denmark’s Olympic squad with Nathalie and Digby in London last summer, rode Jonstrupgårdens Raneurfor to second place on 74.525 per cent and Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on the Australian-owned Toy Story were third on 74.275 per cent.

In the dressage that had total prize money of €210,000 (US$268,000), Nathalie and the 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Donnerhall x Oxenholm Pamina x Sandro) earned €62,900 (US$80,600) for the two wins this weekend at the dressage and jumping competitions 170 riders and 200 horses from more than 25 nations.

In the Grand Prix Friday, Patrik and Toy Story were second on 71.830 per cent with Portugal’s Gonçalo Carvalho and Rubi third on 69.979 per cent in the field of 14 combinations from nine European nations.

Nathalie and Digby competed at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, 2009 and 2011 European Championships as well as three World Cup Finals.

“Digby had a good winter break but he does hate the cold so it was a great opportunity to bring him here to enjoy the sun and warmth,” she said. “He made the journey well, is happy, and I was very satisfied with his performance.”

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