Germany Leads Midway in European Championships Team Grand Prix, Denmark 2nd, Netherlands 3rd

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Isabell Werth riding Don Johnson FRH to the top of the leaderboard on the first day of the European Championships. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Isabell Werth riding Don Johnson FRH to the top of the leaderboard on the first day of the European Championships. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HERNING, Denmark, Aug. 21–Germany took a clear lead on the first day of the European Cheampionships team competition Wednesday with their two horses and riders filling the top two spots while reigning Olympic champion Great Britain was the victim of inexplicable judging and a horse overcome by the atmosphere. But most of it is unlikey to matter by the end of the Nations Cup as most of the top combinations perform Thursday to decide the medals.

Germany’s Isabell Werth on Don Johnson FRH sealed the lead after the first of two days of the Grand to decide medals with the high score of 75.213 per cent while team mate Fabienne Lütkemeier and D’Agostino were in second place individually with 73.237 per cent for a total of 148.450.

Standings: 1. Germany 148.450, 2. Denmark 141.595, 3. Netherlands 141.581, 4. Sweden 135.259, 5. Finland 134.483, 6. Austria 133.921, 7. Great Britain 133.130, 8. France 133.024, 9. Belgium 132.735, 10. Switzerland 32.128.

Lone Bang Larsen on Fitou L helped Denmark to second place in the standings after the first day of the team competition at the European Championships. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lone Bang Larsen on Fitou L helped Denmark to second place in the standings after the first day of the team competition at the European Championships. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Great Britain’s Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi fulfilled expectations of the defending European and Olympic champions when the pair scored 72.264 per cent, with all but one of the seven judges required for a championship awarding at least 70 per cent–Isabelle Judet of France gave them 75.638 per cent–and two placed them first in the inaugural championship for the 26-year-old rider and the homebred mare.

But Gustav Svalling of Sweden filled in his report card with 65.532 per cent that was worth 13th place in his estimation.

Great Britain's Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi in their first championship at the Europeans. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Great Britain’s Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi in their first championship at the Europeans. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Eighteen nations are competing in the team competition that are considered the most wide open in the 20-year history of the European Championships.

The second day that will decide the medals will feature Great Britain’s double Olympic gold medal pair of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro and her gold medal team mate Carl Hester and Uthopia, German Olympic team silver medal winners Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW and Kristina Sprehe and Desperados FRH of Germany, world No. 1 Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival and Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover of the Netherlands and Tinne Vilhelmsson-Silfvén and Don Auriello of Sweden.

Fabienne Lütkemeier and D'Agostino that got Germany off to the lead after the first of two days of the Grand Prix team competition at the European Championships. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Fabienne Lütkemeier and D’Agostino that got Germany off to the lead after the first of two days of the Grand Prix team competition at the European Championships. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Monica Theodorescu at her first championships as German team coach intently watching Fabienne Lütkemeier in her inaugural championship appearance then smiling with success as Fabienne and D'Agostino were second on the leaderboard behind team mate Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH after the first day of the European Championships Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Monica Theodorescu at her first championships as German team coach intently watching Fabienne Lütkemeier in her inaugural championship appearance then smiling at the success of Fabienne and D’Agostino placing second on the leaderboard behind team mate Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH after the first day of the European Championships Nations Cup. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Great Britain’s Olympic team gold medalist Laura Tomlinson and Mistral Hojris, a Danish Warmblood, had to pull out of what would be their final championship while Patrik Kittel of Sweden swapped the slightly injured Olympic mount Watermill Scandic H.B.C. for the Australian-owned Toy Story and Juan Manuel Muñoz Diaz who withdrew Fuego XII, the entertaining gray  that was a star at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, left Spain without a team.

One of the remaining Spanish combinations is Jose Daniel Martin Dockx riding Grandioso, the PRE stallion owned by Kim Boyer’s Hampton Green Farm of Wellington, Florida.

Denmark’s Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein on Thursday will make a farewell championship appearance for her Digby, now aged 16 and has carried her through two Olympics, two world championships and this will be their third Europeans.

Nerves got the better of some many combinations, especially some of the less experienced on the big stage that truly was large–a 10,000-seat soccer stadium converted for these championships.

Great Britain’s Gareth Hughes and DV Stebkjers Nadonna were a last-minute replacement after an outstanding performance at the Nations Cup in Hickstead, England two weeks ago.

On Wednesday, the pair performed what Gareth described as “the worst test I did for several years” and finished with a 60.866 per cent.

Danielle Heijkoop and Kingsley Siro that a year ago were competing in Under-25 Division now competng in their first chapionships. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Danielle Heijkoop and Kingsley Siro that a year ago were competing in Under-25 Division now competng in their first chapionships. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Anky van Grunsven with Dutch team officials during the ride of Danielle Heijkoop on Kingsley Siros. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Anky van Grunsven with Dutch team officials during the ride of Danielle Heijkoop on Kingsley Siros. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Danielle Heijkoop, at the age of the 26 competing on her first national team with Kingsley Siro and coached by Dutch superstar Anky van Grunsven, did 17 one-tempi changes and not the 15 required but she led for much of the competition with her score of 70.228 per cent

Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand, no stranger in top events, said he was “a bit disappointed” with his ride on Akeem Foldager, the horse he has been riding only since last April. The pair began well but the scores slipped and they finished with 72.720 per cent and third individually.

Andreas Helgstrand on Akeem Foldager. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Andreas Helgstrand on Akeem Foldager. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“My training up to the Europeans has been going so well and then today we make so many mstakes, but horses are living animals so you never know.”

Results Day 1 of Grand Prix:

 Judge K: Andrew Gardner (GBR) Judge E: Susie Hoevenaars (AUS) Judge H: Leif Törnblad (DEN)
 Judge C: Francis Verbeek-van Rooij (NED) Judge M: Dietrich Plewa (GER) Judge B: Isabelle Judet (FRA) Judge F: Gustaf Svalling (SWE)
Rank CNR HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
 K  E  H  C  M  B F Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 531 Don Johnson FRH – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Don Frederico x Warkant
GER
74.787 72.872 76.064 76.809 77.447 71.596 76.915 75.213
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 6 ) ( 1 )
2 529 D´Agostino 5 – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Shogun xx
GER
72.660 72.128 70.851 75.957 73.936 72.766 74.362 73.237
Fabienne  Lütkemeier
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 2 )
3 509 Akeem Foldager – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Akinos x Loran
DEN
72.128 70.532 72.766 74.787 75.532 72.872 70.426 72.720
Andreas  Helgstrand
Patricia Florin
( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 4 ) ( 5 )
4 525 Half Moon Delphi – HANN
M \ Grey \ 2002 \ Dimaggio x West Wall
GBR
73.298 74.043 71.915 71.809 73.617 75.638 65.532 72.264
Michael  Eilberg
Mr Jon And Mrs Julie Deverill
( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 1 ) ( 13 )
5 545 Glock´s Romanov – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ Rohdiamant x Grundstein II
NED
71.064 70.000 70.319 71.170 72.128 73.298 71.489 71.353
Hans Peter  Minderhoud
Glock´s Holding BV
( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 5 ) ( 2 ) ( 4 )
6 563 Santana – HANN
S \ Black \ 2001 \ Sandro Hit x Rubinstein I
SWE
69.574 68.723 70.319 71.809 70.957 73.191 69.043 70.517
Minna  Telde
Minna Telde AB / Berit Telde
( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 7 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 )
7 544 Kingsley Siro – KWPN
G \ Black \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Hemmingway
NED
69.787 69.043 69.255 72.766 71.170 70.957 68.617 70.228
Danielle  Heijkoop
D.Heykoop & T.E.G.van Grunsven & J.J.v.Verseveld
( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 10 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 )
8 513 Norte Lovera – PRE
S \ Grey \ 2000 \ Cortesano VII x Aquiles III
ESP
70.213 68.723 71.489 70.319 68.830 68.617 65.957 69.195
José Antonio  Garcia Mena
Miguel Lovera Garcia
( 6 ) ( 9 ) ( 4 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 )
9 511 Fitou L – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x May Sherif
DEN
67.979 67.447 70.000 70.851 70.957 68.511 66.383 68.875
Lone Bang  Larsen
Lone Bang Larsen
( 14 ) ( 13 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 10 ) ( 11 )
10 519 Jojo Az – HSH
G \ DarkBay \ 2003 \ Ginus x Justboy
FIN
69.043 67.660 68.085 69.787 65.745 68.511 73.191 68.860
Henri  Ruoste
Joachim E. Arl
( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 10 ) ( 13 ) ( 10 ) ( 3 )
11 501 Esperanto 4 – HANN
G \ Black \ 2001 \ Escudo II x Rio Branco
AUT
69.149 69.043 68.830 69.043 66.383 69.043 67.234 68.389
Andrea  John
Andrea John
( 10 ) ( 7 ) ( 11 ) ( 11 ) ( 10 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 )
12 505 Lucky Dance – HESS
S \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Lucky Lionell x Placido – Sun
BEL
69.255 65.957 69.362 68.830 65.426 67.766 66.809 67.629
Julie  de Deken
De Deken – De Vos
( 9 ) ( 16 ) ( 9 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 ) ( 13 ) ( 10 )
13 521 Karamel de Lauture – SF
S \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Gribaldi x Donbito van de Helle
FRA
68.404 67.553 67.979 66.596 65.319 67.021 64.574 66.778
Claire  Gosselin
Marie Helene Yvelines
( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 13 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 18 )
14 557 Rigoletto Royal CH – CH
G \ Chestnut \ 2002 \ Rubin Royal x Donnerschlag
SUI
66.489 70.851 66.915 67.128 65.000 65.638 64.574 66.657
Caroline  Häcki-Rindlisbacher
Rindlisbacher Hildegard + Häcki Caroline
( 20 ) ( 4 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 19 ) ( 18 ) ( 18 )
15 523 Florentino 47 – HANN
G \ DarkBay \ 2001 \ Fabriano x Weltruhm
FRA
66.383 66.064 65.426 68.830 65.213 68.085 63.723 66.246
Karen  Tebar
Gerhild & Willy & Karen Tebar Schetter
( 21 ) ( 15 ) ( 18 ) ( 12 ) ( 16 ) ( 12 ) ( 22 )
16 516 Soraya II – HANN
M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Sandro Hit x Donnerhall
FIN
67.553 63.511 67.447 66.702 66.064 64.787 63.298 65.623
Stella  Hagelstam
Stella Hagelstam
( 15 ) ( 22 ) ( 14 ) ( 15 ) ( 11 ) ( 19 ) ( 25 )
17 502 Lucy´s Day – RHEIN
M \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ La Poco x Donnerschlag
AUT
67.128 67.128 65.532 63.617 65.957 64.468 64.894 65.532
Karin  Kosak
Karin Kosak
( 17 ) ( 14 ) ( 17 ) ( 23 ) ( 12 ) ( 22 ) ( 16 )
18 558 Gb Cazzago C – CH
G \ Bay \ 1997 \ Campari M x Kolyma
SUI
67.340 64.787 65.106 65.638 64.574 66.170 64.681 65.471
Melanie  Hofmann
Hofmann Melanie
( 16 ) ( 19 ) ( 19 ) ( 18 ) ( 20 ) ( 16 ) ( 17 )
19 507 Le Beau – OLDBG
G \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Le Coeur x Classiker
BEL
68.298 64.574 64.362 66.170 65.213 66.064 64.255 65.106
Philippe  Jorissen
Philippe Jorissen
( 13 ) ( 30 ) ( 23 ) ( 17 ) ( 16 ) ( 17 ) ( 20 )
20 552 der Clou – HANN
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ De Niro
POR
66.915 63.191 66.702 63.191 65.106 66.277 64.255 65.091
Filipe  Canelas
Maria Julia Nascimento Costa
( 18 ) ( 23 ) ( 16 ) ( 25 ) ( 18 ) ( 15 ) ( 20 )
21 539 Rimbeau – ZWEIB
G \ Chestnut \ 1999 \ Royal Diamond x Westrich
LUX
66.170 65.426 64.681 62.766 64.255 62.979 67.021 64.757
Isabelle  Costantini
Costantini Isabelle
( 23 ) ( 18 ) ( 22 ) ( 27 ) ( 21 ) ( 25 ) ( 9 )
22 561 Fleetwood – WESTF
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x Bormio xx
SWE
65.745 64.043 64.362 65.106 63.617 64.787 65.532 64.742
Malin  Hamilton
Malin Hamilton
( 24 ) ( 20 ) ( 23 ) ( 20 ) ( 22 ) ( 19 ) ( 13 )
23 554 World Performance Washington – HANN
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Wolkenstein x Windhuk
POR
66.809 64.043 64.894 65.638 61.915 63.298 63.298 64.271
Luis  Principe
Luis Principe
( 19 ) ( 20 ) ( 21 ) ( 18 ) ( 23 ) ( 24 ) ( 25 )
24 565 Parish – UKR
S \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Iris
UKR
66.383 62.553 65.000 64.894 60.957 61.489 65.532 63.830
Svetlana  Kiseliova
Kovshov Yurii
( 21 ) ( 26 ) ( 20 ) ( 21 ) ( 28 ) ( 29 ) ( 13 )
25 550 Salmag With You – HANN
M \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Weltregent H x Donnerwetter
POL
63.723 65.532 62.340 64.149 60.319 64.574 63.723 63.480
Zaneta  Skowronska
Andrzej Salacki & Jan Nowak
( 27 ) ( 17 ) ( 29 ) ( 22 ) ( 31 ) ( 21 ) ( 22 )
26 535 Beldonwelt – SI
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ De Niro x Weltmeyer
ITA
63.085 62.021 62.979 63.511 61.489 64.255 63.404 62.964
Federica  Scolari
Guerino Boglioni
( 30 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 25 ) ( 23 ) ( 24 )
27 538 Flamenco R – WESTF
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1997 \ Florestan I x Romanow
LUX
64.362 63.085 63.511 60.957 60.213 61.596 62.553 62.325
Gaston  Chelius
Niedner Claude
( 25 ) ( 24 ) ( 26 ) ( 31 ) ( 32 ) ( 28 ) ( 27 )
28 555 Khorovod – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Khodar
RUS
63.511 63.085 63.298 62.447 61.596 60.851 60.851 62.234
Tatiana  Dorofeeva
Mr.Repkin Viktor
( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 27 ) ( 28 ) ( 24 ) ( 31 ) ( 29 )
29 536 Harmonia – PHBA
M \ Bay \ 1999 \ Lord Alexander x Hars
ITA
63.085 62.234 63.723 61.170 60.745 61.702 60.638 61.900
Ester  Soldi
Soldi Ester
( 30 ) ( 27 ) ( 25 ) ( 30 ) ( 29 ) ( 27 ) ( 30 )
30 532 Sydney – HOLST
M \ Bay \ 1999 \ Linaro x Calypso II
IRL
63.830 61.064 61.277 63.085 60.638 61.489 61.489 61.839
Dane  Rawlins
Dame Pauline Harris & Dane Rawlins
( 26 ) ( 31 ) ( 32 ) ( 26 ) ( 30 ) ( 29 ) ( 28 )
31 546 Tailormade Akon Askelund – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Akinos x Pari-Ace Dane
NOR
63.404 59.149 61.915 62.021 61.489 62.340 59.362 61.383
Ellen Birgitte  Farbrot
Tailormade Horses aps
( 29 ) ( 32 ) ( 30 ) ( 29 ) ( 25 ) ( 26 ) ( 31 )
32 527 Dv Stenkjers Nadonna – DWB
M \ Chestnut \ 1998 \ Donnerschlag
GBR
62.766 61.702 61.809 60.532 61.383 59.043 58.830 60.866
Gareth  Hughes
Jane Brewin
( 32 ) ( 29 ) ( 31 ) ( 32 ) ( 27 ) ( 32 ) ( 32 )