Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro Win Gold at European Championships Grand Prix Special in Comedy of Errors

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Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro with the gold medal for the European Championship Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro with the gold medal for the European Championship Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HERNING, Denmark, Aug. 23–Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro added to their trove of gold when the pair won the European Championship Grand Prix Special Friday in a comedy of errors by going off course as Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW who took silver and Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival claiming bronze did the same thing.

The British rider and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding scored 85.699 per cent, surpassing their 83.286 per cent at the Olympic Games in London a year ago despite the error that led a deduction of 14 points–two from each of the seven judges–and it did not become a factor in her overall total of 2,879.5 points that included 22 marks of 10.

Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and her Olympic team silver medal mount Damon Hill rode right before the British pair and electrified the sold-out stadium that seats 10,000 spectators by racking up three marks of 10 before the error of course and then notched another 10 10s by the end for a score of 84.330 per cent.

Adelinde and Jerich Parzival, the 16-year-old KWPN gelding on which she is ranked No. 1 in the world, came two rides later and when she, too, went off course the spectators burst into laughter in disbelief that three of the world’s top combinations could make such mistakes but she took it in stride and notched 81.548 per cent for third place.

Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro showing how she felt about going off course as did all three medalists in the European Championship Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro showing how she felt about going off course as did all three medalists in the European Championship Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The three medalists were the only combinations to break the 80 per cent barrier and the score for Helen and the 13-year-old Westfalen stallion was a personal best in what appears to be an upward trajectory of results since the pair began their Grand Prix together at the end of 2010.

The errors of course might have warranted only a footnote had it not been for all three making a mistake that no one can remember ocurring in the past at a championship and it did not take away from the high quality of the sport in a packed soccer stadium on an unseasonably warm and sunny day.

Guess what Helen Langehanenberg says after she goes off course in the European Championships Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Guess what Helen Langehanenberg says after she goes off course in the European Championships Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival who joked about her going off course as she did at the Europeans in Rotterdam two years ago and won gold then. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival who joked about her going off course as she did at the Europeans in Rotterdam two years ago and won gold then. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The trio shared group hugs, jokes and tears at the awards ceremony and the post-competition news conference.

Asked what happened in going off course, Charlotte replied simply: “I don’t know.”

Heading to the warm up arena before the competition she asked Patrik Kittel of Sweden about his ride on Toy Story and he told her, “Not good. I went wrong.” She went into the arena knowing at that stage that Helen had gone off course.

When she made a mistake, she said, “the whole crowd erupted. It was difficult to pull myself back together because the people were making so much noise. I know I had to forget I’d gone wrong, there was no room for error. I knew I knew was in big trouble with Carl (Hester, her coach and part owner of Valegro). I knew I’d be really murdered.”

Asked whether she was more afraid about the mistake costing her the gold medal or Carl, she did not hesitate: “Definitely Carl.”

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro on their final centerline for the European Championship Grand Special gold medal. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro on their final centerline for the European Championship Grand Special gold medal. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
 She said it was very hard after the Olympics, “he is my best friend and I never expected to be able to ride him in a championship again so this is huge for me.”

Helen Langehanenberg said she was so focused and was thinking only of the ride when she heard the bell–“no, no, no.”

Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Adelinde recalled that she won gold at the European Championships in Rotterdam in 2011. “I figured I’d do this again. Then a couple ahead of me figured it out so just to be sporty I did the same thing.”

Asked about the relationship with her horse, Adelinde said: “I never get emotional… ” then started sobbing. Charlotte say next to her and gave her a hug and she, too, got teary eyed as did several other people in the crowded news conference.

Adelinde Cornelissen who said she was with happy with her bronze medal because she thought she might never be able to ride Jerich Parzival again after being diagnosed with a heart condition. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Adelinde Cornelissen who said she was with happy with her bronze medal because she thought she might never be able to ride Jerich Parzival again after being diagnosed with a heart condition. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Edward Gal made a remarkable recovery on Glock’s Undercover after a disastrous start to their ride, the last in the Grand Prix Special.

The scoreboard speaks for itself. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The scoreboard speaks for itself. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The score climbed to the extent that the pair placed fourth on 79.476 per cent.

 

Edward Gal and Glock's Undercover concentrating on recovering from a bad start in the European Championship Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover concentrating on recovering from a bad start in the European Championship Grand Prix Special. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The top 30 horses and riders from the Nations Cup Grand Prix competition on Thursday–won by Germany, with the Netherlands on silver and Great Britain bronze–started in the Special. Fifteen will move on to the Freestyle on Sunday.

Results of Grand Prix Special:

Judge K: Francis Verbeek-van Rooij (NED) Judge E: Gustaf Svalling (SWE) Judge H: Susie Hoevenaars (AUS) Judge C: Isabelle Judet (FRA) Judge M: Leif Törnblad (DEN) Judge B: Andrew Gardner (GBR) Judge F: Dietrich Plewa (GER)

Rank CNR HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
EUR K E H C M B F Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 524 Valegro – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Negro x Gerschwin
GBR
10000 84.792 85.000 84.792 85.104 87.917 87.708 84.583 85.699
Charlotte  Dujardin
Mrs R Luard Mr C Hester
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
2 528 Damon Hill NRW – WESTF
S \ DarkChestnut \ 2000 \ Donnerhall x Rubinstein I
GER
7500 84.688 83.125 83.021 86.563 83.125 85.208 84.583 84.330
Helen  Langehanenberg
Christian Becks
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 )
3 542 Jerich Parzival – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 1997 \ Jazz x Ulft
NED
5300 82.083 81.354 81.458 80.625 85.000 80.625 79.688 81.548
Adelinde  Cornelissen
W.P.J. Cornelissen / M.A. Cornelissen
( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 )
4 543 Glock´s Undercover – KWPN
G \ Black \ 2001 \ Ferro x Donnerhall
NED
3000 79.792 77.083 82.188 81.354 78.646 81.146 76.146 79.479
Edward  Gal
Ghpc Holding Bv
( 4 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 3 ) ( 6 )
5 530 Desperados FRH – HANN
S \ Black \ 2001 \ De Niro x Wolkenstein II
GER
1500 79.375 77.396 79.271 80.625 78.958 80.729 79.063 79.345
Kristina  Sprehe
Paul & Albert Gestüt Sprehe GmbH; Sprehe
( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 4 )
6 526 Uthopia – KWPN
S \ Bay \ 2001 \ Metall x Inspekteur
GBR
900 79.271 76.771 81.563 80.104 77.708 78.542 75.521 78.497
Carl  Hester
Mr Carl Hester & Mrs Sasha Stewart
( 6 ) ( 7 ) ( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 )
7 510 Donnperignon – FWB
G \ DarkChestnut \ 1999 \ Donnerhall x Mozart II79
DEN
900 76.563 76.042 77.396 79.688 74.583 75.938 76.563 76.682
Anna  Kasprzak
Kasprzak Family
( 10 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 ) ( 8 ) ( 5 )
8 564 Don Auriello – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Don Davidoff x White Star
SWE
900 76.875 76.875 76.667 77.917 74.792 76.042 74.375 76.220
Tinne  Vilhelmson-Silfven
Lövsta Stuteri / Antonia Ax:son Johnson
( 9 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 13 )
9 529 D´Agostino 5 – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ De Niro x Shogun xx
GER
78.125 74.896 75.313 75.625 76.250 75.417 75.104 75.818
Fabienne  Lütkemeier
Gina Capellmann-Lütkemeier
( 7 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 7 ) ( 9 ) ( 11 )
10 503 Augustin OLD – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ August der Starke x Rohdiamant
AUT
76.979 75.000 74.896 74.271 74.063 74.896 75.729 75.119
Victoria  Max-Theurer
Elisabeth Max-Theurer, Schloss Achleiten
( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 10 ) ( 7 )
11 512 Digby – DWB
G \ DarkBay \ 1997 \ Donnerhall x Sandro
DEN
74.271 72.188 74.375 73.958 73.542 72.500 75.313 73.735
Nathalie zu  Sayn-Wittgenstein
Dr. M. Siebert, R. White Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein
( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 ) ( 9 )
12 544 Kingsley Siro – KWPN
G \ Black \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Hemmingway
NED
75.104 71.458 72.604 73.021 73.125 72.396 75.208 73.274
Danielle  Heijkoop
D.Heykoop & T.E.G.van Grunsven & J.J.v.Verseveld
( 11 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 15 ) ( 15 ) ( 10 )
13 545 Glock´s Romanov – OLDBG
S \ Bay \ 2000 \ Rohdiamant x Grundstein II
NED
73.438 74.375 73.021 72.188 72.396 73.229 74.063 73.244
Hans Peter  Minderhoud
Glock´s Holding BV
( 16 ) ( 11 ) ( 13 ) ( 15 ) ( 16 ) ( 12 ) ( 14 )
14 525 Half Moon Delphi – HANN
M \ Grey \ 2002 \ Dimaggio x West Wall
GBR
74.896 71.042 71.771 70.938 73.333 73.958 74.063 72.857
Michael  Eilberg
Mr Jon And Mrs Julie Deverill
( 12 ) ( 17 ) ( 19 ) ( 21 ) ( 13 ) ( 11 ) ( 14 )
15 563 Santana – HANN
S \ Black \ 2001 \ Sandro Hit x Rubinstein I
SWE
74.688 70.625 72.500 72.083 73.229 71.250 73.646 72.574
Minna  Telde
Minna Telde AB / Berit Telde
( 13 ) ( 19 ) ( 17 ) ( 16 ) ( 14 ) ( 21 ) ( 16 )
16 506 Donnerfee – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 2000 \ De Niro x Rosenkavalier
BEL
73.021 72.708 71.042 73.854 71.667 72.708 71.042 72.292
Claudia  Fassaert
Dirk Hooghe-Verhoeven
( 21 ) ( 13 ) ( 22 ) ( 13 ) ( 21 ) ( 13 ) ( 24 )
17 562 Toy Story – SWB
G \ Bay \ 2000 \ Come Back II x Concorde
SWE
73.542 71.563 73.646 71.771 70.625 72.188 71.771 72.158
Patrik  Kittel
Patrik Kittel, Carol & Andrew Oately
( 15 ) ( 15 ) ( 12 ) ( 18 ) ( 25 ) ( 17 ) ( 20 )
18 559 Smeyers Molberg – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Michellino x Rambo
SUI
72.604 70.938 71.146 74.167 72.396 70.833 72.188 72.039
Marcela  Krinke Susmelj
Meyer Irene + Krinke Susmelj Marcela
( 23 ) ( 18 ) ( 21 ) ( 11 ) ( 16 ) ( 22 ) ( 18 )
19 553 Rubi – LUS
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Batial x Xaquiro
POR
72.813 69.375 72.708 71.667 73.958 71.875 71.146 71.935
Gonçalo  Carvalho
Christine Jacoberger
( 22 ) ( 22 ) ( 14 ) ( 19 ) ( 11 ) ( 19 ) ( 23 )
20 531 Don Johnson FRH – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Don Frederico x Warkant
GER
73.125 67.917 72.604 70.833 72.188 71.979 74.583 71.890
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
( 20 ) ( 25 ) ( 15 ) ( 22 ) ( 18 ) ( 18 ) ( 12 )
21 537 Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno – SI
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Rohdiamant x Weltmeyer
ITA
71.563 72.813 71.875 71.979 70.833 71.667 72.083 71.830
Valentina  Truppa
a.s.d.centro equestre monferrato
( 25 ) ( 12 ) ( 18 ) ( 17 ) ( 22 ) ( 20 ) ( 19 )
22 514 Grandioso – PRE
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Adelante x Sevillano IX
ESP
73.229 70.313 70.833 71.146 70.833 70.625 71.563 71.220
Jose Daniel  Martin Dockx
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx
( 18 ) ( 20 ) ( 23 ) ( 20 ) ( 22 ) ( 23 ) ( 21 )
23 509 Akeem Foldager – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Akinos x Loran
DEN
73.333 68.750 68.854 69.688 72.188 72.292 72.708 71.116
Andreas  Helgstrand
Patricia Florin
( 17 ) ( 23 ) ( 27 ) ( 24 ) ( 18 ) ( 16 ) ( 17 )
24 513 Norte Lovera – PRE
S \ Grey \ 2000 \ Cortesano VII x Aquiles III
ESP
73.229 66.875 71.458 69.583 70.729 68.125 71.250 70.179
José Antonio  Garcia Mena
Miguel Lovera Garcia
( 18 ) ( 27 ) ( 20 ) ( 25 ) ( 24 ) ( 26 ) ( 22 )
25 511 Fitou L – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x May Sherif
DEN
71.875 66.875 70.208 70.208 70.208 69.792 70.729 69.985
Lone Bang  Larsen
Lone Bang Larsen
( 24 ) ( 27 ) ( 25 ) ( 23 ) ( 26 ) ( 24 ) ( 26 )
26 548 Fernandez – WESTF
G \ Chestnut \ 2000 \ Florestan x Weinburg
NOR
68.854 68.021 70.313 69.271 71.771 68.021 68.542 69.256
Cathrine  Rasmussen
Cathrine Rasmussen, Christopher Bredstrup Rasmussen
( 27 ) ( 24 ) ( 24 ) ( 27 ) ( 20 ) ( 27 ) ( 27 )
27 504 Fabriano 58 – WESTF
S \ Bay \ 1999 \ Florestan I x Angelo XX
AUT
68.333 67.917 69.688 68.958 69.688 69.271 70.833 69.241
Renate  Voglsang
Renate Voglsang
( 29 ) ( 25 ) ( 26 ) ( 28 ) ( 27 ) ( 25 ) ( 25 )
28 519 Jojo Az – HSH
G \ DarkBay \ 2003 \ Ginus x Justboy
FIN
69.688 66.250 67.813 68.958 68.646 67.083 67.500 67.991
Henri  Ruoste
Joachim E. Arl
( 26 ) ( 29 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 ) ( 28 ) ( 30 ) ( 28 )
29 522 Riwera de Hus – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 2001 \ Welt Hit II
FRA
68.854 65.729 67.813 69.583 68.333 67.500 65.521 67.619
Jessica  Michel
Haras de Hus
( 27 ) ( 30 ) ( 28 ) ( 25 ) ( 29 ) ( 28 ) ( 29 )
30 520 Noble Dream Concept Sol – OLDBG
M \ Black \ 2002 \ Caprimond
FRA
66.146 70.000 66.771 66.250 66.354 67.292 65.417 66.890
Marc  Boblet
Laura Dallara -Jean-Louis Dallara – Caty Dallara
( 30 ) ( 21 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 30 ) ( 29 ) ( 30 )