Carl Hester Declares World Games Stadium “Superb” After Gareth Hughes & DV Stenkjers Nadonna Take Caen CDI3* Grand Prix

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Gareth Hughes and DV Stenjkers Nadonna. © 2014 Kevin Sparrow
Gareth Hughes and DV Stenjkers Nadonna. © 2014 Kevin Sparrow

CAEN, France, June 23, 2014–Great Britain’s Gareth Hughes and DV Stenkjers Nadonna successfully tested the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games dressage competition arena Monday by capturing the stadium’s first equestrian event, the CDI3* Grand Prix, with a personal best score.

Carl Hester who rode his Nip Tuck to second place in the test event that will be followed later this week by the jumpers, declared the venue “superb” two months before the start of the Normandy Games.

“Fantastic stadium… hot, though,” Carl told dressage-news.com of the d’Ornano soccer stadium that has been converted to be the centerpiece of the WEG to host the Olympic disciplines of dressage, jumping and jumping phase of eventing.

“Footing excellent, stabling light and airy.

“Going to be superb.”

Gareth and the16-year-old Danish Warmblood mare owned by British equestrian photographer Kevin Sparrow and his wife, scored 72.757 per cent that eclipsed their previous best Grand Prix result of 72.213 per cent at Hickstead, England last year.

Team mates Carl and Nip Tuck placed second on 72.343 per cent with Denmark’s Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein third on 69.157 per cent.

The event was a test of both the physical competition facility and the infrastructure, including electronic scoring from the panel of seven judges–the same number as will make up the ground jury for the WEG itself.

The opinions of the riders, especially Carl and Nathalie, are critical for the organizers of the world championships held once every four years. Over the past 24 years, Carl has competed in four Olympics and two World Games while Nathalie has two Olympics and three world championships on her record.

Organizers had to wait until the soccer season was over to install the sand and fiber footing over the grass field of the stadium.

The 16 CDI3* dressage combinations from 10 nations were the first to compete on the new surface in the Grand Prix to be followed by the Grand Prix Special and the Freestyle Tuesday.

As many as 50 jumping athletes from 24 nations will compete after dressage on the same arena.

The d’Ornano Stadium is home to Ligue 1 football club Malherbe Caen but for the WEG will host the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing’s jumping phase and jumping.

Results:

GRAND PRIX

H : Joanne GRAHAM C : Susan HOEVENAARS      M : Anne-Marie SWENDEN-JOLY
E : Isabelle JUDET B : Natacha WADDEL
K : Wojtek MARKOWSKI F : Raphael SALEH
Rank Horse Rider Nat. % K % E % H % C % M % B % F % Total
1. DV STENKJERS NADONNA Gareth HUGHES  GBR 73.700
(1.)
75.500
(2.)
70.000
(1.)
74.500
(1.)
72.200
(2.)
70.900
(2.)
72.500
(1.)
72.757
2. NIP TUCK Carl HESTER  GBR 72.200
(2.)
76.200
(1.)
69.900
(2.)
71.900
(2.)
73.500
(1.)
71.800
(1.)
70.900
(2.)
72.343
3. FABIENNE Nathalie ZU SAYN – WITTGENSTEIN  DEN 68.900
(3.)
69.400
(3.)
68.600
(3.)
69.200
(3.)
70.300
(3.)
67.300
(3.)
70.400
(3.)
69.157
4. LUCIANO 182 Julia CHEVANNE  FRA 68.300
(4.)
65.100
(11.)
64.100
(9.)
68.500
(4.)
66.800
(6.)
65.900
(6.)
67.200
(4.)
66.557
5. EHRENDORF Alizee FROMENT  FRA 64.900
(8.)
65.300
(9.)
65.500
(6.)
66.100
(8.)
67.200
(4.)
66.400
(4.)
67.200
(4.)
66.086
6. DIAVOLO II DE LAUBRY Cristobal BELMONTE  ESP 65.800
(6.)
66.400
(7.)
67.400
(4.)
67.800
(5.)
65.400
(10.)
62.700
(12.)
66.700
(6.)
66.029
7. RIGOLETTO ROYAL CH Caroline HACKI  SUI 64.600
(10.)
68.000
(4.)
64.500
(7.)
65.800
(9.)
65.800
(9.)
66.000
(5.)
66.400
(7.)
65.871
8. LONG DRINK 2 Isabelle STEIDLE  GER 66.400
(5.)
65.300
(9.)
65.800
(5.)
67.300
(6.)
64.300
(11.)
63.700
(10.)
65.900
(8.)
65.529
9. CINCO DE MAYO Christian BRUHE  PLE 63.000
(13.)
67.100
(5.)
64.300
(8.)
65.000
(11.)
67.100
(5.)
64.300
(8.)
65.700
(9.)
65.214
10. MISTRAL DU COUSSOUL Alizee FROMENT  FRA 64.400
(11.)
65.500
(8.)
64.000
(10.)
66.400
(7.)
66.100
(7.)
63.800
(9.)
63.800
(11.)
64.857
11. WERVELWIND Denise HALLION  RSA 65.300
(7.)
63.600
(12.)
61.000
(13.)
63.300
(12.)
65.900
(8.)
64.400
(7.)
63.700
(12.)
63.886
12. @ HIERRO Lauro AGUILO MIQUEL  ESP 64.700
(9.)
67.000
(6.)
63.200
(11.)
65.500
(10.)
62.000
(14.)
58.900
(14.)
63.400
(13.)
63.529
13. ADELPRAG ANDERS 451 Chere BURGER  RSA 63.900
(12.)
63.100
(14.)
62.400
(12.)
62.100
(13.)
63.600
(12.)
62.800
(11.)
64.000
(10.)
63.129
14. SUNNY BOY Juan Antonio JIMENEZ ESP 61.500
(14.)
63.400
(13.)
59.900
(14.)
62.000
(14.)
63.200
(13.)
62.600
(13.)
63.300
(14.)
62.271
15. OCEANE DE MESILLE Constance MENARD  ISR 54.600
(15.)
56.900
(15.)
56.100
(15.)
57.900
(15.)
57.100
(15.)
58.500
(15.)
52.800
(15.)
56.271
Engagés / Starters : 15 Partis / Started : 15 EL / EL : 0 AB / WD : 0 NP / DNS : 0