Denmark Wins Hickstead Nations Cup, Believed to be Nation’s First Team Victory

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Winning Danish team of Ulrik Moelgaard on Michigan, Rikke Svane on Finckenstein TSF and Anders Dahl on Wie Atlantico de Ymas at Hickstead Nations Cup. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Winning Danish team of Ulrik Moelgaard on Michigan, Rikke Svane on Finckenstein TSF and Anders Dahl on Wie Atlantico de Ymas at Hickstead Nations Cup. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HICKSTEAD, England, Aug. 2, 2014–Denmark with the minimum of three horses and riders won what is believed to be their first ever dressage Nations Cup Saturday, beating Great Britain on their home turf in the final of the six-event transatlantic pilot series for 2014.

Sweden was third, the United States fourth and Germany fifth at the Dressage at Hickstead event that counted results from both the Grand Prix and the Special. The overall series was won by the Netherlands with 43 points, followed by Sweden on 42, Denmark third on 36 with Germany, Great Britain and the U.S. tied in fourth place on 26 points.

Olympic gold medal winner Carl Hester won the Grand Prix Special on Dances With Wolves with 71.992 per cent but Fine Time was his team horse and scored 70.961 per cent for fifth place after winning the Grand Prix a day earlier.

Lisa Wilcox of the United States on Denzello was second on 71.608 per cent, that was a personal best Grand Prix Special score for the Loxahatchee, Florida resident at the same show grounds where she placed second in the open European Championships 11 years ago on the stallion Relevant. Sweden’s Juliette Ramel on Ten Points placed third with 71.392 per cent.

Lisa Wilcox on Denzello celebrating her placing in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special at Hickstead. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lisa Wilcox on Denzello celebrating her placing in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special at Hickstead. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Danish happened because Anders Dahl, who like Ulrik Moelgaard lives in England, convinced Rikke Svane to overcome her worry about driving on the left side of the road make her first visit to Hickstead.

For Anders, it was only the second Grand Prix Special he rode on Wie Atlantico, preferring to ride the Freestyle since the pair began competing together 15 months ago.

Denmark's Rikke Svane on Finckenstein TSF, the top finishing combination in the Grand Prix Special for her Nations Cup team. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Denmark’s Rikke Svane on Finckenstein TSF, the top finishing combination in the Grand Prix Special for her Nations Cup team. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

For 25-year-old Lara Griffith on Andretti H, the former mount of Laura Tomlinson, this was her first senior team competition for Great Britain.

She was excited to have come as far as she has since Laura turned over the Hanoverian gelding for her to start competing at international events less than a year ago.

The horse is now 19 years old and the pair have been named as a team reserve for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France later this month.

Carl Hester said Fine Time was “fairly near the top of his game” and he was happy with the horse’s performance.

Nations Cup Results:

Team Rider Horse Total Average Top 3 – Place

DEN
420.307 140.102 – 1
RIKKE SVANE FINCKENSTEIN TSF 139.736
ULRIK MOELGAARD MICHIGAN 139.588
ANDERS DAHL WIE ATLANTICO DE YMAS 140.983
   

GBR
418.049 139.350 – 2
NIKKI CRISP PASOA 134.809
LARA GRIFFITHS `ANDRETTI H 137.256
MICHAEL EILBERG MARAKOV 136.191
CARL HESTER FINE TIME 13 144.601

SWE
415.984 138.661 – 3
JULIETTE RAMEL TEN POINTS 138.172
CHARLOTTE HAID BONDERGAARD TRVIANT 2 138.127
MALIN HAMILTON FLEETWOOD 138.902
MADS HENDELIO WITZ JIMMY CHOO SEQ 138.910

USA
414.611 138.204 – 4
SUSAN DUTTA CURRENCY DC 131.738
BRIAN HAFNER LOMBARDO LHF 139.075
KATHERINE BATESON CHANDLER WELLNETTA 137.109
LISA WILCOX DENZELLO 138.428

GER
402.927 134.309 – 5
KATHARINA BIRKENHOLZ DON ANDROSSO 134.466
BERNADETTE BRUNE SPIRIT OF THE AGEOLD 132.724
STEFANIE WEIHERMULLER WUNDERKIND 135.737
   

Grand Prix Special
Judges-E: J Van Daele H: I Summanen C: G Svalling M: I Maknami B: J. Campos Scriban

Percentage (Rank)
Rank Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1 CARL HESTER
GBRFEI ID 10011469
DANCES WITH WOLVES
FEI ID 103DH18
72.549%
(3)
70.196%
(10)
71.569%
(1)
73.235%
(1)
72.059%
(3)
71.922%
2 LISA WILCOX
USAFEI ID 10011391
DENZELLO
FEI ID 103XJ85
72.549%
(3)
73.235%
(1)
71.078%
(3)
72.157%
(4)
69.020%
(13)
71.608%
3 JULIETTE RAMEL
SWEFEI ID 10019383
TEN POINTS
FEI ID SWE40514
71.373%
(7)
70.980%
(7)
70.980%
(4)
72.647%
(3)
70.980%
(6)
71.392%
4 RIKKE SVANE
DENFEI ID 10079528
FINCKENSTEIN TSF
FEI ID 103FA60
69.804%
(13)
72.059%
(3)
70.686%
(6)
72.745%
(2)
70.784%
(7)
71.216%
5 CARL HESTER
GBRFEI ID 10011469
FINE TIME 13
FEI ID GER43406
73.333%
(2)
69.412%
(15)
70.098%
(9)
70.392%
(10)
71.569%
(5)
70.961%
6 ANDERS DAHL
DENFEI ID 10016382
WIE ATLANTICO DE YMAS
FEI ID ESP307
74.412%
(1)
68.725%
(16)
69.020%
(14)
70.196%
(12)
71.863%
(4)
70.843%
7 MADS HENDELIO WITZ
SWEFEI ID 10068316
WEIHENSTEPHANE
FEI ID 102YK53
70.294%
(11)
72.157%
(2)
70.784%
(5)
71.176%
(8)
69.216%
(11)
70.725%
8 CHARLOTTE HAID BONDERGAARD
SWEFEI ID 10031947
TRVIANT 2
FEI ID GER41659
70.098%
(12)
71.078%
(6)
70.686%
(6)
72.059%
(5)
69.216%
(11)
70.627%
9 ULRIK MOELGAARD
DENFEI ID 10079468
MICHIGAN
FEI ID 102UC82
71.569%
(6)
69.804%
(14)
68.824%
(15)
70.588%
(9)
72.157%
(2)
70.588%
10 MADS HENDELIO WITZ
SWEFEI ID 10068316
JIMMY CHOO SEQ
FEI ID 103LX55
70.392%
(10)
71.275%
(5)
71.373%
(2)
71.275%
(6)
68.137%
(17)
70.490%
11 BRIAN HAFNER
USAFEI ID 10032108
LOMBARDO LHF
FEI ID USA41057
69.412%
(17)
70.098%
(11)
68.235%
(16)
70.098%
(13)
73.529%
(1)
70.275%
12 STEFANIE WEIHERMULLER
GERFEI ID 10032522
WUNDERKIND
FEI ID 103DC80
69.510%
(15)
71.961%
(4)
69.706%
(11)
70.000%
(14)
69.510%
(10)
70.137%
13 MALIN HAMILTON
SWEFEI ID 10048035
FLEETWOOD
FEI ID SWE40906
71.078%
(8)
70.490%
(9)
68.235%
(16)
69.706%
(16)
70.098%
(8)
69.922%
14 BERNADETTE BRUNE
GERFEI ID 10000842
SPIRIT OF THE AGEOLD
FEI ID 103PE45
71.863%
(5)
70.098%
(11)
68.039%
(19)
71.275%
(6)
67.647%
(20)
69.784%
15 KATHERINE BATESON CHANDLER
USA
WELLNETTA
NRPSFEI ID 103UQ47
69.804%
(13)
69.902%
(13)
70.098%
(9)
70.000%
(14)
68.039%
(18)
69.569%
16 SAMANTHA THURMAN-BAKER
GBRFEI ID 1006549
SPRING PASCAL
FEI ID 102UB79
69.314%
(18)
70.686%
(8)
68.235%
(16)
68.824%
(21)
69.608%
(9)
69.333%
17 LARA GRIFFITHS
GBRFEI ID 10015853
`ANDRETTI H
FEI ID ITA08433
69.020%
(20)
67.941%
(18)
70.294%
(8)
70.294%
(11)
68.333%
(15)
69.176%
18 KATHARINA BIRKENHOLZ
GERFEI ID 10026339
DON ANDROSSO
FEI ID GER42209
69.510%
(15)
67.157%
(22)
69.412%
(12)
68.725%
(22)
68.725%
(14)
68.706%
19 HANNAH BIGGS
GBRFEI ID 10045461
WELTZIN
FEI ID GBR42668
70.980%
(9)
67.549%
(20)
67.745%
(20)
69.608%
(17)
67.255%
(22)
68.627%
20 MICHAEL EILBERG
GBRFEI ID 100455459
MARAKOV
FEI ID GBR42667
68.922%
(21)
67.647%
(19)
69.118%
(13)
68.431%
(23)
68.039%
(18)
68.431%
21 HAYLEY WATSON-GREAVES
GBRFEI ID 10088848
RUBINS NITE
FEI ID 103RB72
68.039%
(23)
68.333%
(17)
65.882%
(22)
69.118%
(18)
68.235%
(16)
67.922%
22 NIKKI CRISP
GBRFEI ID 10045617
PASOA 68.235%
(22)
67.255%
(21)
65.392%
(24)
69.118%
(18)
67.647%
(20)
67.529%
23 MORGAN MESTRE BARBANCON
ESPFEI ID 10028962
VITANA V
FEI ID 103CD42
69.216%
(19)
63.824%
(28)
65.686%
(23)
68.235%
(24)
67.157%
(23)
66.824%
24 LESLEY PEYTON GILBERT
GBRFEI ID 10093457
GARUDA K
FEI ID 103UT25
65.392%
(26)
66.176%
(25)
67.157%
(21)
66.569%
(26)
66.667%
(24)
66.392%
25 SUSAN DUTTA
USAFEI ID 10003416
CURRENCY DC
FEI ID USA10641
65.000%
(27)
66.667%
(23)
65.000%
(25)
67.451%
(25)
66.471%
(25)
66.118%
26 DANE RAWLINS
IRLFEI ID 10023774
SYDNEY
FEI ID GBR14528
65.980%
(24)
66.471%
(24)
64.902%
(26)
65.392%
(27)
64.608%
(26)
65.471%
27 HENRIETTE ANDERSON
GBRFEI ID 10016764
WARLOCKS CHARM
FEI ID 103LO57
65.490%
(25)
65.588%
(27)
60.588%
(30)
69.020%
(20)
63.627%
(27)
64.863%
28 ALICE OPPENHEIMER
GBRFEI ID 10057068
HEADMORE DELEGATE
FEI ID 103DS86
61.471%
(29)
66.176%
(25)
63.922%
(27)
64.608%
(28)
61.471%
(28)
63.529%
29 EMILY COUSINS
GBRFEI ID 10015842
SOLO BATCHELORETTE
FEI ID GBR4136
64.804%
(28)
62.647%
(29)
63.137%
(28)
64.118%
(29)
61.275%
(29)
63.196%
30 RHETT BIRD
GBRFEI ID 10010328
DONZELLO
FEI ID 102QU18
56.078%
(30)
61.569%
(30)
61.667%
(29)
61.275%
(30)
59.020%
(30)
59.922%
31 CAROLINE CHEW
SINFEI ID 10034877
LAVERNO S NRW
FEI ID GER24817
54.902%
(31)
61.471%
(31)
59.118%
(31)
60.882%
(31)
57.549%
(31)
58.784%