Russia’s Inessa Merkulova & Mister X Win Tallinn World Cup Grand Prix

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Inessa Merkulova and Mister X. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Inessa Merkulova and Mister X. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

TALLINN, Estonia, Oct. 3, 2014–Inessa Merkulova rode the big-moving Mister X to a personal best score to win the World Cup Grand Prix Friday and log the sixth victory this year for the Russian pair.

Inessa and the 10-year-old Trakehner gelding scored 73.020 per cent for the win over Ukraine’s Inna Logutenkova on Don Gregorius with 70.040 per cent and Sweden’s Malin Hamilton on Fleetwood in third on 68.640 per cent.

The World Cup event is the sixth of seven shows in the Central European League in which the top two combinations will qualify for the final in Las Vegas next April.

The Grand Prix Freestyle scheduled for Saturday will decide points to be awarded to competitors. Inessa and Mister X with 20 points rank eighth on the CEL standings.

Results:

Grand Prix CDI-W

B: Wojtek Markowski M: Maja Stukelj C: Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode H: Tiina Karkkolainen E: Natalya Petukhova

Rank Rider Horse Prize money E H C M B
1 MISTER X Egeus Inessa Merkulova 500 73.6001 73.1001 70.7001 75.6001 72.1001 73.0201
2 DON GREGORIUS Don Cardinale – Placido LLC Vian-Group 400 72.1002 71.9002 68.6003 70.2002 67.4003 70.0402
3 FLEETWOOD Florestan I – Bormio xx Malin Hamilton 300 67.3006 70.3003 68.6003 69.4004 67.6002 68.6403
4 EDVIN Tip-Topp – Amiral 764 PD Ridsport Per Duvefeldt 200 68.1003 68.5004 68.0005 67.1006 64.4007 67.2204
5 KARTSEVO UPPERVILLE Cabochon – Creool Sonina Varvara & Bronnikova Nataliya 100 68.0004 64.9006 67.1006 70.0003 64.8005 66.9605
Not placed
6 LANDY S AKVAREL Landcruiser – Noble Champion Dina Ellermann & Genofen Ltd 66.9007 68.0005 65.3007 67.7005 64.5006 66.4806
7 WIZARD II Wetano – Allegretto Equiettan Ab 67.5005 63.2007 69.1002 66.2007 65.8004 66.3607
8 DORAZIO Kira Kanerva 64.4008 63.0008 62.3008 63.5008 60.9008 62.8208
9 MAUSER Master – Rex EN-R Sporthorses Oy & Meller A-L & Nordm 56.9009 58.2009 61.4009 61.3009 57.1009 58.9809