Carl Hester & Wanadoo Win Saumur CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
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SAUMUR, France, Sept. 26, 2015–Great Britain’s Carl Hester rode Wanadoor to victory in the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday night in only the second international event for the pair.
Carl and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 76.750 per cent for the win, close to the 76.975 per cent for the Olympic team gold medal rider and Wanadoo in their debut Freestyle at Hartpury England two months ago. The victory now makes their CDI competition results three wins in four starts.
Anders Dahl of Denmark and Wie Atlantico placed second on 76.025 per cent, beating their previous best of 75.300 per cent posted at Doha in March and came a day after the pair won the Grand Prix here.
The result was also a career best for Wie Atlantico that began his Grand Prix career with Spanish Olympian Juan Matute in 2007, then was ridden by Anders’ wife, Fiona Bigwood on Great Britain’s silver medal team at the 2010 World Games in Kentucky and briefly by Carl Hester.
Fellow Dane Rikke Svane on Finckenstein TSF placed third on 75.000 per cent.