Beatriz Ferrer-Salat & Delgado Win Stuttgart Freestyle for Back-to-Back World Cup Victories
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STUTTGART, Germany, Nov. 21, 2015–Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado produced a personal best performance to win the German Masters Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday for back-to-back World Cup victories and moved the Spanish pair to within one point of the top of the Western European League.
The Spanish European Championship individual bronze medal partnership produced more of the “magic formula” to score 83.300 per cent and hold off a powerful ride by Isabell Werth on Don Johnson FRH that earned the German superstar 82.975 per cent, their highest score in almost three years.
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Unee BB was awarded 80.150 per cent to place third, the same position for the German duo as at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas last April.
The victory for Beatriz and the 14-year-old Westfalen gelding was their fourth straight, having won the Grand Prix Friday and both the World Cup Freestyle and Grand Prix at Lyon, France three weeks ago where they also notched the previous best score of 82.975 per cent.
Marks from four of the five judges on Saturday were well above 80 per cent, the highest being 86.375 per cent, but with one award of 78.875 per cent.
Beatriz has indicated she and Delgado will take a break until next year before resuming the campaign for a start at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden at the end of March.
The 14 starts for the pair since March this year–eight of them victories–is as many as the duo compiled in the previous four years of their Grand Prix career and has catapaulted the pair to No. 7 in the world.
A succession of injuries to Delgado (De Niro x Weltmeyer) took the horse out of competition frequently. But Beatriz, the World Games individual bronze medalist in her homeland in 2002, persisted until she found what she describes as the “magic formula” of new treatments that brought a rehabilitated Delgado back into the show ring in March this year.
After three of nine competitions in the 2015/16 Western European League World Cup series, the top of the standings are:
1. KRINKE SUSMELJ, Marcela SUI 41
2. FERRER – SALAT, Beatriz ESP 40
3. KITTEL, Patrik SWE 37
4. VON BREDOW-WERNDL, Jessica GER 32
5. LOGUTENKOVA, Inna UKR 30
(Complete standings – WC_WEL_Dressur_Stuttgart)