Charlotte Dujardin & Uthopia Win, Carl Hester & Nip Tuck 2nd at London Olympia World Cup Grand Prix

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Charlotte Dujardin and Uthopia. File photo © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Uthopia. File photo © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LONDON, Dec. 15, 2015–Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin rode Uthopia to a personal best score to win the Olympia World Cup Grand Prix Tuesday with the stallion’s former rider, Carl Hester on Nip Tuck runner-up.

Charlotte and the 14-year-old KWPN scored 77.460 per cent in the first competition for the pair in 18 months. The previous best for Charlotte and Uthopia, was 76.960 per cent at Windsor, England in May, 2014, the last CDI for the duo before this event.

Carl and Nip Tuck, the 11-year-old KWPN gelding that he rode for Great Britain on silver medal teams at both the 2014 World Games and this year’s European Championships, was awarded 76.660 per cent for second.

Dutch Olympian Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Flirt was third on 76.120 per cent in the sixth of nine World Cup Western European League events to qualify for the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden Mar. 23-28.

The Freestyle that decides points to qualify for the Final of the annual world championships is scheduled for Wednesday.

Olympia is Charlotte’s first World Cup event for the 2015/16 season. She has taken the title at the last two World Cup Finals on Valegro, her Olympic gold medal mount.

This was also her fifth straight victory in Olympia’s opening night Grand Prix.

“It was quite a risk to come here and you couldn’t do that with many horses,” Charlotte said, “but he has the best temperament in the world and I am over the moon to win.

“It was also nice to bring another horse, take the pressure off Valegro and give another horse a chance.”

Charlotte first took over the ride on Uthopia in 2013 after Carl Hester, her coach and part-owner of the horse, had competed the KWPN stallion for three years.

Carl rode Uthopia on Great Britain’s team that won gold at the 2012 Olympics and the 2011 European Championships, twice notching Grand Prix scores above 80 per cent. He took back the ride for the 2013 Europeans.

Charlotte rode Valegro, also part-owned by Carl, in those championships.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix (E) (H) (C) (M) (B) Total
1. 5 Uthopia Dujardin, Charlotte GBR 2700.00 GBR 389.5 391.0 385.5 381.5 389.0 1936.5 points show score sheet
bay 14y.S /Metall/Inspekteur/KWPN/GBR40907/ Mr Carl Hester & Mrs Sasha Stewart 77.900 % 78.200 % 77.100 % 76.300 % 77.800 % 77.460 %
1. 1. 1. 3. 1.
2. 7 Nip Tuck Hester, Carl GBR 2000.00 GBR 387.0 385.0 375.0 391.5 378.0 1916.5 points show score sheet
bay 11y.G /Don Ruto/Animo/KWPN/102UB47/ Mr C Hester, Miss Jane de la Mare 77.400 % 77.000 % 75.000 % 78.300 % 75.600 % 76.660 %
2. 2. 2. 2. 3.
3. 10 Glock’s Flirt Minderhoud, Hans Peter NED 1300.00 GBR 380.5 374.0 371.0 394.0 383.5 1903.0 points show score sheet
chest 14y.S /Florestan/Gauguin de Lully/CH/103DD24/ Ing. Gaston Glock 76.100 % 74.800 % 74.200 % 78.800 % 76.700 % 76.120 %
3. 3. 3. 1. 2.
4. 16 Paridon Magi Vilhelmson Silfven, Tinne SWE 1000.00 GBR 366.0 366.5 365.0 368.0 362.5 1828.0 points show score sheet
bay 12y.G /Don Primero 981/Napoleon 625/SWB/102QX23/ Lövsta Stuteri Ab 73.200 % 73.300 % 73.000 % 73.600 % 72.500 % 73.120 %
5. 5. 4. 4. 5.
5. 8 Jojo Az Kirk Thinggaard, Agnete DEN 900.00 GBR 368.5 359.5 355.0 362.5 365.5 1811.0 points show score sheet
bay 12y.G /Ginus/Justboy/103KA01/ Julianelyst Aps 73.700 % 71.900 % 71.000 % 72.500 % 73.100 % 72.440 %
4. 6. 6. 5. 4.
6. 13 Bonzanjo van Silfhout, Diederik NED 800.00 GBR 360.5 368.0 353.5 358.5 355.5 1796.0 points show score sheet
chest 9y.G /Jazz/Contango/KWPN/104EN90/ De Dalhoeve, Alex En Jannet van Sil 72.100 % 73.600 % 70.700 % 71.700 % 71.100 % 71.840 %
7. 4. 7. 6. 7.
7. 15 Tiamo Verwimp, Jorinde BEL 700.00 GBR 358.0 356.0 342.5 351.0 357.5 1765.0 points show score sheet
bay 15y.S /Lester/Hemmingway/KWPN/103CA97/ Verwimp 71.600 % 71.200 % 68.500 % 70.200 % 71.500 % 70.600 %
8. 7. 11. 10. 6.
8. 6 Rubin Al Asad Griffith, Lara GBR 300.00 GBR 353.5 352.0 348.5 352.5 355.0 1761.5 points show score sheet
bay 13y.G /Rubin Royal/HANN/102VC47/ Dr W & Mrs U Bechtolsheimer 70.700 % 70.400 % 69.700 % 70.500 % 71.000 % 70.460 %
9. 8. 9. 8. 8.
8. 4 Wie-Atlantico de Ymas Dahl, Anders DEN 300.00 GBR 366.0 347.5 350.5 347.5 350.0 1761.5 points show score sheet
chest 16y.G /Wie Weltmeyer/Rondo/HANN/ESP03716/ Mrs P Bigwood & Mr A Dahl 73.200 % 69.500 % 70.100 % 69.500 % 70.000 % 70.460 %
5. 9. 8. 12. 9.
Other, non-placed competitors
10. 14 Annarico Verliefden, Fanny BEL 344.0 329.5 358.5 357.5 349.5 1739.0 points show score sheet
bay 10y.M /Lord Loxley/Havel/KWPN/103VJ44/ Fanny Verliefden 68.800 % 65.900 % 71.700 % 71.500 % 69.900 % 69.560 %
12. 12. 5. 7. 10.
11. 3 Batuta Carvalho, Goncalo POR 352.5 336.0 344.5 352.5 347.0 1732.5 points show score sheet
bay 9y.M /Quixote/Icaro/103CG41/ Ishi – Intern. Sport Horses Investm 70.500 % 67.200 % 68.900 % 70.500 % 69.400 % 69.300 %
10. 10. 10. 8. 11.
12. 9 Don Gregorius Logutenkova, Inna UKR 350.0 335.5 336.5 349.5 346.5 1718.0 points show score sheet
black 13y.S /Don Cardinale/Placido/OLDBG/UKR40057/ Llc Vian – Group 70.000 % 67.100 % 67.300 % 69.900 % 69.300 % 68.720 %
11. 11. 12. 11. 12.
13. 11 Santurion de Massa Pinto, Daniel POR 329.0 318.0 321.5 328.5 336.0 1633.0 points show score sheet
bay 9y.S /Munchhausen/Estoiro/103YD95/ Syndicat Santurion 65.800 % 63.600 % 64.300 % 65.700 % 67.200 % 65.320 %
14. 14. 13. 14. 13.
14. 12 Vancouver K Reynolds, Judy IRL 327.0 315.5 318.0 330.0 327.5 1618.0 points show score sheet
bay 13y.G /Jazz/Ferro/KWPN/IRL40808/ Joe & Kathleen Reynolds 65.400 % 63.100 % 63.600 % 66.000 % 65.500 % 64.720 %
15. 15. 15. 13. 14.
15. 17 Rubins Nite Watson-Greaves, Hayley GBR 331.5 314.5 319.0 312.0 325.0 1602.0 points show score sheet
black 11y.G /Rubin-Royal/Limbo/BHHS/103RB72/ Hayley Watson – Greaves 66.300 % 62.900 % 63.800 % 62.400 % 65.000 % 64.080 %
13. 16. 14. 16. 15.
16. 1 Warlocks Charm Andersen, Henriette GBR 310.0 328.5 312.0 322.0 318.5 1591.0 points show score sheet
chest 12y.G /Jazz/Farrington/KWPN/103LO57/ Henriette Andersen & Jennifer Charl 62.000 % 65.700 % 62.400 % 64.400 % 63.700 % 63.640 %
16. 13. 16. 15. 16.
Data of competition:
 Judges: (E)  Stephen Clarke (GBR)  Total prize  10000 GBR
(H)  Isabelle Judet (FRA)
(C)  Thomas Lang (AUT)
(M)  Andrew Gardner (GBR)
(B)  Susanne Baarup (DEN)