Ukraine’s Inna Logutenkova & Don Gregorius Awarded Personal Best Score to Win Lier CDI3* Grand Prix

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Inna Logutenkova and Don Gregorius. File photo © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com
Inna Logutenkova and Don Gregorius. File photo © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressge-news.com

LIER, Belgium, Mar. 1, 2016–Inna Logutenkova and Don Gregorius was awarded a personal best score to capture the CDI3* Grand Prix Tuesday six days before Olympic qualifying deadline, with two judges from her homeland of Ukraine.

Inna and the 14-year-old Oldenburg stallion were scored at 73.980 per cent, with their previous best in this Olympic qualifying year of 70.380 per cent. Her highest scores Tuesday came from two Ukrainian judges, Maria Dzhumadzhuk 75.300 per cent and Iryna Shulga 75.600 per cent.

The result for Inna puts her within striking distance of Russia’s Marina Aframeeva on Vosk who received a high score at a Moscow show last weekend. That jumped the pair up the Olympic rankings to second in the the geographic group that includes Russia and which is assigned two starts in Rio de Janeiro.

The Ukrainian rider needs a score of at least 76.900 per cent in the Freestyle to pass the Russian.

A second show that is also an Olympic qualifier is being staged at this same venue later this week.

Jeroen Devroe on Eres DL seeking to earn an individual Olympic start for Belgium placed second on 72.200 per cent with rider.

Inna on Fleraro won with 72.840 per cent a second Grand Prix, to qualify for the Grand Prix Special.

Fanny Verliefden, another Belgium trying to qualify for the Olympics, placed second with Annarico on 72.540 per cent.

This competition was the first of eight CDIs around the world–five in Europe, one in the Middle East, one in New Zealand one in Wellington, Florida–ahead of next Monday’s deadline to qualify for the Games.

Results:

CDI 3* Grand Prix for Freestyle

 Judges
E Marietta Almasy (FRA)
H Maria Dzhumadzhuk (UKR)
C Nataliya Petukhova (BLR)
M Iryna Shulga (UKR)
B Maria Colliander (FIN)

CDI3* Grand Prix for Special

Judges
E Iryna Shulga (UKR)
H Larysa Velyka (UKR)
C Jacques Van Daele (BEL)
M Slawomir Pietrzak (POL)
B Mariono Santos Redondo (ESP)