Holland’s Hans Peter Minderhoud & Flirt New World Cup Champions
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By PELLE WEDENMARK
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Mar. 27, 2016–Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt became World Cup champions Sunday, the first victory for the Olympic and World Games medal winner and the 13th horse and rider from the Netherlands to take the annual global championship of the Grand Prix Freestyle in its 31-year history.
The win for Hans Peter and Flirt on a personal best score of 82.357 per cent–the previous Freestyle high result for the pair was 82.250 per cent posted at Amsterdam two months ago–and came two days after capturing the Grand Prix. He liked Gothenburg before this Final, he joked, “but I like it more now.”
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén, a hometown favorite and six-time Olympian for Sweden, rode Don Auriello for runner-up on 81.429 per cent with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Unee BB scoring 80.464 per cent to earn the bronze as the German duo did in Las Vegas a year ago.
Although an early mistake by Tinne may have cost her the title, she said the Gothenburg experience is always special and the silver medal placing was the closest she has come to being champion in seven Finals beginning in 2004.
“The feeling to get into the arena with all of that great audience here is indescribable. It’s a very special moment, and I think Don Auriello felt great with that today. He had a lot of power in him but was still very controlled. It was a pity about my first halt, it was the only weak point I think, otherwise I was very happy with him!”
Patrik Kittel on Watermill Scandic, an emotional favorite of the crowd in the 11,200-seat arena as it may be the 17-year-old stallion’s last championship, placed fourth on 78.946 per cent. Sweden has won the World Cup once–Louise Nathorst on Walk On Top won the title in this same city in 1998.
The 42-year-old Hans Peter gave it his all to earn the title on the horse has been riding for two years.
“It was really special for me,” he said. “This was my sixth final and I’ve never been on the podium, although I was twice really close. I started off as a groom and it was always my dream to win it so it’s very emotional. The horse is almost like a dog, you can take him everywhere. He’s very sweet and always tries for you. He’s a really good boy.”
Hans Peter and the 15-year-old Swiss Warmblood stallion were aiming for his first World Cup title watched by his partner Edward Gal, who won the event on Totilas in 2010.
“It’s good we have one each now,” Hans Peter joked. It was the second World Cup Final on Flirt–the pair placed fifth at Las Vegas in 2015.
Of the Netherlands’ 13 titles, more than any other nation, nine were won by Anky van Grunsven.
The 2017 World Cup will be staged in Omaha, Nebraska.
World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges- F: Anne Gribbons B: Evi Eisenhardt M: Susanne Baarup C: Gustav Svalling H: Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel E: Irina Maknami K: Susan Hoevenaars
|Rank||Rider||H.No||HorseSex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner||K||E||H||C||M||B||F|
|1||NED||209||Glock’s Flirt/ CH / / 2001 / Florestan I x Gauguin de Lully / / Ing. Gaston Glock||81.125 2||83.875 1||82.250 1||81.375 1||83.375 1||82.250 1||82.250 2||82.357|
|2||SWE||216||Don AurielloGelding / HANN / / 2002 / Don Davidoff x White Star / / Lvsta Stuteri / Antonia Ax:son Johnson||81.750 1||82.250 2||82.125 2||79.625 3||80.625 2||80.500 3||83.1251||81.429|
|3||GER||206||Unee BBHingst / KWPN / / 2001 / Gribaldi x Dageraad / / Beatrice A. & Bredow-Werndl, Jessica von Brchler-Keller||81.125 2||79.375 5||80.375 3||80.250 2||80.250 3||82.000 2||79.875 3||80.464|
|4||SWE||214||Watermill ScandicHingst / KWPN / / 1999 / Solos Carex x Amiral / / Patrik Kittel & Greve Jan-Willem||79.625 4||80.125 4||78.375 4||78.375 4||79.375 5||77.125 8||79.625 4||78.946|
|5||DEN||203||DonnperignonGelding / FWB / / 1999 / Donnerhall x Mozart II79 / / Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak||78.500 5||80.375 3||78.250 5||77.000 7||79.125 6||78.625 5||78.500 7||78.625|
|6||GER||207||D’Agostino FRHGelding / HANN / / 2000 / De Niro x Shogun xx / / Gina Capellmann-Ltkemeier||77.250 6||78.375 8||77.875 7||78.250 5||77.625 8||80.250 4||78.750 5||78.339|
|7||RUS||212||Mister XGelding / TRAK / / 2004 / Egeus / / Inessa Merkulova||77.000 7||79.375 5||76.875 8||77.375 6||79.875 4||78.500 6||78.625 6||78.232|
|8||IRL||208||Vancouver KGelding / KWPN / / 2002 / Jazz x Ferro / / Joe & Kathleen Reynolds||74.250 9||78.875 7||78.000 6||76.375 9||78.625 7||77.750 7||77.500 8||77.339|
|9||DEN||204||Jojo AzGelding / HSH / / 2003 / Ginus x Justboy / / Julianelyst Aps||72.750 12||77.875 9||76.500 9||76.500 8||76.125 9||76.625 9||77.375 9||76.250|
|10||SUI||213||Smeyers MolbergGelding / DWB / / 2001 / Michellino x Rambo / / Meyer Irene + Krinke Susmelj Marcela, Marcela Krinke Susmelj||74.875 8||74.875 11||76.000 10||74.250 11||75.250 10||76.625 9||72.750 13||74.946|
|11||AUS||202||Sandro Boy 9Gelding / OLDBG / / 2001 / Sandro Hit x Argentinus / / Carol u. Andrew Oatley||72.250 13||73.250 14||74.000 11||73.125 12||73.625 12||74.500 12||74.375 10||73.589|
|12||USA||217||Kastel’s NintendoHingst / KWPN / / 2003 / Negro x Monaco / / Kastel Denmark||69.250 15||75.250 10||73.875 12||76.125 10||71.750 15||72.500 14||73.875 12||73.232|
|13||POL||210||Rubicon DGelding / RHEIN / / 2003 / Rubin-Royal x Larome / / Manfred u.Bttner-Loose,Regina u.Stremler, Beata Loose||74.125 10||74.750 12||72.375 13||69.625 15||73.125 14||75.750 11||72.500 14||73.179|
|14||SWE||215||MiataGelding / OLDBG / / 1999 / Lancado x Grasco / / Emilie Nyrerd||73.000 11||73.625 13||70.750 15||71.375 14||75.125 11||74.000 13||74.125 11||73.143|
|15||AUS||201||UmbroGelding / KWPN / / 2001 / Jazz x Juventus / / Mary and Rob Hanna||71.750 14||72.875 15||71.000 14||72.375 13||73.500 13||70.500 15||69.875 15||71.696|
|16||FIN||205||Axis TSFHingst / TRAK / / 1999 / Sixtus x Angard / / Stegars Terhi + A bis Grand Prix||69.125 16||69.875 17||68.750 16||68.875 16||69.750 16||70.500 15||68.000 18||69.268|
|17||RUS||211||Kartsevo UppervilleHingst / KWPN / / 2001 / Cabochon x Creool / / Sonina Varvara & Bronnikova Nataliya||68.375 17||70.000 16||67.625 18||68.625 17||67.875 18||68.625 17||68.125 17||68.464|
|18||USA||218||Zero GravityGelding / KWPN / / 2004 / Royal Hit x Contango / / James & Charlotte Mashburn||66.000 18||69.250 18||67.875 17||65.125 18||69.000 17||65.625 18||69.375 16||67.464|