Carl Hester & Nip Tuck Repeat Winners of London Olympia World Cup Freestyle

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Carl Hester and Nip Tuck repeating victors in the London Olympia World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Carl Hester and Nip Tuck repeating victors in the London Olympia World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LONDON, Dec. 14, 2016–Carl Hester and Nip Tuck on Wednesday night won the London International Horse Show World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle for the second year in a row for the British Olympic team silver medal partnership.

Thunderous applause from the 7,500 spectators packed into the Olympia exhibition hall–the retirement of of Valegro helped produce a second sold out night–greeted the score of 84.669 per cent. That was enough to give Carl a good chance of appearing in his first World Cup Final since competing Escapado at Las Vegas in 2005.

The 20 points that Carl and the 12-year-old KWPN gelding picked up here added to the 17 points won in Lyon, France six weeks ago and ranked the pair sixth after five of the nine Western European League qualifiers which gets to send nine combinations to the Final in Omaha, Nebraska Mar. 27-April 2.

“This was the biggest atmosphere I’ve ever experienced at Olympia,” said Carl. “Barney (Nip Tuck) was a little on edge, but I’m really pleased that in that atmosphere he kept with me!”

He plans to compete Nip Tuck at Amsterdam, the next World Cup event to be held at the end of January.

Hans Peter Minderhoud of the Netherlands, who needs only to start in two events as he is the defending World Cup champion, scored 81.880 per cent on Glock’s Flirt for second place in only their second show this year.

Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock's Flirt at London Olympia Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt at London Olympia Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Edward Gal, also of the Netherlands and a champion on Totilas in 2010, rode Glock’s Voice to a score of 80.467 per cent for third place.

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver K were the stars of the night, performing to a collage of Christmas carols that she prepared specially for this show to earn the Irish rider and her 14-year-old KWPN gelding a score of 78.269 per cent, a personal best in 2 1/2 years competing at Big Tour.

Judy Reynolds and Vancouver k riding to a medly of Christmas carols at the London Olympia World Cup event. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Judy Reynolds and Vancouver k riding to a medly of Christmas carols at the London Olympia World Cup event. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The result added 15 points to a victory worth 20 points in a World Cup in Devon, Pennsylvania following on her appearance at New York’s Central Park Horse Show three months ago and 10 points at Stuttgart, Germany in November to give the duo enough points to put them at the top of the WEL rankings.

Kristy Oatley, a multi Olympian for Australia, lives in Germany and has declared herself for the Western European League did not compete here but has earned enough points so far that kept her one point behind Judy second place.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix

Judges–E: Isabelle Judet FRA H: Frances Verbeek van Rooy NED C: Andrew Gardner GBR M: Katrina Wuest GER B: Susanne Baarup DEN
RANK HNR COMPETITOR NAT. E H C M B %

Placed competitors

1. 0009 Nip Tuck Carl Hester GBR  A:  81.500 % 79.250 % 80.500 % 78.000 % 79.500 % 84.669
€13,750
bay / 12y. / G / KWPN / Don Ruto / Animo / 102UB47 / Mr C Hester, Miss Jane de la Mare  B:  88.580 % 92.580 % 90.580 % 86.580 % 89.620 %
 Total  85.025 %
(1)
85.900 %
(1)
85.525 %
(1)
82.275 %
(1)
84.550 %
(1)
2. 0011 Glock’s Flirt Hans Peter Minderhoud NED  A:  78.500 % 77.500 % 79.750 % 76.500 % 76.250 % 81.880 %
10,000
chest / 15y. / S / CH / Florestan I / Gauguin de Lully / 103DD24 / Ing. Gaston Glock  B:  86.460 % 85.940 % 87.420 % 85.180 % 85.300 %
 Total  82.475 %
(2)
81.700 %
(2)
83.575 %
(2)
80.825 %
(2)
80.775 %
(3)
3. 0006 Glock’s Voice Edward Gal NED  A:  80.000 % 77.500 % 77.750 % 76.750 % 76.750 % 80.467
7,500
black / 14y. / S / KWPN / De Niro / Rohdiamant / NED40937 / Glock Hpc Holding  B:  81.840 % 85.120 % 81.880 % 81.800 % 85.280 %
 Total  80.900 %
(4)
81.300 %
(3)
79.800 %
(3)
79.275 %
(3)
81.000 %
(2)
4. 0012 Vancouver K Judy Reynolds IRL  A:  77.500 % 72.000 % 74.500 % 73.750 % 70.500 % 78.269
5,625
bay / 14y. / G / KWPN / Jazz / Ferro / IRL40808 / Joe & Kathleen Reynolds  B:  85.600 % 79.520 % 81.640 % 84.120 % 83.560 %
 Total  81.550 %
(3)
75.750 %
(9)
78.050 %
(4)
78.925 %
(4)
77.025 %
(4)
5. 0016 Rubins Nite Hayley Watson-Greaves GBR  A:  75.500 % 72.500 % 73.250 % 72.750 % 72.000 % 77.574
3,125
black / 12y. / G / BHHS / Rubin-Royal / Limbo / 103RB72 / Hayley Watson – Greaves  B:  82.940 % 83.000 % 80.340 % 82.100 % 81.360 %
 Total  79.200 %
(6)
77.750 %
(4)
76.775 %
(5)
77.425 %
(5)
76.675 %
(5)
6. 0001 Warlocks Charm Henriette Andersen GBR  A:  75.750 % 74.250 % 73.250 % 72.000 % 72.500 % 76.987
2,500
chest / 13y. / G / KWPN / Jazz / Farrington / 103LO57 / Henriette Andersen & Jennifer Charl  B:  82.880 % 80.940 % 79.900 % 80.300 % 78.100 %
 Total  79.300 %
(5)
77.575 %
(5)
76.575 %
(6)
76.150 %
(6)
75.300 %
(7)
7. 0004 Marakov Michael George Eilberg GBR  A:  75.000 % 73.500 % 72.250 % 72.500 % 73.750 % 75.934
1,875
bay / 16y. / G / LUSIT / Rufs / Mitjulands / GBR42667 / Mr F Eilberg  B:  79.040 % 78.780 % 78.060 % 76.860 % 79.600 %
 Total  77.000 %
(8)
76.125 %
(7)
75.150 %
(8)
74.675 %
(9)
76.675 %
(5)
8. 0005 Weekend Fun Emile Faurie GBR  A:  76.750 % 73.250 % 74.250 % 72.750 % 70.750 % 75.831
1,250
15y. / G / OLDBG / Welt Hit II / Rubinstein I / 104EZ07 / Hof Kasselmann GmbH & Co Kg  B:  81.680 % 78.400 % 78.000 % 77.600 % 74.880 %
 Total  79.200 %
(6)
75.825 %
(8)
76.125 %
(7)
75.175 %
(8)
72.800 %
(9)
9. 0007 Thriller Katja Gevers NED  A:  72.500 % 73.250 % 72.250 % 74.000 % 70.750 % 74.963
875
16y. / G / KWPN / Gribaldi / Amor / 103HL43 / Dhr. R. Gevers  B:  77.880 % 79.200 % 77.340 % 76.480 % 75.980 %
 Total  75.175 %
(9)
76.225 %
(6)
74.775 %
(9)
75.225 %
(7)
73.350 %
(8)
10. 0014 Rustique Mai Tofte Olesen DEN  A:  70.500 % 69.750 % 71.250 % 71.000 % 70.250 % 73.303
875
grey / 14y. / G / DWB / Heslegard’s Rubin / Midt-West Ibi-Light / 104EK15 / Birgit Meister, Mai & Henrik Tofte  B:  76.780 % 75.600 % 76.580 % 77.180 % 74.140 %
 Total  73.625 %
(10)
72.675 %
(11)
73.900 %
(10)
74.075 %
(10)
72.175 %
(11)
11. 0002 Amorak Stephanie Brieussel FRA  A:  68.250 % 69.500 % 67.750 % 70.250 % 69.250 % 72.112
875
bay / 11y. / G / KWPN / Special D / Inspekteur / 103ZQ10 / Mme Stephanie Brieussel et M. Domin  B:  73.180 % 77.580 % 73.840 % 75.780 % 75.740 %
 Total  70.700 %
(12)
73.525 %
(10)
70.775 %
(12)
73.000 %
(11)
72.475 %
(10)
12. 0003 Xenofonte d’Atela Miguel Ralao Duarte POR  A:  69.500 % 68.250 % 68.500 % 68.250 % 67.500 % 71.116
875
grey / 13y. / S / LUSIT / Hostil / Cryptogamico / 104PV85 / Ana Paula Lemos Figueiredo  B:  73.640 % 75.540 % 72.080 % 74.740 % 73.160 %
 Total  71.550 %
(11)
71.875 %
(12)
70.275 %
(13)
71.475 %
(12)
70.325 %
(12)
13. 0008 After You Ludovic Henry FRA  A:  67.250 % 68.500 % 70.000 % 68.500 % 66.000 % 69.843 
875
bay / 13y. / G / BAVAR / Abanos / Ragazzo / 103EV75 / Henry Giorgia & Ludovic & Alexandre  B:  69.160 % 72.240 % 73.620 % 71.620 % 71.540 %
 Total  68.200 %
(13)
70.350 %
(13)
71.800 %
(11)
70.050 %
(13)
68.750 %
(13)

Total: €50,000