Inessa Merkulova & Mister X Take Moscow World Cup Grand Prix In Campaign for 5th Final

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Russian Olympic pair of Inessa Merkulova on Mister X in the Omaha World Cup Freestyle. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

MOSCOW, SEPT. 23, 2017–Inessa Merkulova and Mister X, ranked No. 9 in the world, won the World Cup Grand Prix Saturday in the Russian’s campaign for a start in their fifth final.

Inessa and the 13-year-old Russian-bred Trakehner gelding scored 76.740 per cent for the win. The pair competed at the 2016 Olympics, the 2014 World Games and the 2015 and 2017 European Championships as well as the last four finals of the annual World Cup.

The duo is atop the Central European League standings with more points up for grabs in the freestyle Sunday to earn one of two places at the Paris final next April.

Stanislav Cherednichenko, 26 years old, who took over competing Vosk this year placed second on a personal best 70.520 per cent. The pair were on Russia’s team at the European Championships last month.

Inessa and Avans were third on 70.180 per cent.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix

Judges–Е: G. SVALLING (SWE) Н: A. SUBBOTINA (RUS) С: P. ENGEL (GER) М: I. MAKNAMI (RUS) В: R. SALEH (FRA)

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Rider

Nat

Horse

Е

H

С

М

В

Total

%

%

%

%

%

1

Inessa

MERКULOVA

RUS

MISTER X

 

78.100

74.700

79.000

75.700

76.200

76.740

2

Stanislav

CHEREDNICHENKO

RUS

VOSK

72.200

68.500

71.000

70.300

70.600

70.520

3

Inessa

MERКULOVA

RUS

AVANS

 

69.300

71.100

74.000

68.800

67.700

70.180

4

Elizaveta

TROSHENKOVA

RUS

RUBINIO ROYAL

 

67.100

66.400

68.200

67.100

64.800

66.720

5

Olga

KOVYRZINA

RUS

MARCUS

 

60.700

64.200

62.800

64.600

63.600

63.180

6

Yulia

PRINTSEVA

RUS

WOUT

 

62.700

60.300

55.100

63.100

56.100

59.460

7

Galina

ZAYARNAYA

RUS

ILLIOPOL

 

60.800

58.700

58.800

57.100

60.300

59.140