Russia’s Inessa Merkulova & Mister X Win Herning CDI3* Grand Prix

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Mister X ridden by Inessa Merkulova. File photo © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

HERNING, Denmark, Mar. 9, 2018–Inessa Merkula and her big moving Olympic and championship mount Mister X won the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday, narrowly beating rising hometown rider Daniel Bachmann Andersen on Blue Hors Don Olymbrio.

Inessa and the 14-year-old Russian-bred Trakehner gelding scored 73.804 per cent for the victory with Daniel and the 10-year-old KWPN stallion runner-up on 73.457 per cent.

Agnete Kirk Thinggaard in only her second Big Tour show with Orthilia, the 2016 Olympic team silver medal mount of Great Britain’s Fiona Bigwood, placed third on 71.065 per cent.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix

 Judges-E: Thomas Kessler-GER H: Maria Colliander-FIN C: Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel-NED M: Kurt Christensen-DEN B: Hans-Christian Matthiesen-DEN
Rank Rider H.No Horse Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B  Total
1 381 Mister X Gelding / TRAK / Dark-Bay / 2004 / Egeus / / Merkulova, Inessa 73.261    2 73.913    1 74.891    1 75.217    1 71.739    2 73.804
2 380 Blue Hors Don Olymbrio Stallion / KWPN / Chestnut / 2008 / Jazz x Olympic Ferro / / Blue Hors 74.891    1 72.826   2 72.065    3 74.239   2 73.261    1 73.457
3 354 Atterupgaards Orthilia Mare / OLDBG / Bay / 2005 / Gribaldi x Donnerschlag / / Julianelyst Aps 70.978    3 70.543   3 72.609   2 71.522   4 69.674   3 71.065
4 363 Brother de JeuGelding / KWPN / Black / 2006 / Voice x Jazz / De Jeu, Emmy / La Pomme Hb 70.543   4 68.370   6 69.565   4 72.283   3 68.478   4 69.848
Not placed
5 366 du SoleilGelding / HANN / Chestnut / 2004 / de Niro 6 x Caprimond / Kahrens, Sven / Oatley, Rosalind & Robert 69.674   5 69.130   5 69.457   5 69.674   5 68.370   5 69.261
6 355 Jimmie Choo SeqGelding / OLDBG / Black Brown / 2004 / Sandro Hit x Don Schufro / Felix Tiemann / Zuchthof Aschen / Segersta Equestrian 68.913   6 69.783   4 67.935   8 67.935   7 65.435   10 68.000
7 370 Lights Of LondonderryStallion / HANN / Chestnut / 2004 / Londonderry x Weltmeyer / Bulle, Inge / Brune, Bernadette 67.174    8 68.370  6 68.370   6 67.500   8 64.457  12 67.174
8 379 Swagman 2Stallion / OLDBG / Brown / 2004 / Sandro Hit x Don Schufro / Gestuet Lewitz / Oatley, Rosalind 68.261   7 64.783  13 67.065   9 68.478   6 66.739   6 67.065
9 371 RustiqueGelding / DWB / Grey / 2002 / Heslegård’s Rubin x Midt-West Ibi-Light / Anne Dueholm / Birgit Meister, Mai & Henrik Tofte Olesen 64.891  12 65.870   9 68.152    7 67.174   9 66.413    7 66.500
10 383 Stenkjers NaromiMare / DWB / Bay / 2005 / Romanov / Ernfred Sero / Lena Busch Nielsen, Maja Busch Nielsen 66.848   9 65.978   8 66.848  10 66.630  11 65.435  10 66.348
11 378 Belcanto 34Gelding / HANN / Chestnut / 2007 / Breitling W x Donnerhall / Heinrich, Christian / Ratynski, Edward 66.304 10 65.217 12 66.739  11 64.891 12 65.870  9 65.804
12 376 May-Day GraftebjergMare / DWB / Bay / 2003 / Dream Of Heidelberg / / Arne Bjerg-Nielsen 64.022 14 65.652 10 66.196  12 64.891  12 66.196   8 65.391
13 367 Darwin ToftagergaardGelding / DWB / Bay / 2005 / Romanov x Aquilino / Jeanine Logan Og Svend Roed Larsen, Randers / Lone Bang Larsen 65.543  11 63.370  14 64.457 14 67.174   9 64.457 12 65.000
14 368 CharmeurGelding / KWPN / Dark Bay / 2007 / Krack C x Gribaldi / A.J Groen / Arphus Gård Ab 64.522 13 65.283 11 65.174  13 64.196 14 61.696 14 64.174
15 350 ArumsGelding / LBHA / Bay / 2009 / Aromat x Amulets / Janis Jurash / Merkulova, Inessa 58.761  15 60.174 15 59.957  15 60.174 15 59.087 15 59.630