Inessa Merkulova & Mister X Win Dortmund CDI4* Freestyle in Final Preps for Paris World Cup Final

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

DORTMUND, Germany, Mar. 24, 2018–Inessa Merkulova and Mister X won the Signal Iduna CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday less than three weeks before heading to Paris for the fifth World Cup Final for the top ranked Russian pair.

Inessa and the 14-year-old Russian-bred Trakehner gelding scored 78.725 per cent for the win as the duo near the anniversary of five years at Big Tour.

Inessa and Mister X competed at the 2016 Olympics, 2014 World Equestrian Games, 2015 and 2017 European as well World Cup Finals in Las Vegas; Omaha, Nebraska; Gothenberg, Sweden and Lyon, France.

German Olympian Hubertus Schmidt on Imperio placed second on 76.000 per cent and compatriot Jan-Dirk Giesselmann on Real Dancer FRH third on 75.450 per cent.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges–E: Christoph Hess-GER H: Katrina Wuest-GER C: Isobel Wessels-GBR M: Hans-Christian Matthiesen-DEN B: Yury Romanov-RUS

RANK CNR HORSE – BREEDING
SEX\COLOR\BORN\SIRE X SIREDAM\
NAT E H C M B TOTAL
RIDER
OWNER
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
TECHNICAL
ARTISTIC
1 292 MISTER X – TRAK
G \ Bay \ 2004 \ EGEUS
RUS
7500 79.50 74.25 76.50 76.25 73.75 78.725
Inessa  Merkulova
Merkulova, Inessa
81.00 84.00 82.00 80.00 80.00
2 291 IMPERIO 3 – TRAK
S \ Bay \ 2003 \ CONNERY x BALFOUR XX
GER
4700 77.25 73.00 71.50 72.00 71.25 76.000
Hubertus  Schmidt
Bayrisch.haupt-u.landgestüt Schwaiganger
81.00 82.00 79.00 77.00 76.00
3 293 REAL DANCER FRH – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2004 \ RUBIN ROYAL OLD x DE NIRO
GER
3500 76.50 73.25 70.75 72.75 72.25 75.450
Jan-dirk  Giesselmann
Gießelmann, Heinrich
81.00 78.00 77.00 78.00 75.00
4 294 RUBIN AL ASAD – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ RUBIN ROYAL OLD x WANDERBURSCH II
GBR
2500 72.25 67.00 70.75 69.75 70.25 71.600
Lara  Butler
Dr W & Mrs U Bechtolsheimer
75.00 72.00 73.00 74.00 72.00
5 286 DON DARWIN – OLDBG
G \ Black \ 2003 \ DON SCHUFRO x WARKANT
GER
1500 71.75 66.00 66.75 68.50 67.00 69.700
Andrea  Timpe
Timpe, Wulf
72.00 70.00 71.00 73.00 71.00
6 276 ASTHER DE JEU – KWPN
M \ Other \ 2005 \ CONTANGO x JAZZ
NED
1200 70.75 67.25 68.50 66.00 66.75 69.025
Tosca  Visser Van Der Meulen
A.f.m. Visser- V.d. Meulen
72.00 70.00 72.00 68.00 69.00