Two Japanese, One Israeli Combinations at Aachen CDI3* Earn 1st Required Scores, Palestine Completes Qualifying for Tryon World Equestrian Games

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Kiirchi Harada of Japan on Egistar at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington where the pair earned qualifying scores for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

AACHEN, Germany, April 17, 2018–Two Japanese and one Israeli combinations at Aachen Dressage Days CDI3* Grand Prix Tuesday earned the first of two scores required to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September.

Kazuki Sado on Barolo was awarded 67.826 per cent in the Grand Prix for the Freestyle and Yuko Kitai on Chupa Chup A S scored 67.457 per cent in the Grand Prix for the Special.

Barolo, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, was competed at Big Tour by Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin 2016 and by Cal Hester last year. Carl and Barrolo posted four victories in four starts in 2017.

Barolo was bought in February by the Japanese Racing Association as a WEG and 2020 Olympic team prospect for Kazuki, who competed at the 2014 Asian Games, winning team silver at the small tour level championship.

The Grand Prix on Chupa Chup, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding previously ridden by Jacob Noerby Soerensen of Denmark was the first international competition for Yuko since she competed for Japan at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Yuko also competed in the 2008 Olympics and the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.

Kiichi Harada on his 2016 Olympic mount Egistar achieved both World Games qualifying scores competing at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida over the winter.

Akane Kuroki on Toots, that with Kiichi was also on the Rio Games team, attained their qualifying scores in Europe.

Israel’s Eyal Zlatin riding Bonzanjo in their first Big Tour event earned a qualifying score of 67.630 per cent.

Eyal had previously competed internationally only at small tour. Bonzanjo, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding, was previously ridden by Diederik van Silfhout of the Netherlands.

Christian Zimmerman riding Roble under the Palestine flag earned their second WEG qualifying score, logging 66.717 per cent. The pair were awarded 67.320 per cent as their first required result last October.