USA’s Shelly Francis Rides Danilo to Personal Best to Win Aachen CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle

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Shelly Francis and Danilo. File Photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

AACHEN, Germany, July 22, 2018–Shelly Francis rode Danilo to a personal best score to capture the CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday and the third European victory for the American pair this summer.

Shelly and the 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding were awarded 79.305 per cent, a score that surpassed their previous best of 77.725 per cent set at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida in January.

Shelly of Loxahatchee, Florida, a member of the U.S. Elite squad and part of the group in Europe vying for a place on the American team for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in seven weeks, posted wins in the CDI3* Grand Prix and the Special at this same show grounds two months ago.

Germany’s eventing star Ingrid Klimke and Franziskus placed second on 78.390 per cent.

The USA’s Olivia LaGoy-Weltz of Haymarket, Virginia on Lonoir were third on 77.435 per cent. This combinaton is also among the American squad wrapping up the European summer tour.

Results:

Rank Nr. Rider

EUR
Horse

1 325
Shelly Francis
USA
5600 79.305
Danilo

2 349
Ingrid Klimke
GER
3500 78.390
Franziskus 15

3 356
Olivia Lagoy-Weltz
USA
2600 77.435
Lonoir

4 363
Juan Matute Guimon
ESP
1800 75.830
Quantico Ymas

5 306
Danielle Heijkoop
NED
1200 74.810
Badari

6 310
Ulrike Prunthaller
AUT
800 73.900
Bartlgut´s Quebec

7 321
Benjamin Werndl
GER
700 73.420
Daily Mirror 9

8 360
Victoria Michalke
GER
600 73.010
Novia 6

9 391
Jill de Ridder
GER
400 71.025
Whitney 341

10 390
Ismail Jilaoui
MAR
300 68.230
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