Hans Peter Minderhoud & Glock’s Dream Boy Win London Olympia World Cup First “Short” Grand Prix

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Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Dream Boy on the way to victoryin the first “short” Grand Prix that was performed at the Olympia London International Horse Show. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LONDON, Dec. 17, 2018–The 2016 World Cup champion Hans Peter Minderhoud rode Glock’s Dream Boy to victory in the debut of the “short” Grand Prix Monday night that averaged at least one minute shorter than the standard test and some of the riders suggested some refinements to make it flow more smoothly.

Hans Peter, on two Olympic teams for the Netherlands including capturing the silver medal in 2008, and the 10-year-old KWPN stallion were awarded 73.895 per cent in his first victory at Olympia and a performance that he admitted included having to remember to stay on course. The competition was the first for the duo since competing at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in September.

Hometown favorite Charlotte Dujardin on Hawtins Delicato was second on 73.026 per cent. The pair broke the ice by being the first to go with the pilot version that was designed specially for Olympia where the organizers are seeking to attract a larger audience that is largely made up of families.

“The test I think for me, rides really fast,” Charlotte said. “Halting at the bottom of the arena then going straight into half passes was not easy to get the test flowing.

“It was a bit bitty and quick coming. All the riders need to discuss it along with the judges and see what comes of it.”

Charlotte Dujardin riding Hawtins Delicato in the first performance of the “short” Grand Prix at the London Olympia World Cup. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Hans Peter admitted there were segments where the test did not flow for him and Dream Boy, such as the shorter half passes, but he felt it also depended on the horse.

Germany’s Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain said for him the test was fluid and the pair placed third on 72.623 per cent. While he was nervous initially, Olympia was the best show in which he had ever competed.

What appeared to be highly successful feature was interviewing the riders in the center of the arena immediately after each ride and then seeing the judge’s individual scores appear on a scoreboard one at a time to add drama to the presentation.

Katrina Wüst of Germany, president of the ground jury of five judges, lauded the interview and scoring presentation as a “wonderful” to “create stars, make them visible” as other sports do.

Frederic Wandres and Duke of Britain competing at Olympic for the first time placed third in the World Cup “short” Grand Prix. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Olympia officials explained the new format to be pilot tested for two years was driven by show director Simon Brooks Ward. The London International Horse Show is one of the most prestigious and hosts World Cup qualifiers for dressage, jumping and driving.

The “short” Grand Prix assumes five minutes for 27 movements for 360 points, with one collective mark for a coeffcient of two to bring the total to 380 points.

The standard Grand Prix test estimates 5 mins. 45 secs. for 33 movements for 440 points, with one collective mark for a coefficient of two to bring the total to 460.

Dressage-news.com timed all the rides and unofficial results showed that every test but one which contained an error of course was under five minutes, the shortest being four minutes and 14 seconds. That led to the belief there was room to tweak the test without exceeding the target of five minutes.

The Grand Prix has no impact on the standings to qualify for the World Cup Final as points are awarded only for the Grand Prix Freestyle that is scheduled for Tuesday night.

Results:

CDI-W “Short” Grand Prix

Judges-E: Hans-Christian Matthiesen-DEN H: Stephen Clarke-GBR C: Katrina Wuest-GER M: Maribel Alonso De Quinzanos-MEX B: Andrew Gardner-GBR

Rank HNR Competitor Nation E H C M B Total

Placed competitors

1. 004 Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P. Hans Peter Minderhoud ned 73.289 % 72.632 % 75.526 % 74.605 % 73.421 % 73.895 %
€4,050
black / 10y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Ferro / 104BI66 / Glock HPC Holding B.V., Palmar BV – (2.) (2.) (1.) (1.) (1.)
2. 005 Hawtins Delicato Charlotte Dujardin gbr 72.632 % 71.184 % 74.868 % 73.553 % 72.895 % 73.026 %
3,000
bay / 10y. / G / BHHS / Diamond Hit / 104ES67 / Carl Hester, Lady Anne Evans, Ann C (3.) (4.) (2.) (3.) (2.)
3. 001 Duke of Britain Frederic Wandres ger 73.684 % 70.921 % 72.105 % 74.211 % 72.237 % 72.632 %
1,950
chest / 11y. / G / HANN / Dimaggio / Rubinstein / 103LO51 / Hof Kasselmann GmbH & Co.KG (1.) (5.) (5.) (2.) (4.)
4. 008 Rubins Nite Hayley Watson-Greaves gbr 71.184 % 73.289 % 72.368 % 70.395 % 70.395 % 71.526 %
1,500
black / 14y. / G / BHHS / Rubin Royal Old / Limbo / 103RB72 / Hayley Watson – Greaves (5.) (1.) (3.) (5.) (7.)
5. 007 Bubblingh Richard Davison gbr 70.132 % 71.974 % 72.368 % 71.053 % 71.316 % 71.368 %
1,350
bay / 12y. / G / KWPN / Lingh / Picandt / 104QJ85 / G Sontheim, R Davison (6.) (3.) (3.) (4.) (6.)
6. 006 Rubin Al Asad Lara Butler gbr 70.000 % 70.789 % 71.974 % 69.474 % 72.763 % 71.000 %
1,200
bay / 16y. / G / HANN / Rubin Royal Old / Wanderbursch II / 102VC47 / Dr W & Mrs U Bechtolsheimer (7.) (6.) (6.) (7.) (3.)
7. 002 Coroado Maria Caetano por 71.974 % 70.000 % 70.526 % 70.000 % 71.447 % 70.789 %
1,050
11y. / S / LUSIT / Rubi / Xaquiro / 103VQ51 / Juan Manuel Cordeiro (4.) (8.) (7.) (6.) (5.)
8. 012 Isac Minna Telde swe 68.684 % 70.658 % 70.395 % 69.342 % 70.132 % 69.842 %
900
bay / 13y. / G / SWB / Hip Hop / Master / 102ZW12 / Ekeslund Holding AB (8.) (7.) (8.) (8.) (8.)

Total: 15.000,00 EUR

Other, non-placed competitors

9. 009 Quartz of Jazz Marie Emilie Bretenoux fra 66.053 % 68.026 % 68.684 % 66.184 % 67.763 % 67.342 %
bay / 14y. / G / SF / Lawrence / Urleven Pironniere / 104IB12 / Jean Bretenoux (9.) (9.) (9.) (10.) (9.)
10. 010 Royal Rubinstein David Engelen bel 64.737 % 65.921 % 65.658 % 67.105 % 64.868 % 65.658 %
bay / 13y. / HANN / Rubin Royal Old / Sao Paulo / 103ZK84 / David Engelen (11.) (11.) (10.) (9.) (10.)
11. 013 Michigan Ulrik Moelgaard den 65.632 % 66.947 % 64.974 % 63.395 % 63.789 % 64.947 %
bay / 17y. / G / DWB / Michellino / Unknown / 102UC82 / Claus Munkedal (10.) (10.) (11.) (12.) (11.)
12. 011 Amorak Stephanie Brieussel fra 62.763 % 65.000 % 63.158 % 65.395 % 62.632 % 63.789 %
bay / 13y. / G / KWPN / Special D / Inspekteur / 103ZQ10 / Stephanie Brieussel, Dominique Brie (12.) (12.) (12.) (11.) (12.)