Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain Wins London World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle, First German Dressage Victor Ever at Olympia,

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Frederic Wandres riding Duke of Britain to victory in the London Olympia World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle, the first ever victory by a German at the premier indoor British dressage competition. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

LONDON, Dec. 18, 2018–Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain produced a Big Tour career high score performance to win the World Grand Prix Freestyle Tuesday, the first German to capture the premier British event since the annual championship series was begun at Olympia 16 years ago.

In his first appearance in what he described as a breath-taking arena before at least 5,000 spectators, Frederic and the 11-year-old British-bred Hanoverian gelding were awarded 80.030 per cent, to match the same score for hometown favorite Charlotte Dujardin on Hawtins Delicato, the tie broken by the artistic score.

The 2016 World Cup champion Hans Peter Minderhoud of Holland on Glock’s Dream Boy was third on 77.990 per cent, a day after winning the debut “short” format Grand Prix.

“Christmas is done for me,” the 31-year-old Frederic joked after the competition.

From his arrival at Olympia on Saturday, he said, everyone had been friendly.

“It has been really unbelievable. It’s the best show I’ve ever been to. Amazing. Super.”

“For me to reach the magical 80 per cent is a dream come true especially in the company of these riders,” he said. “I trust Duke totally–I could ride him in any arena anywhere and as long as I don’t make a mistake, he won’t make a mistake.”

Charlotte Dujardin on Hawtins Delicato at the London Olympia World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2018 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Charlotte, who rode Carl Hester’s World Equestrian Games mount Hawtins Delicato as, she reported, Mount St. John Freestyle that she rode in the WEG was laid up with a respiratory virus.

Charlotte and “Del” performed the freestyle to Valegro’s 2011 music. The degree of difficulty was not as great as tht of Duke of Britain, though the technical marks for Britain’s most successful rider were higher.

Although their performance in the “short” Grand Prix was “a bit sticky,” the pair were more ready for what was only the second freestyle for the horse nicknamed, Del, aged 10 and also a British-bred Hanoverian.

To ride in this arena with an electric atmosphere was “a big ask.”

Duke of Britain (Dimaggio x Rubinstein) was bred near Windsor by Tony and Sarah Pidgley. Hof Kasselmann of Hagen, Germany bought the “Duke” in 2011 then sold him at the Performance Sales International auction to Germany’s Victoria Michalke. She competed the horse as a six-year-old in the World Young Horse Championships in 2013, placing fourth. Kasselmann bought the horse back four years ago.

Frederic, a full-time employee there for 10 years, began competing the horse at CDIs in April this year and through the summer the pair were on two German Nations Cup teams.

This was the sixth of 11 Western European League qualifiers for the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April.

The victory for Frederic moved him up to third place on 50 points behind fellow Germans Benjamin Werndl and Dorothee Schneider tied on 65 points.

The next WEL event is at Mechelen, Belgium at the end of this month.

Results:

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

Rank HNR Competitor Nation E H C M B Total

Placed competitors

1. 001 Duke of Britain Frederic Wandres ger  Tech.:  72.000 % 76.750 % 75.500 % 74.000 % 73.250 % 80.030 %
€13,906
chest / 11y. / G / HANN / Dimaggio / Rubinstein / 103LO51 / Hof Kasselmann GmbH & Co.KG  Art.:  84.000 % 85.800 % 88.800 % 85.400 % 84.800 %
 Total  78.000 %
(2)
81.275 %
(1)
82.150 %
(1)
79.700 %
(1)
79.025 %
(2)
2. 005 Hawtins Delicato Charlotte Dujardin gbr  Tech.:  76.750 % 78.250 % 77.250 % 76.000 % 77.250 % 80.030 %
€10,156
bay / 10y. / G / BHHS / Diamond Hit / 104ES67 / Carl Hester, Lady Anne Evans, Ann C  Art.:  79.600 % 82.600 % 85.600 % 81.400 % 85.600 %
 Total  78.175 %
(1)
80.425 %
(2)
81.425 %
(2)
78.700 %
(2)
81.425 %
(1)
3. 004 Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P. Hans Peter Minderhoud ned  Tech.:  71.250 % 74.000 % 74.750 % 73.750 % 71.750 % 77.990 %
€7,656
black / 10y. / S / KWPN / Vivaldi / Ferro / 104BI66 / Glock HPC Holding B.V., Palmar BV –  Art.:  81.800 % 82.800 % 83.800 % 82.600 % 83.400 %
 Total  76.525 %
(3)
78.400 %
(3)
79.275 %
(4)
78.175 %
(3)
77.575 %
(4)
4. 008 Rubins Nite Hayley Watson-Greaves gbr  Tech.:  70.750 % 73.000 % 72.250 % 71.750 % 72.500 % 77.705 %
€5,781
black / 14y. / G / BHHS / Rubin Royal Old / Limbo / 103RB72 / Hayley Watson – Greaves  Art.:  81.400 % 82.600 % 87.000 % 80.400 % 85.400 %
 Total  76.075 %
(4)
77.800 %
(4)
79.625 %
(3)
76.075 %
(4)
78.950 %
(3)
5. 007 Bubblingh Richard Davison gbr  Tech.:  72.250 % 75.000 % 74.250 % 69.750 % 69.750 % 75.680 %
€3,281
bay / 12y. / G / KWPN / Lingh / Picandt / 104QJ85 / G Sontheim, R Davison  Art.:  78.800 % 78.800 % 82.400 % 76.200 % 79.600 %
 Total  75.525 %
(5)
76.900 %
(5)
78.325 %
(5)
72.975 %
(9)
74.675 %
(7)
6. 006 Rubin Al Asad Lara Butler gbr  Tech.:  69.500 % 71.000 % 69.250 % 69.250 % 71.500 % 74.170 %
€2,656
bay / 16y. / G / HANN / Rubin Royal Old / Wanderbursch II / 102VC47 / Dr W & Mrs U Bechtolsheimer  Art.:  77.200 % 78.800 % 76.400 % 78.800 % 80.000 %
 Total  73.350 %
(7)
74.900 %
(8)
72.825 %
(9)
74.025 %
(5)
75.750 %
(6)
7. 012 Isac Minna Telde swe  Tech.:  69.250 % 71.750 % 71.250 % 70.250 % 69.250 % 74.055 %
€2,031
bay / 13y. / G / SWB / Hip Hop / Master / 102ZW12 / Ekeslund Holding AB  Art.:  76.200 % 79.400 % 76.600 % 76.600 % 80.000 %
 Total  72.725 %
(9)
75.575 %
(6)
73.925 %
(6)
73.425 %
(7)
74.625 %
(8)
8. 002 Coroado Maria Caetano por  Tech.:  70.500 % 70.500 % 68.250 % 69.000 % 70.750 % 73.900 %
€1,406
11y. / S / LUSIT / Rubi / Xaquiro / 103VQ51 / Juan Manuel Cordeiro  Art.:  75.200 % 79.600 % 74.800 % 78.000 % 82.400 %
 Total  72.850 %
(8)
75.050 %
(7)
71.525 %
(10)
73.500 %
(6)
76.575 %
(5)
9. 009 Quartz of Jazz Marie Emilie Bretenoux fra  Tech.:  70.750 % 67.750 % 69.750 % 67.500 % 67.500 % 72.345 %
€781
bay / 14y. / G / SF / Lawrence / Urleven Pironniere / 104IB12 / Jean Bretenoux  Art.:  76.600 % 74.200 % 76.200 % 73.200 % 80.000 %
 Total  73.675 %
(6)
70.975 %
(10)
72.975 %
(8)
70.350 %
(11)
73.750 %
(9)
10. 013 Michigan Ulrik Moelgaard den  Tech.:  68.500 % 70.000 % 69.250 % 68.250 % 65.750 % 71.975 %
€781
bay / 17y. / G / DWB / Michellino / Unknown / 102UC82 / Claus Munkedal  Art.:  75.000 % 75.000 % 76.800 % 77.800 % 73.400 %
 Total  71.750 %
(10)
72.500 %
(9)
73.025 %
(7)
73.025 %
(8)
69.575 %
(10)
11. 011 Amorak Stephanie Brieussel fra  Tech.:  67.000 % 68.500 % 66.750 % 67.750 % 67.500 % 70.130 %
€781
bay / 13y. / G / KWPN / Special D / Inspekteur / 103ZQ10 / Stephanie Brieussel, Dominique Brie  Art.:  73.200 % 73.200 % 73.000 % 74.000 % 70.400 %
 Total  70.100 %
(11)
70.850 %
(11)
69.875 %
(11)
70.875 %
(10)
68.950 %
(11)
12. 010 Royal Rubinstein David Engelen bel  Tech.:  63.000 % 64.250 % 63.250 % 61.000 % 61.500 % 65.300 %
€781
bay / 13y. / HANN / Rubin Royal Old / Sao Paulo / 103ZK84 / David Engelen  Art.:  66.400 % 68.400 % 67.400 % 69.400 % 68.400 %
 Total  64.700 %
(12)
66.325 %
(12)
65.325 %
(12)
65.200 %
(12)
64.950 %
(12)