Victoria Max-Theurer & Benaglio Win Cappeln CDI4* Grand Prix, Japan’s Hiroyuki Kitahara & Huracan Second for Best Career Place

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Victoria Max-Theurer on Benaglio in the Cappeln CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

CAPPELN, Germany, July 26, 2019–Victoria Max-Theurer and Benaglio won the CDI4* Grand Prix Friday for the first victory by the four-time Olympian on the Oldenburg gelding.

Victoria who rides for Austria and the 11-year-old that began Grand Prix in April scored 70.087% for the win at her home venue in what was their ninth start at Big Tour.

Japan’s Hiroyuki Kitahara rode Huracan to second on a score of 69.696%, a personal best and the highest placing for the duo since being partnered at Big Tour in May last year.

Hiroyuki, who rode for Japan at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, is aiming the 11-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding for the Japanese team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The horse is owned by the Japan Racing Association.

Austria’s Stefan Lehfellner on Fackeltanz placed third on 68.957%.

Hiroyuki Kitahara and Huracan in the Cappeln CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The competition was rescheduled for Friday night to avoid high temperatures that have impacted much of Europe this week.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix
Judges: Cesar Torrente Dr. Evi Eisenhardt Susanne Baarup Alice Schwab Dietrich Plewa
Pl. Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 70.087 AUT Victoria Max-Theurer Benaglio 70.326 71.413 70.543 71.196 66.957
2. 69.696 JPN Hiroyuki Kitahara Huracan 10 69.239 71.196 70.435 68.370 69.239
3. 68.957 AUT Stefan Lehfellner Fackeltanz OLD 66.413 68.696 71.196 69.239 69.239
4. 68.478 GER Juliette Piotrowski Sir Diamond 67.717 70.000 68.152 67.500 69.022
5. 68.043 BER Annabelle Collins Joyero VG 68.043 67.826 67.826 69.022 67.500
6. 66.130 NED Margo Timmermans Catch Me 66.848 66.848 65.761 67.717 63.478
7. 65.239 USA Susan Dutta Figeac DC 64.022 65.543 64.565 65.870 66.196
8. 65.174 GER Sabine Rüben Double Joy 4 66.196 66.630 62.609 65.000 65.435
9. 65.087 IND Shruti Vora Denightron 65.326 65.652 64.891 64.565 65.000
10. 62.718 RSA Laurienne Dittmann Don Weltino K 63.261 60.761 63.696 63.696 62.174
SC. AUS Simone Pearce Scolari 4