Portugal Clinches Hickstead CDIO3* Nations Cup With Top Placings in Grand Prix Special

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João Miguel Torrao and Equador

HICKSTEAD, England, July 27, 2019–João Miguel Torrao rode Equador to a personal best score to dominate the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special Saturday and clinch Portugal’s first victory in seven years of the official team series. The event will not be formally decided until the Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday, but Portugal has an insurmountable lead in only its second Nations Cup competition.

João’s 75.787% on the 10-year-old Lusitano stallion came a day after the pair scored a personal best in the Grand Prix that led Portugal to the lead in the finale of the eight-event trans-Atlantic series. Team mate Duarte Nogueira on Beirao placed second in the Special on 71.851% that locked up the title.

Rodrigo Torres on Fogoso who placed third in the Grand Prix will represent Portgual in the Freestyle.

The standings are decided by placings–Portugal led after the Grand Prix with 12 points, with Great Britain on 15, the Netherlands on 23 and Ireland on 30.

The Netherlands’ Lucie Louws on Evito placed third in the Special on 68.723%.

Sara Gallop on Bandero was fourth and Emile Faurie on Cafe’s Caletta sixth to prevent Great Britain from moving closer to Portugal.

Portugal competed in this same event a year ago, the country’s first Nations Cup in the seven years of the series.

The series champion is Sweden for the third year in a row based on points accumulated in its best four competitions in the lineup that began in Wellington, Florida in March before moving across the Atlantic to Europe.

The top three nations for 2019 now appear certain to be Sweden first, Germany second and the United States third.

Finland’s Mikaela Soratie rode Dacor to victory in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special on a score of 68.511%.

Great Britain’s Emile Faurie on Quentano placed second on 68.489% with Lara Butler on Kristjan third on 68.213%.

Results:

CDIO3* Nations Cup Grand Prix Special

Judges-E: CHRISTOF UMBACH H: PETER HOLLER C: JEAN MICHEL ROUDIER M: MAARTEN VAN DER HEIJDEN B: STEPHEN CLARKE

Percentage (Rank)
Pl. Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1. JOAO MIGUEL TORRAO
PORFEI ID 10125907
EQUADOR
LUSITFEI ID 104YR24
78.191%
(1)
72.447%
(1)
77.447%
(1)
75.745%
(1)
75.106%
(1)
75.787%
2. DUARTE NOGUEIRA
PORFEI ID 10026372
BEIRAO
LUSITFEI ID 104RC83
72.766%
(2)
72.340%
(2)
69.787%
(2)
71.277%
(2)
73.085%
(2)
71.851%
3. LUCIE LOUWS
NEDFEI ID 10165581
EVITO
KWPNFEI ID 105XE43
69.149%
(4)
69.043%
(3)
68.830%
(3)
68.723%
(3)
67.872%
(3)
68.723%
4. SARA GALLOP
GBRFEI ID 10099115
BANDERO
KWPNFEI ID 104QR58
67.021%
(6)
68.404%
(4)
68.830%
(3)
68.617%
(4)
67.766%
(4)
68.128%
5. SASKIA MAERTENS
NEDFEI ID 10119171
LEGEND OF LOXLEY
WESTFFEI ID 104UB94
70.213%
(3)
67.340%
(7)
66.064%
(6)
68.511%
(5)
66.277%
(8)
67.681%
6. EMILE FAURIE
GBRFEI ID 10011350
CAFE’S CALETTA
OLDENFEI ID 106IG19
68.191%
(5)
66.064%
(8)
68.511%
(5)
64.894%
(7)
66.383%
(7)
66.809%
7. DANE RAWLINS
IRLFEI ID 10023774
ESPOIRE
WESTFFEI ID 104VF13
66.064%
(7)
67.766%
(6)
65.957%
(7)
64.787%
(8)
66.809%
(6)
66.277%
8 JAMES CONNOR
IRLFEI ID 10000013
CASINO ROYAL
OLDBGFEI ID 104AZ51
65.106%
(8)
68.404%
(4)
62.128%
(8)
66.915%
(6)
67.128%
(5)
65.936%

CDI3* Grand Prix Special
Judges-E: JAQUES VAN DAELE H: HANS VOSER C: MAJA STUKELJ M: JOANNE GRAHAM B: TIINA KARKKOOLAINEN

Pl. Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1. MIKAELA SORATIE
FINFEI ID 10059498
DACOR
HANNFEI ID 105HF23
67.553%
(5)
68.511%
(3)
66.915%
(4)
70.213%
(1)
69.362%
(3)
68.511%
2. EMILE FAURIE
GBRFEI ID 10011350
QUENTANO 2
HANNFEI ID 104WH68
65.319%
(8)
70.106%
(1)
67.872%
(2)
69.149%
(2)
70.000%
(1)
68.489%
3. LARA BUTLER
GBRFEI ID 10015853
KRISTJAN
OLDBGFEI ID 104PH38
67.766%
(4)
69.255%
(2)
66.277%
(7)
67.979%
(4)
69.787%
(2)
68.213%
4, VICKY THOMPSON WINFIELD
GBRFEI ID 10060406
ARTIST
DWBFEI ID 105JB06
69.787%
(1)
66.489%
(7)
67.979%
(1)
66.809%
(7)
68.511%
(4)
67.915%
5. WILLOW KEMP
GBRFEI ID 10030085
DRAGON HEART
WBFSHFEI ID 104AR94
67.128%
(6)
67.872%
(4)
66.809%
(5)
68.936%
(3)
67.340%
(8)
67.617%
6. MIGUEL RALAO DUARTE
PORFEI ID 10014853
DISTURBIO
LUSITFEI ID 104SQ10
69.574%
(2)
64.894%
(9)
66.489%
(6)
67.979%
(4)
67.979%
(5)
67.383%
7. KEITH ROBERTSON
GBRFEI ID 10138546
BOHEME AF SULSTED
DWBFEI ID 104ME60
65.745%
(7)
67.234%
(6)
67.340%
(3)
66.170%
(8)
67.447%
(7)
66.787%
8. WARWICK MCLEAN
AUSFEI ID 10016312
SIR HEINRICH M
WESTFFEI ID 104TS05
63.830%
(9)
67.553%
(5)
66.170%
(8)
67.021%
(6)
67.766%
(6)
66.468%
9. LAURA TOMLINSON
GBRFEI ID 10015803
DUVAL’S CAPRI SONNE JR
KWPNFEI ID 103SA25
68.298%
(3)
66.489%
(7)
63.085%
(9)
65.213%
(9)
67.128%
(9)
66.043%