Charlotte Dujardin & Freestyle Win Keysoe CDI3* Grand Prix Special On Another Personal Best Score

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Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St. John Freestyle. File photo. © 2020 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

KEYSOE, England, Oct. 10, 2020–Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St. John Freestyle won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday with a personal best score for the second day in a row for Britain’s top ranked combination and No. 6 in the world.

Charlotte and the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare were awarded 84.149%, easily beating the pair’s previous best of 82.979% set in June last year. The Grand Prix Special, the duo’s fifth in 2 1/2 years at Big Tour, will be vital at the Tokyo Olympic Games delayed for a year until next summer as it will decide team medals.

Charlotte and Freestyle (Fidermark x Donnerhall) posted a personal best 83.196% in the Grand Prix Friday that was the first international competition for the partnership since January in a year devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. This competition was the first CDI in Great Britain since March, with six events scheduled over the spring and summer canceled.

Gio that Charlotte rode to runner-up in the horse’s debut Grand Prix will compete in the Freestyle.

The Special score–that included 11 marks of 10, two more than in the Grand Prix–was the highest in the world since the European Championships 14 months ago when both Isabell Werth on Bella Rose posted 86.520% and Dorothee Schneider on Showtime turned in 85.456%.

Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca, a British team combination, placed second on 78.979%, also a personal best for the second day in a row. The previous best for Gareth and the 14-year-old KWPN mare was 78.085% set at the 2019 Europeans. Their Grand Prix was a personal best 77.674%, surpassing the previous high of 76.351%.

Carl Hester, Charlotte’s long time coach, was third on En Vogue on 78.425%. The 11-year-old KWPN gelding, owned by Charlotte, made its international debut at this show.

Sonnar Murray Brown and Erlentanz TSF that was competed by Charlotte for four months last year after the rider was injured, were fourth on 74.681%.

Results

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: E: Anne Prain-FRA H: Lars Andersson-SWE C: Raphaël Saleh-FRA M: Peter Holler-GER B: Mary A. Robins-NZL

Pl.   Rider   Horse  Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B Total
1     Mount St John FreestyleMare / HANN / Dark Brown / 2009 / Fidermark x Donnerhall 11 / Kurz, Stephan / Emma Blundell, Jill Blundell 86.064   1 84.043   1 82.340   1 82.340    1 85.957   1 84.149
2     Classic BriolincaMare / KWPN / Bright Bay / 2006 / Trento B x Royal Dance / Gebr Van Der Steen, Den Dungen / Julia Hornig, Gareth Hughes, Rebecca Hughes, Ruby Hughes 78.511    3 78.617    3 77.872   3 81.915    2 77.979   3 78.979
3     En VogueGelding / KWPN / Bay / 2009 / / A Van De Goor / Charlotte Dujardin 78.617   2 79.149    2 78.191   2 77.979    3 78.191   2 78.425
Not placed
4     Erlentanz TsfGelding / TRAK / Bay / 2007 / Latimer x Benz / Ingrid Lejeune Dirichlet / Sonnar Murray Brown 72.447   5 75.213    4 74.043   4 75.213    4 76.489   4 74.681
5     Dono Di Maggio OldGelding / OLDBG / Bay / 2007 / Dimaggio x Santander H / Heinisch, Gabriele / Theodora Livanos, Emile Faurie 74.043   4 72.553    5 71.809   5 75.000   5 76.383   5 73.958
6     Into The BlueGelding / AES / Roan / 2006 / Ublesco x Calvaro Z / John & Clare Whitaker / Louise Anne Bell, Tonya Wood, John Walton, Alison Walton, William Wood 70.319   6 67.340    7 68.085   6 69.149    6 68.191   6 68.617
7     Grand Voice JrmfStallion / KWPN / Black (Noir) / 2011 / Charmeur x Voice / / Sarl Elevage Des Deux Charmes 66.170   7 68.298    6 66.809   7 67.766    8 66.383   8 67.085
8     Chevalier OGelding / KWPN / Bay / 2007 / Lord Leatherdale x Negro / M.A.C. Oostendorp, Snelrewaard / Juliet Leighton 64.468   8 65.426    9 64.574   8 67.021    9 67.340   7 65.766
9     Boheme af SulstedGelding / DWB / Chestnut / 2004 / Bernstein Las Marismas x Mar-KI / Inge Og Peder Dahl, Sulsted / Keith Robertson 63.830   9 66.383    8 63.085   9 68.723    7 66.383   8 65.681
10     DutchmanGelding / KWPN / Bay / 2008 / Jazz / J. Muilwijk / Alex Baker, Carol Baker, Tim Baker, Daniel Champion 63.191    10 64.894   10 62.766   10 63.617    10 64.894   10 63.872
11     CadensGelding / HANN / Bay / 2007 / / Dr. Carsten Haack / Rachel Dowley 58.957   11 56.830   11 59.596   11 58.851    11 59.383    11 58.723
12     CleverboyGelding / KWPN / Black / 2007 / / G Gijsbers / Bronte Watson           RET