Charlotte Jorst & Kastel’s Nintendo Win Thermal World Cup Grand Prix With Highest Score in 4 Years

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Charlotte Jorst on Kastel’s Nintendo. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Nov. 20, 2020

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo posted their highest Grand Prix score in almost four years to win the Thermal Desert Dressage World Cup Friday in their campaign to earn a start at the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden scheduled for next April.

Charlotte of Reno, Nevada and the 17-year-old KWPN stallion scored 72.261% for the win, the second highest Grand Prix result in a Big Tour career nearing seven years. The win, the second in consecutive weeks at the Desert International Horse Park, was at a score surpassed only by 73.080% the duo logged at Wellington, Florida in January 2017.

Charlotte and Nintendo are on course to go to the top of the North American League standings in the rider’s bid to be one of two combinations assured an invitation to the Final in Gothenburg where they competed in 2016.

Dawn White-O’Connor and Bailarino placed second on 66.674%. The 12-year-old Oldenburg gelding was competed by Steffen Peters through 2017. Dawn, a former assistant trainer to Steffen, first competed the horse at Big Tour in April 2019.

Carly Taylor-Smith of Somis, California on Rosalut NHF was third on 66.192%.

Results:

World Cup Grand Prix

            Judges:   Maria Colliander Kari McClain Mariette Sanders van Gansewinkel Christof Umbach Jane Weatherwax  
Pl.   Score   Nation Athlete Horse   E H C M B  
1.   72.261   USA Charlotte Jorst Kastel’s Nintendo   72.500 69.674 72.500 72.391 74.239  
2.   66.674   USA Dawn White-O’Connor Bailarino   67.065 66.304 65.543 66.413 68.043  
3.   66.391   USA Carly Taylor-Smith Rosalut NHF   65.000 67.391 66.196 67.391 65.978  
4.   65.261   USA Missy Gilliland Toledano XXXI   65.000 64.674 65.217 63.804 67.609  
5.   62.956   USA Nadine Schwartsman William   61.413 63.804 64.239 63.043 62.283  
6.   57.935   USA Katy Martin Amoret B   58.804 59.674 55.217 57.826 58.152