Inessa Merkulova & Mister X Win Moscow CDI3* Freestyle, Marina Aframeeva & Arums Take Special

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Mister X ridden by Inessa Merkulova. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

MOSCOW, NOV. 21, 2020–Inessa Merkulova and Mister X won the CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Saturday for the Russian pair’s fourth straight win this year while Marina Aframeeva on Arums took the Grand Prix Special.

Inessa and the 16-year-old Russian-bred Trakehner gelding were awarded 79.335% for the win, the highest score for a musical performance in more than three years. The combination competed at the 2016 Olympics, 2018 and 2014 World Equestrian Games, five World Cup Finals from 2014 through 2018 and 2015 and 2017 European Championships.

Marina Aframeeva and Arums, 11-year-old Latvian gelding owned by Inessa Merkulova, won the Special on 71.106%.

The Special was the first for the combination since Marina began competing Arums this year. She had ridden the horse at Small Tour in 2016.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges-Е: ELISEEVA-RUS Н: SALEH-FRA C: MARTYANOVA-RUS М: DZHUMADZHUK-UKR В: RUBASHKO-BLR

Pl.    

Rider

Nation  

Horse

         

Е

Н

С

М

В

     

Total

 
             

 

   

 

   

%

 

1

   

Marina

AFRAMEEVA

RUS

 

ARUMS

           

69,681

1

 

72,979

1

 

70,213

1

 

72,979

1

 

69,681

1

     

71,106

 

2

   

Polina

AFANASIEVA

RUS

 

FRAPPUCCINO M

           

67,660

2

 

67,979

2

 

67,766

2

 

69,468

2

 

68,723

2

     

68,319

 

3

   

Ekaterina

VOLONCHUNAS

RUS

 

LOUISE LA BELLE

           

64,362

3

 

62,128

4

 

66,702

4

 

65,638

3

 

62,766

4

     

64,319

 

4

   

Inessa

MERKULOVA

RUS

 

BORZ

           

63,191

4

 

62,979

3

 

67,340

3

 

64,574

4

 

63,511

3

     

64,319

 
 
 

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges-Е: RUBASHKO-BLR Н: ROMANOV-RUS С: ELISEEVA-RUS M: SALEH-FRA B: DZHUMADZHUK-UKR

Pl.    

Rider

Nation

Horse

       

E

H

C

M

В

 

 

Total

 
   

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

 

     

1

   

Inessa

MERКULOVA

RUS

MISTER X

           

80,675

1

   

77,250

1

   

79,875

1

   

78,625

1

   

80,250

1

     

79,335

 

2

   

Olga

IVANOVA

RUS

AVANS

           

72,050

2

   

70,875

2

   

68,375

4

   

71,750

2

   

71,875

2

     

70,985

 

3

   

Marina

AFRAMEEVA

RUS

UPGRADE

           

70,700

3

   

66,625

4

   

70,125

2

   

70,125

3

   

71,225

3

     

69,760

 

4

   

Anastasiya

VOLKOVA

RUS

ACAPULCO

           

70,675

4

   

70,500

3

   

70,000

3

   

69,125

4

   

67,475

4

     

69,555