USA’s Catherine Haddad & Cadillac Win Hickstead Grand Prix Special CDI3*, 2nd Victory in 2 Days
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
HICKSTEAD, England, July 24–The USA’s Catherine Haddad and Cadillac 35 battled the elements Friday to claim victory in the Grand Prix Special CDI3*, the second Grand Prix win in two days.
The pair, who are based in Vechta, Germany, managed intermittent rain and high winds better than the other 15 riders to post a score of 69.667 per cent, almost four percentage points higher than second placed Sarah Millis on Korenbloem O’Neil of Great Britain who scored 66.00 per cent.
Finland’s Kyra Kyrklund and Adelante came back from a low placing in Thursday’s Grand Prix to fill third place in the Special with 64.792 per cent while Kenneth Dyrby and Nanette, an American who is based in England, was fourth on 64.583 per cent. He had finished second in the Grand Prix.
Cadillac will now get a rest until the Fall. Friday’s victory was the pair’s eighth Grand Prix win of 2009, including the two at Hickstead.
The tempestuous weather was a big factor in several performances, including that of Haddad and Cadillac who were the last combination to ride.
Great Britain’s Nicola McGivern and Active Walero who were the ride before the American were scoring well above 70 per cent until gusts of wind during a transition from piaffe to passage on the centerline caused the horse to rear and her score plummeted and ended up at 64.167 per cent and sixth place.
A similar situation occurred for Haddad in the trot half pass and Cadillac cantered, for a couple of movements she was on a score that would have placed her in third place. But Haddad recovered quickly and the good piaffe and passage brought her back to the top.
“Sometimes when I ride him twice a day, like I did today, he gets tired and other days he gets high,” she said.
“Today he felt tired. At one stage I had to kick him.
“I really had to work for it today.”
High performance competition at Hickstead will move up several notches Saturday with the Grand Prix of the €100,000 (US$140,000) Exquis World Dressage Masters.
A highlight will be the first competition outside of The Netherlands since starting Grand Prix for Moorlands Totilas ridden by Edward Gal.
The “buzz” about the nine-year-old black stallion is so intense that many jumper riders from the neighboring Longines Royal International Horse Show are expected to be in the crowds at the dressage show.
For a preview of what to expect of Totilas, dressage-news.com has posted a Photo Gallery of the horse being ridden by Gal Friday.
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