Cannes Confirmed For 2010 Exquis World Dressage Masters Lineup
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Cannes on the French Riviera has been confirmed for the 2010 lineup of Exquis World Dressage Masters events with the €100,000 (US$136,000) competition scheduled for June 10-13.
The WDM event that began the world’s richest dressage events in Cannes two years ago will be held at the same time as the Global Champions Tour CSI5*. The Cannes WDM competition had been in doubt because of conflicts with dates of other major dressage shows.
The glamorous Cannes competition, which was won in the inaugural year of 2008 and in 2009 by Anky van Grunsven of The Netherlands, is one of the four CDI5* competitions sponsored by Exquis, Moorlands Stables and Moorlands Investments, Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe and Jerich International.
It will also kick off the second year of the Nürnberger WDM Rider Rankings offering a bonus of €25,000 (US$34,000).
Complete information on the Exquis World Dressage Masters is available on the updated Internet site, www.worlddressagemasters.com.
“We are thrilled to be returning to Cannes which is one of the founding events along with Palm Beach in Florida; Munich, Germany and Hickstead, England,” said Anthony M. Kies, Chef Executive Officer of Exquis World Dressage Masters.
“Since the first competition at Cannes in June, 2008, the World Dressage Masters has established itself as a premier series attracting the world’s top riders and worldwide popular support. Cannes is a wonderful blend of glamor that is unique to the French Riviera and excitement of top horse sport.”
François Bourey of SEPA that organizes the Cannes event said he is delighted the Exquis World Dressage Masters will return for a third year of top competition. “The magnificent performances capped by the musical freestyle on Saturday night makes this a truly magical event and a highlight of the season on the French Riviera,” he said.
The 2010 WDM series began in Palm Beach on Feb. 4-6 where Anky van Grunsven on her Olympic mount Salinero posted her second freestyle victory, beating Steffen Peters and Ravel of the United States and Isabell Werth and Satchmo of Germany. The USA’s Leslie Morse and Tip Top won the Grand Prix Special.
The schedule for the remainder of 2010 is:
* May 13-16 in Munich, Germany;
* June 10-13 in Cannes, France, and
* July 29-Aug. 1 in Hickstead, England.
WDM at the Olympic Stadium in Munich will mark the final of the inaugural year of the Nürnberger Versicherungsgruppe Rider Rankings and its award of €25,000 (US$36,000). For the final at Munich, riders can earn double points. Points awarded are based on the regular World Ranking points of the FEI multiplied by a factor of 1.5.
Standings after Palm Beach are:Rk Name Nation Events Points 1. Anky van Grunsven NED 2 1530 2. Ashley Holzer CAN 2 1380 3. Edward Gal NED 1 1020 4. Leslie Morse USA 2 990 5. Marc Boblet FRA 2 945 6. Anja Plönzke GER 2 932 7. Adelinde Cornelissen NED 1 870 8T Catherine Haddad USA 2 855* 8T Daniel Pinto POR 2 855* 8T Laura Bechtolsheimer GBR 1 855* 11. Imke Schellekens-Bartels NED 1 780 12. Steffen Peters USA 1 765 13. Isabell Werth GER 1 660 14T Hans-Peter Minderhoud NED 1 615* 14T Kyra Kyrklund FIN 1 615* 16. Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein DEN 1 585 17. Fiona Bigwood GBR 1 570 18. Jordi Domingo ESP 1 558 19. Jeroen Devroe BEL 1 540 20. Anders Dahl DEN 1 510 21T Maria Eilberg GBR 1 495* 21T Christa Laarakkers NED 1 495* 23. Michal Rapcewicz POL 1 470 24. Mikala Munter Gundersen DEN 1 465 25. Stefan van Ingelgem BEL 1 450 26. Judy Harvey GBR 1 435* 26T Tina Konyot USA 1 435* 28. Pierre Saint Jacques USA 1 420* 28T Belinda Trussel CAN 1 420* 28T Anne van Uytert NED 1 420* 31. Evi Strasser CAN 1 405* 31T Elisabeth Austin USA 1 405* 31T Sarah Jane Elmslie GBR 1 405* 34. Jane Gregory GBR 1 390 35T Constance Menard ISR 1 375* 35T Dane Rawlins GBR 1 375* 35T Michael Barisone USA 1 375* 38T Marc Peter Spahn BEL 1 360* 38T Remy Issartel FRA 1 360* 38T Aat van Essen NED 1 360* 41T Ulla Salzgeber GER 1 285 41T Diane Creech CAN 1 285
* (in case of ex aequo situations the best individual result in the GP is decisive)
Note: WDM rider ranking is stated without warranty
Photo: Anky van Grunsven winning the 2009 Exquis World Dressage Masters Cannes for the second straight year. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com