Valentina Truppa & Eremo del Castegno Take WDM Cannes GP Special in First Adult Win Outside Italy

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Valentina Truppa and Eremo del Castegno. © 2010 Ken Braddick/
Valentina Truppa and Eremo del Castegno. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

CANNES, France, June 11–Valentina Truppa on Eremo del Castegno won the Exquis World Dressage Masters Grand Prix Special Friday night, the first victory outside her homeland of Italy since capturing the European Young Rider Grand Prix Freestyle in Germany in 2007.

Competing in her second WDM in a month–she finished third in the WDM CDI5* Special at Munich in May–the 24-year-old and Eremo del Castegno scored 71.042 per cent with Germans Matthias Alexander Rath on Triviant UNICEF second on 69.667 per cent and Anja Plönzke on Le Mont d’Or third on 68.792 per cent.

The two Germans were favored as Anja and Le Mont d’Or were the defending Grand Prix Special champions from 2009 and came second in the Grand Prix Thursday behind Isabell Werth and Warum Nicht, with Matthias third and Valentina in fifth place.

In vying for prize money of €30,000 (US$36,200) in the Special that was presented by Moorlands and Massa Autopneu, Valentina and her Italian-bred nine-year-old gelding were unfazed by the festive late night atmosphere following a day and night of Global Champions Tour jumping at this French Riviera resort that is a favorite of celebrities.

“Yes, we did a good job today,” Valentina said after her ride. “My horse was much more relaxed because he is better adapted to the program of the Grand Prix Special, as there is more passage and extended trot, which are the things he’s good at… thus he was naturally more relaxed.”

Italy did not qualify a team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky but Valentina will compete as an individual.

Cannes was the launching pad in 2008 for the world’s richest lineup of dressage competitions that has grown to five premier CDI5* competitions this year, each one with prize money of €100,000 (US$120,000). Falsterbo, Sweden, has been added to the calendar this year and is followed by the 2010 finale at Hickstead, England.

Cannes also kicks off the second year of the €25,000 (US$29,840) WDM Rider Award sponsored by Nürnburger Versicherungsgruppe that goes to the combination with the most points won at Cannes, Falsterbo, Sweden, and Hickstead, England in 2010 and Palm Beach, USA, and Munich, Germany in 2011.

The €60,000 ($72,400) Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Exquis World Dressage Masters and Groupe Massa will be held late Saturday night.

Highlights of the event will be broadcast by Sport1 on Saturday, June 19 at 11:45 AM and will be streamed live on the Internet at

Complete results of the Grand Prix Special:

Rank HORSE RIDER EUR Total Points Percentage
1 Eremo del Castegno Valentina  Truppa (ITA) ITA 1705.00 71.042
2 Triviant UNICEF Mathias Alexander  Rath (GER) GER 1672.00 69.667
3 Le Mont D’Or Anja  Plönzke (GER) GER 1651.00 68.792
4 Exquis Clearwater Anne  van Olst (DEN) DEN 1647.00 68.625
5 Question de Liberte Johan  Zagers (BEL) BEL 1519.00 63.292
6 Sydney Dane  Rawlins (GBR) GBR 1498.00 62.417