Update–Uzzo Posts 1st International Grand Prix Victory at Saumur CDI3*

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Uzzo with Patrick van der Meer aboard. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

SAUMUR, France, Sept. 25–Uzzo, the world champion five-year-old in 2006, was ridden by Patrick van der Meer in his first international Grand Prix to win at La Grande Semaine de Saumur CDI3*. The pair were second in the Grand Prix Special with major disparities in the scores for the top placings.

The Dutch rider who piloted the youngster to the world title at Verden, Germany, on Saturday rode the 10-year-old KWPN gelding to a score of 68.617 per cent, narrowly edging out Denmark’s Anders Dahl on Bukowski who scored 68.535 per cent for second place with Great Britain’s Sarah Millis on HP Frontier in third on 66.404 per cent.

Uzzo is by the stallion Lancet that Emma Hindle rode in the 2008 Olympics and the 2009 European Championships for the silver medal British team. The stallion was ridden by Imke Schellekens-Bartels for the Dutch team at the 2004 Athens Games.

The Grand Prix Special on Sunday was won by France’s Jessica Michel on Riwera with a score of 69.208 per cent while Uzzo and Patrick were second on 69.032 per cent and Sarah Millis on HP Frontier third on 68.229 per cent.

Jessica and Riwera received a high score of 71.563 per cent, one score of 70 and two of 69 and a low score of 64.896 per cent. Two judges placed the pair first, one second and two third.

Patrick and Uzzo received a high score of 72.292 per cent, three scores between between 67 and 70 and a low of 65.521 per cent. The pair were placed first by one judge and second by the other four.

Great Britain’s Gareth Hughes and Classic Sandman placed fourth overall with 67.229 per cent that included a low score of 62.292 and a high score of 72.292 per cent, with the high score placing the pair first and the low placing them eighth.

Anders Dahl and Bukowski won the Freestyle on 73.050 per cent, Germany’s Kim Jesse on Charming 8 were second on 71.400 per cent and Maria Caetano of Portugal on Xiripiti third on 70.075 per cent.

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