Victoria Max-Theurer & Della Cavalleria Win Aachen St. Georges, Caroline Roffman & Her Highness 7th

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Caroline Roffman holding back tears as she leaves the arena after her debut appearance at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Caroline Roffman holding back tears as she leaves the arena after her debut appearance at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, June 26–Austrian Olympian Victoria Max-Theurer rode Della Cavalleria OLD to victory in the Prix St. Georges Wednesday while 24-year-old American Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O competing for the first time at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO placed seventh on a second best ever score of 71.026 per cent.

Caroline of Wellington, Florida held back tears of relief until she made it out of the Deutsche Bank dressage arena, saying that despite her best efforts to treat it as just another horse show she found the experience “terrifying” and “overwhelming.”

Vici Max-Theurer and the 10-year-old mare (Diamond Hit x Rubinstein) scored 74.421 per cent for the win with Swedish Olympian Patrik Kittel and the home-bred Deja second on 74.368 per cent and German superstar Isabell Werth and Lezard 12 in third on 74.053. The top eight places were above 70 per cent.

Caroline and the 10-year-old Hanoverian mare (Hohenstein x Welmeyer) was a broodmare in a field just 2 1/2 years ago, were the first ride in the class which was also the first event on the 2013 dressage schedule at the world’s foremost horse show.

Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Caroline Roffman and Her Highness O. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

In an otherwise well ridden test, the pair made a costly mistake in the three-tempi changes.

Caroline, who will ride Sagacious as the first American combination ever to compete in the highly competitive Under-25 Division, said of competing in the imposing stadium, “I didn’t know I could be that scared. It was terrifying. The warmup, thousands of people in the stands.

“After the ride I was shaking. I’m usually so calm. But it was overwhelming. I was a blubbering, shuddering mass after.

“You can’t reproduce it to practise for it. There’s no show like it anywhere. It’s awesome.

“The best part was that the horse went in and did what she could do.

“Now, it’s over I wouldn’t change anything. ”

Judge E: Susie Hoevenaars (AUS) Judge H: Thomas Lang (AUT Judge C: Freddy Leyman (BEL)
Judge M: C. Umbach (LUX) Judge B: Martin Richenhagen (GER)

Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
EUR Judge E Judge H Judge C Judge M Judge B Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 Della Cavalleria OLD – OLDBG
M \ Bay \ 2003 \ Diamond Hit x Rubinstein I
AUT
1300 71.316 72.500 75.526 76.579 76.184 74.421
Victoria  Max-Theurer
Elisabeth Max-Theurer
( 6 ) ( 2 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 )
2 Deja – SWB
M \ Bay \ 2004 \ Silvano x Don Schufro
SWE
900 77.368 72.500 72.500 74.868 74.605 74.368
Patrik  Kittel
Marie Harward
( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 )
3 Lezard 12 – RHEIN
G \ Chestnut \ 2005 \ Lord Loxley x Riccione
GER
600 71.579 74.737 73.289 73.947 76.711 74.053
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze
( 4 ) ( 1 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 1 )
4 Polka Hit Nexen – DWB
M \ Bay \ 2002 \ Sandro Hit x Temple Wind
DEN
400 75.526 72.500 72.368 72.368 68.947 72.342
Andreas  Helgstrand
Frederikshvile A/s Berit Nielsen
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 5 ) ( 6 ) ( 7 )
5 Cote d´Azur TSF – TRAK
M \ Bay \ 2004 \ Cadeau x Patricius xx
GER
200 72.632 70.526 71.974 71.184 69.868 71.237
Helen  Langehanenberg
Margit Eisner
( 3 ) ( 7 ) ( 7 ) ( 10 ) ( 6 )
6 Damon Jerome NRW – RHEIN
S \ Chestnut \ 2005 \ Damon Hill x Guy Laroche
GER
160 71.579 70.658 72.500 73.947 66.842 71.105
Uta  Gräf
Prof.Dr. Thomas Hitschold
( 4 ) ( 6 ) ( 3 ) ( 3 ) ( 10 )
7 Her Highness O – HANN
M \ Black \ 2003 \ Hohenstein x Weltmeyer
USA
110 68.553 69.605 69.474 73.421 74.079 71.026
Caroline  Roffman
Caroline Roffman
( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 9 ) ( 5 ) ( 4 )
8 Powerfee GB – OLDBG
M \ DarkBay \ 2002 \ Ruiz Soler x Warkant
ESP
110 71.053 69.079 70.526 71.974 70.921 70.711
Borja  Carrascosa
Hof Kasselmann KG
( 7 ) ( 10 ) ( 8 ) ( 8 ) ( 5 )
9 Diamond Girl 11 – WESTF
M \ Chestnut \ 2003 \ Diamond Hit x Liberty M
GER
110 70.789 71.579 67.763 71.316 67.368 69.763
Nadine  Capellmann
Nadine Capellmann
( 8 ) ( 5 ) ( 10 ) ( 9 ) ( 8 )
10 Darlings Dream – CH
\ DarkChestnut \ 2002 \ Day Dream x Acapulco
DEN
110 67.763 70.263 72.368 72.237 66.053 69.737
Anna  Kasprzak
Kasprzak Family
( 10 ) ( 8 ) ( 5 ) ( 7 ) ( 13 )
11 Danilo – HANN
G \ Black \ 2004 \ De Niro x Andiamo
USA
67.500 67.500 67.105 68.421 66.974 67.500
Shelly  Francis
Patricia A. Stempel
( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 9 )
12 Wasabi OLD – OLDBG
G \ DarkBay \ 2005 \ Welt Hit IV x Lancer I
GER
63.947 68.684 66.053 69.342 66.447 66.895
Victoria  Michalke
Victoria Michalke
( 14 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 )
13 Rash 2 – OLDBG
G \ Black \ 2003 \ Ron William x Cordeur
FIN
65.789 66.447 65.921 67.895 66.711 66.553
Terhi  Stegars
Tanja Kayser
( 13 ) ( 13 ) ( 13 ) ( 13 ) ( 11 )
14 Kingsley Badari – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2006 \ Gribaldi
NED
67.500 65.526 65.132 65.395 65.789 65.868
Danielle  Heijkoop
D. Heijkoop
( 11 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 ) ( 14 )