Charlotte Dujardin & Valegro Post 2nd Highest Ever Grand Prix Score in Winning London Olympia

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Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

 

LONDON, Dec. 16, 2013–Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro posted the second highest Grand Prix score ever of 84.851 per cent in winning the London Olympia World Cup Grand Prix Monday, just 1.091 per cent below the British double Olympic gold medal pair’s world record.

The result for Charlotte and the 11-year-old KWPN gelding eclipsed the 84.447 per cent the partnership posted at this same event a year ago but not enough to exceed the 85.942 per cent world record set at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark in August. Monday’s ride included nine marks of 10.

This iconic Christmas show was their first CDI since the Europeans and has been on their calendar for each of the three years the pair has competed at Grand Prix.

Edward Gal of the Netherlands and Glock’s Undercover were runnersup with 80.383 per cent, below their best result of 81.763 per cent the pair set at the Europeans. The Dutch rider has a special place in the hearts of British fans for his success with the black superstar stallion Totilas on which he still holds the world Freestyle record of 92.300 per cent set at this same show in 2009.

Danielle Heijkoop and Kingsley Siro, the rising Dutch stars, placed third with 76.383 per cent, that was the best result for the pair at any Grand Prix level.

Danielle and the 14-year-old KWPN gelding, coached by the legendary Anky van Grunsven, began their senior Grand Prix career 18 months ago after success in the Under-25 Division.

Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby placed fourth on 74.702 per cent. The horse was retired from Danish team competition at the Europeans.

In fifth place was Great Britain’s Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi, logging a personal best Grand Prix score of 74.106 per cent that surpassed their previous high of 73.00 per cent at Hartpury, England in July.

Michael and the 11-year-old British-bred gray mare (Dimaggio x West Wall), completing their second year at Grand Prix, were the center of a scoring controvery in the Nations Cup at the European Championships in August because of a wide disparity in scores that could have dropped the Britain team to bronze instead of silver.

Finland’s Terhi Stegars and Axis TSF also posted a personal best of 72.021 per cent, nipping their previous high of 72.000 per cent at Paris just two weeks ago.

The Freestyle is scheduled for Tuesday night and will be the halfway mark in the World Cup Western European League calendar of eight competitions to qualify for the Final in Lyon, France in April.

Results:

GRAND PRIX

Placed competitors (E) (H) (C) (M) (B) Total
 
1. 9 Valegro Du Jardin, Charlotte GBR 2700.00 EUR 395.0 412.5 396.5 403.5 386.5 1994.0 points show score sheet
bay G /Negro/102UB51/ Mr C Hester, Mrs R Luard 84.042 % 87.766 % 84.362 % 85.851 % 82.234 % 84.851 %
1. 1. 1. 1. 1.
 
2. 16 Glock’s Undercover Gal, Edward NED 2000.00 EUR 379.0 368.0 390.5 377.5 374.0 1889.0 points show score sheet
black 12y.G /Ferro/Donnerhall/KWPN/103MH20/ GHPC Holding BV 80.638 % 78.298 % 83.085 % 80.319 % 79.574 % 80.383 %
2. 2. 2. 2. 2.
 
3. 17 Kingsley Siro Heijkoop, Danielle NED 1300.00 EUR 374.0 357.5 369.0 340.0 357.0 1797.5 points show score sheet
black 14y.G /Gribaldi/Hemmingway/KWPN/102NZ55/ D. Heykoop 79.574 % 76.063 % 78.510 % 72.340 % 75.957 % 76.489 %
3. 3. 3. 6. 3.
 
4. 5 Digby Sayn-Wittgenstein, Nathalie zu DEN 1000.00 EUR 365.5 348.5 347.0 341.5 353.0 1755.5 points show score sheet
dbay 16y.G /Donnerhall/Sandro/DWB/DEN02670/ Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein 77.766 % 74.149 % 73.830 % 72.659 % 75.106 % 74.702 %
4. 4. 5. 5. 4.
 
5. 10 Half Moon Delphi Eilberg, Michael GBR 900.00 EUR 353.0 345.0 354.0 342.0 347.5 1741.5 points show score sheet
grey 11y.M /Dimaggio/HANN/103LB61/ Mrs J L Deverill 75.106 % 73.404 % 75.319 % 72.766 % 73.936 % 74.106 %
5. 5. 4. 4. 5.
 
6. 8 Noble Dream Concept Sol Boblet, Marc FRA 800.00 EUR 337.0 342.0 335.0 342.5 347.5 1704.0 points show score sheet
black 11y.M /Caprimond (de) Trak/OLDBG/FRA43253/ Laura Dallara -Jean-Louis Dallar 71.702 % 72.766 % 71.277 % 72.873 % 73.937 % 72.511 %
7. 6. 8. 3. 5.
 
7. 7 Axis TSF Stegars, Terhi FIN 700.00 EUR 347.5 337.0 339.5 335.0 333.5 1692.5 points show score sheet
black 14y.S /Sixtus/Angard/TRAK/GER44244/ Terhi Stegars 73.936 % 71.702 % 72.234 % 71.276 % 70.957 % 72.021 %
6. 8. 6. 7. 8.
 
8. 4 Wie-Atlantico de Ymas Dahl, Anders DEN 600.00 EUR 336.5 329.0 331.0 328.0 334.5 1659.0 points show score sheet
chest 14y.G /Wie Weltmeyer/Rondo/HANN/ESP03716/ Bigwood,Penny 71.596 % 70.000 % 70.426 % 69.787 % 71.170 % 70.596 %
8. 12. 9. 10. 7.
 
Other, non-placed competitors
 
9. 2 Sandro Boy 9 Oatley, Lyndal AUS 328.0 322.5 336.5 334.0 329.0 1650.0 points show score sheet
bay 12y.S /Sandro Hit/Argentinus/OLDBG/103FQ47/ Carol & Andrew Oatley 69.787 % 68.617 % 71.596 % 71.064 % 70.000 % 70.213 %
11. 13. 7. 8. 9.
 
10. 13 Fine Time 13 Hester, Carl GBR 330.5 335.5 321.0 328.5 327.0 1642.5 points show score sheet
chest 12y.S /Florestan I/Weinberg/WESTF/GER43406/ Mrs J A Green 70.320 % 71.383 % 68.298 % 69.894 % 69.575 % 69.894 %
10. 9. 16. 9. 10.
 
11. 1 Jaybee Alabaster Beresford, Hayley AUS 332.5 330.5 324.0 326.5 327.0 1640.5 points show score sheet
chest 14y.S /Alabaster/Glorieux/HANN/AUS01433/ Edwards,Beverly & Beresford,Heyley 70.745 % 70.320 % 68.937 % 69.469 % 69.575 % 69.809 %
9. 11. 12. 11. 10.
 
12. 12 Andretti H Griffith, Lara GBR 326.5 335.0 322.5 325.5 323.5 1633.0 points show score sheet
bay 18y.G /Aarking xx/Cavalier/HANN/ITA08433/ Bechtolsheimer,Dr Wilfried+Ursula 69.468 % 71.276 % 68.617 % 69.255 % 68.829 % 69.489 %
12. 10. 14. 13. 13.
 
13. 18 Glock’s Romanov Minderhoud, Hans Peter NED 324.0 342.0 323.0 314.5 323.0 1626.5 points show score sheet
bay 13y.S /Rohdiamant/Grundstein II/OLDBG/DEN40408/ Glock’s Holding BV 68.936 % 72.766 % 68.724 % 66.915 % 68.724 % 69.213 %
13. 6. 13. 17. 15.
 
14. 3 Vradin Missiaen, Simon BEL 319.0 321.0 328.0 326.0 324.5 1618.5 points show score sheet
bay 11y.M /Gribaldi/Michelangelo/KWPN/102YA81/ Missiaen Roland 67.872 % 68.298 % 69.787 % 69.361 % 69.042 % 68.872 %
15. 14. 10. 12. 12.
 
15. 11 Topolino Faurie, Emile GBR 309.5 320.0 325.0 316.0 323.5 1594.0 points show score sheet
dbay 13y.G /Tip Top/102OI25/ Mrs J Bradley 65.851 % 68.085 % 69.149 % 67.234 % 68.830 % 67.830 %
16. 15. 11. 16. 13.
 
16. 19 Fleetwood Hamilton, Malin SWE 319.5 315.0 322.5 318.5 315.5 1591.0 points show score sheet
bay 14y.G /Florestan I/Bormio xx/WESTF/SWE40906/ Malin Hamilton 67.979 % 67.021 % 68.617 % 67.766 % 67.128 % 67.702 %
14. 17. 14. 15. 16.
 
17. 15 Pompidou Tong, Roland IRL 299.5 318.0 310.5 319.0 310.0 1557.0 points show score sheet
bay 15y.G /Prinz Wilhelm/GBR42189/ Mrs S Wrigley 63.723 % 67.659 % 66.064 % 67.872 % 65.957 % 66.255 %
17. 16. 17. 14. 17.
 
18. 14 Reve d’Or Dwyer, Kate IRL disqualified
bay 15y.S /Flemmingh/Statuar/KWPN/BEL10444/ Maureen Dwyer & Maeve Buttlerly
 

 

Data of competition:
 
 Judges: (E)  I.Judet (FRA)  Total prize money:
€10,000
(H)  I.Wessels (GBR)
(C)  E.d.Wolff v. Westerr
(M)  A.Gardner (GBR)
(B)  S.Baarup (DEN)