Laura Graves & Verdades Stars as Runnerup in First Ever Start in Europe, Schindlhof CDI4* Grand Prix Won by Victoria Max-Theurer & Blind Date

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Laura Graves on Verdades competing in their first European competition inwhich they placed second. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Laura Graves on Verdades competing in their first European competition inwhich they placed second. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

FRITZENS, Austria, July 4, 2014–Laura Graves, America’s youngest star, and her Verdades starred in their first competition in Europe by placing second behind Austria’s favorite rider, Victoria Max-Theurer on Blind Date, in the Schindlhof CDI4* Grand Prix Friday.

On a hot and humid Fourth of July that was more like Florida than the Tyrol mountain region, Victoria and Blind Date scored 74.500 per cent while the 26-year-old Laura and Verdades were second on 73.380 per cent and German Olympic rider Dorothee Schneider and UllrichEquine’s St. Emilion were third on 71.460 per cent.

Victoria, a three-time Olympian for Austria, was placed first by three of the five judges while Laura, two years younger, was placed first by two though Thomas Lang, the sole Austrian on the panel awarded the American the lowest score by far, 71.400 per cent while the highest score, 75.200 per cent, came from Katrina Wüst of Germany.

Victoria Max-Theurer and Blind Date in the Schindlhof CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Victoria Max-Theurer and Blind Date in the Schindlhof CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The top finishes for Laura of Geneva, Florida and the 12-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding and Steffen Peters of San Diego, California and Legolas at the U.S. championships automatically qualified them to the American World Equestrian Games team.

The other six combinaions battling for the other two places for Normandy, France at the end of next month are also competing here–Laura and three others in the Grand Prix for the Special Friday and Steffen and the other three in the Grand Prix for the Freestyle Saturday.

Shelly Francis of Loxahatchee, Florida and Doktor placed fifth on 70.460 per cent while Caroline Roffman of Wellington, Florida and Her Highness O were 11th with 68.940 per cent and Lisa Wilcox also of Wellington and Denzello 16th on 67.660 per cent.

Jan Ebeling of Moorpark, California and Rafalca, Adrienne Lyle of Ketchum, Idaho and Tina Konyot of Palm City, Florida and Calecto V will ride in the Grand Prix with Steffen Saturday.

Shelly Francis and Doktor competing in the Schindlhof CDI4* grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Shelly Francis and Doktor competing in the Schindlhof CDI4* grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Laura said she was not nervous before the ride and Verdades, who had been spooky since he arrived three days ago at this spectacularly beautiful Alpine estate at an elevation of 2,300 feet (700m) was “happy as a clam and no spooking.”

The weather Friday was like Florida, so she had to change her plans for a longer warmup. It turned out the 29 minutes of warmup was perfect.

“I wasn’t nervous at all today,” she said. “It’s a weird position I’m in. I know I’m safe, but I know things are expected of me.

“I’m so glad we could deliver and I want to continue to get better.

“Maybe not this year, but I feel it in him that he could scratch 80 percent. If today was a 73 I know how much better he can be.”

Laura laughed that although she’s a rookie in Europe she’s been “spoiled rotten” at this show–showered with jewelry from the Swarovski family that organizes it, lots of carrots for the horses.

“I may never go back,” she joked.

Swarovski jewelry and the crystal encrusted saddle pad in the gift bag for riders at the Schind;hof CDI4*. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Swarovski jewelry and the crystal encrusted saddle pad in the gift bag for riders at the Schind;hof CDI4*. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Neither she nor fellow riders Adrienne Lyle and Caroline Roffman have grooms so they’ve been helping each other.

Steffen Peters has been giving her coaching help, she said, “in such a caring way that he never makes you feel like he’s stepping on your toes.”

“I feel more confident,” she said. “There was more confidence after Gladstone. When I came over here it was a whole new learning curve–even small things like you have to bring your own numbers.

“But the competition level is really high. I’m so excited to go to Aachen (in two weeks) where it will be the best and then the WEG where it will be the best of all.

(Correction: An earlier version had Shelly Francis and Doktor in 6th place. However, a change in the official results increased her score and moved her up to fifth place.)

Results:

Grand Prix for Special

Placed competitors (E) (H) (C) (M) (B) Total
 
1. 5 Blind Date Max-Theurer, Victoria AUT 2200.00 EUR 374.0 376.5 379.0 367.0 366.0 1862.5 points show score sheet
F 12y.S /Breitling W/Donnerhall/HANN/GER43435/ Gestüt Vorwerk, Elisabeth Max-Theu 74.800 % 75.300 % 75.800 % 73.400 % 73.200 % 74.500 %
2. 1. 1. 1. 2.
 
2. 72 Verdades Graves, Laura USA 1400.00 EUR 376.0 357.0 368.5 365.5 367.5 1834.5 points show score sheet
B 12y.W /Florett As/Goya/KWPN/103CK84/ Laura Graves 75.200 % 71.400 % 73.700 % 73.100 % 73.500 % 73.380 %
1. 2. 2. 2. 1.
 
3. 69 UllrichEquine’s St. Emilion Schneider, Dorothee GER 1000.00 EUR 364.5 351.0 362.5 359.0 349.5 1786.5 points show score sheet
R 9y.H /Sandro Hit/Ehrenwort/WESTF/103HL99/ Ullrich,Christina 72.900 % 70.200 % 72.500 % 71.800 % 69.900 % 71.460 %
3. 4. 4. 4. 7.
 
4. 32 Hicksteadt Carrascosa, Borja ESP 800.00 EUR 360.5 341.0 364.0 357.5 351.5 1774.5 points show score sheet
B 11y.W /Hudson/Walt Diesney/DT.SP./103ZI47/ Bauer, Gudrun 72.100 % 68.200 % 72.800 % 71.500 % 70.300 % 70.980 %
5. 12. 3. 5. 4.
 
5. 17 Doktor Francis, Shelly USA 500.00 EUR 349.0 349.5 354.5 356.0 352.5 1761.5 points show score sheet
B 11y.W /Diamond Hit/Renoir I/OLD/103DA58/ Patricia A. Stempel 69.800 % 69.900 % 70.900 % 71.200 % 70.500 % 70.460 %
9. 6. 6. 7. 3.
 
6. 58 Sancette Hanna, Mary AUS 400.00 EUR 350.5 352.0 354.5 360.5 343.0 1760.5 points show score sheet
B 13y.W /Sandro Hit/Contender/HANN/USA41094/ Hanna,Mary 70.100 % 70.400 % 70.900 % 72.100 % 68.600 % 70.420 %
7. 3. 6. 3. 14.
 
7. 80 Wunderkind Weihermüller, Stefanie GER 300.00 EUR 356.0 345.5 351.0 357.0 348.0 1757.5 points show score sheet
B 11y.W /Sydney/Elcaro/KWPN/103DC80/ Weihermüller Dr.,Michael 71.200 % 69.100 % 70.200 % 71.400 % 69.600 % 70.300 %
6. 7. 10. 6. 10.
 
8. 51 Ronan Oatley, Kristy AUS 300.00 EUR 350.0 342.0 349.0 345.5 346.0 1732.5 points show score sheet
B 14y.H /Riccione/Contender/OLD/GER26673/ BG Oatley,Robert u.Rosalind 70.000 % 68.400 % 69.800 % 69.100 % 69.200 % 69.300 %
8. 10. 11. 10. 13.
 
9. 71 Vancouver Merveldt, Anna IRL 300.00 EUR 344.0 336.5 352.5 344.5 350.0 1727.5 points show score sheet
B 12y.W /Quite Easy/Ahorn/KWPN/102VA05/ Zanella Eva 68.800 % 67.300 % 70.500 % 68.900 % 70.000 % 69.100 %
11. 15. 8. 13. 6.
 
10. 57 Rubicon D Stremler, Beata POL 300.00 EUR 362.0 334.0 355.0 339.5 334.0 1724.5 points show score sheet
R 11y.W /Rubin-Royal/Larome/RHLD/103CO27/ BG Loose u.Büttner-Loose 72.400 % 66.800 % 71.000 % 67.900 % 66.800 % 68.980 %
4. 17. 5. 15. 22.
 
Other, non-placed competitors
 
11. 30 Her Highness O Roffman, Caroline USA 343.5 342.0 338.5 352.5 347.0 1723.5 points show score sheet
R 11y.S /Hohenstein/Weltmeyer/HANN/103VF01/ Caroline Roffman 68.700 % 68.400 % 67.700 % 70.500 % 69.400 % 68.940 %
12. 10. 14. 9. 11.
 
12. 82 Zidhane van Olst, Anne DEN 340.0 350.5 346.5 336.0 349.5 1722.5 points show score sheet
SCH 10y.W /Don Ruto/Negro/KWPN/103IB08/ van Olst Horses 68.000 % 70.100 % 69.300 % 67.200 % 69.900 % 68.900 %
15. 5. 12. 17. 7.
 
13. 35 la Scala Burgess, Briana AUS 332.5 340.0 352.0 345.5 350.5 1720.5 points show score sheet
B 16y.W /Lancer II/Rembrandt/RHLD/GER41622/ Burgess, Briana 66.500 % 68.000 % 70.400 % 69.100 % 70.100 % 68.820 %
21. 13. 9. 10. 5.
 
14. 59 Sandro Boy Oatley, Lyndal AUS 336.0 343.0 331.5 353.5 346.5 1710.5 points show score sheet
B 13y.H /Sandro Hit/Argentinus/OLD/103FQ47/ Oatley,Carol u. Andrew 67.200 % 68.600 % 66.300 % 70.700 % 69.300 % 68.420 %
16. 8. 21. 8. 12.
 
15. 48 Riccoletto Kempkes, Matthias GER 342.5 336.0 339.5 334.0 341.0 1693.0 points show score sheet
F 12y.W /Rivero II/Alcatraz/BAY/103CG45/ Kempkes,Matthias 68.500 % 67.200 % 67.900 % 66.800 % 68.200 % 67.720 %
13. 16. 13. 20. 18.
 
16. 14 Denzello Wilcox, Lisa USA 336.0 343.0 332.5 338.5 341.5 1691.5 points show score sheet
B 11y.W /de Niro/Rohdiamant/HANN/103XJ85/ Betty Wells 67.200 % 68.600 % 66.500 % 67.700 % 68.300 % 67.660 %
16. 8. 19. 16. 16.
 
17. 31 Heslegaards Rolex Pujals, Bernadette MEX 347.0 330.5 330.0 345.5 335.0 1688.0 points show score sheet
SCH 11y.W /Heslegaards Rubin/Heslegaards Louis/DWB/102RD36/ Pamela Honey de Franc 69.400 % 66.100 % 66.000 % 69.100 % 67.000 % 67.520 %
10. 19. 22. 10. 20.
 
18. 16 Diamantina Tomkinson, Maree AUS 340.5 324.5 330.0 340.5 349.5 1685.0 points show score sheet
B 12y.S /Diamond Hit/Campari M/OLD/GER43563/ Maree Tomkinson & Lyn Sultana 68.100 % 64.900 % 66.000 % 68.100 % 69.900 % 67.400 %
14. 26. 22. 14. 7.
 
19. 56 Royal Rubinstein Engelen, David BEL 334.0 333.5 334.5 332.0 342.0 1676.0 points show score sheet
B 9y.H /Rubin-Royal/Sao Paulo/HANN/103ZK84/ David Engelen 66.800 % 66.700 % 66.900 % 66.400 % 68.400 % 67.040 %
20. 18. 17. 21. 15.
 
20. 41 Lucy’s Day Kosak, Karin AUT 336.0 329.5 333.0 335.5 334.5 1668.5 points show score sheet
F 13y.S /la Poco/Donnerschlag/RHEIN.R./103FP20/ Karin Kosak 67.200 % 65.900 % 66.600 % 67.100 % 66.900 % 66.740 %
16. 20. 18. 18. 21.
 
21. 73 Warbeau Staub, Hans SUI 330.5 337.0 338.0 330.5 329.5 1665.5 points show score sheet
R 13y.W /Wolkenstein II/Matcho/HANN/103EE09/ Ros Isabelle 66.100 % 67.400 % 67.600 % 66.100 % 65.900 % 66.620 %
23. 14. 15. 22. 23.
 
22. 85 Rodriguez Neumayer, Astrid AUT 325.5 329.0 326.5 335.5 341.5 1658.0 points show score sheet
B 14y.W /Rubinstern Noir/Gaspari II/BRDBG/103VJ26/ Astrid Neumayer 65.100 % 65.800 % 65.300 % 67.100 % 68.300 % 66.320 %
25. 21. 24. 18. 16.
 
23. 79 World Idol Rehbein, Karin GER 335.5 327.0 316.5 324.0 338.5 1641.5 points show score sheet
DB 13y.H /Welt Hit II/Manstein/OLD/103CS21/ Winter-Schulze,Madeleine 67.100 % 65.400 % 63.300 % 64.800 % 67.700 % 65.660 %
19. 23. 28. 24. 19.
 
24. 38 Lights of Londonderry Ayache, Alexandre FRA 331.5 327.0 337.0 322.0 318.5 1636.0 points show score sheet
F 10y.H /Londonderry (Hann)/Weltmeyer/HANN/102SN69/ J.Vesin & A. Ayche 66.300 % 65.400 % 67.400 % 64.400 % 63.700 % 65.440 %
22. 23. 16. 26. 25.
 
25. 8 Cappucino XIV Schärli, Patricia SUI 330.5 325.5 325.5 322.5 317.5 1621.5 points show score sheet
B 10y.W /Competent/Rohdiamant/OLD/102VR35/ Hofer Otto 66.100 % 65.100 % 65.100 % 64.500 % 63.500 % 64.860 %
23. 25. 25. 25. 26.
 
26. 28 Harmonia Soldi, Esther ITA 323.5 321.0 332.5 319.5 319.0 1615.5 points show score sheet
B 15y.S /POL./102QI19/ Soldi,Esther 64.700 % 64.200 % 66.500 % 63.900 % 63.800 % 64.620 %
27. 27. 19. 28. 24.
 
27. 39 Lord of Dream Slanec, Alexandra AUT 317.0 327.5 323.0 322.0 315.0 1604.5 points show score sheet
F 12y.W /Londonderry/Weltmeyer/HANN/104HQ23/ Berta Slanec 63.400 % 65.500 % 64.600 % 64.400 % 63.000 % 64.180 %
29. 22. 26. 26. 28.
 
28. 24 Elmegardens Marquis Vaughan, Joanne GEO 325.0 311.5 305.0 326.0 317.0 1584.5 points show score sheet
B 15y.W /Michellino/Lucky Light/DWB/EST40062/ Joanne Vaughan 65.000 % 62.300 % 61.000 % 65.200 % 63.400 % 63.380 %
26. 29. 30. 23. 27.
 
29. 68 Ulan Raevdal Al Shaer, Diana RUS 321.5 309.5 318.0 311.0 311.5 1571.5 points show score sheet
R 15y.H /Urprinz/Sokrates/DWB/102YI12/ Diana Al Shaer 64.300 % 61.900 % 63.600 % 62.200 % 62.300 % 62.860 %
28. 30. 27. 29. 29.
 
30. 49 Rigoletto Royal CH Häcki, Caroline SUI 300.0 315.0 316.5 300.5 305.0 1537.0 points show score sheet
F 12y.W /Rubin Royal/Donnerschlag/103VA25/ Rindlisbacher, H. & Häcki, C. 60.000 % 63.000 % 63.300 % 60.100 % 61.000 % 61.480 %
30. 28. 28. 30. 30.
 

 

Data of competition:
 
 Judges: (E)  K.Wüst (GER)  Total prize money:
€7500
(H)  T.Lang (AUT)
(C)  G.Fouarge (NED)
(M)  S.Clarke (GBR)
(B)  S.Hoevenaars (AUS)