Carl Hester & Fine Time Take Britain to Lead in Hickstead Nations Cup After Grand Prix

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Carl Hester on Fine Time riding to personal best Grand Prix score to take Britain to lead after first phase of Hickstead Nations Cup. © 214 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Carl Hester on Fine Time riding to personal best Grand Prix score to take Britain to lead after first phase of Hickstead Nations Cup. © 214 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HICKSTEAD, England, Aug. 1, 2014–Carl Hester and Fine Time produced the best Grand Prix performance of their partnership to take Great Britain into the lead after the first phase of the year’s final Nations Cup with Denmark in second place, Sweden third, United States fourth and Germany fifth.

Carl and Fine Time also finished atop the Grand Prix with a score of 73.640 per cent and placing second on Dances With Wolves that he rode as an individual with a score of 70.240 per cent while the British-based Danish rider Anders Dahl on Wie Atlantico de Ymas third on 70.140 per cent.

This Nations Cup–the sixth in the 2014 transatlantic series that began in Wellington, Florida last winter–will be determined by the combined scores of the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special scheduled for Saturday.

The standings after the Grand Prix are: 1. Great Britain; 2. Denmark; 3. Sweden; 4. United States and 5. Germany.

Anders Dahl of Denmark on Wie Atlantico de Ymas in the Hickstead Nations Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Anders Dahl of Denmark on Wie Atlantico de Ymas in the Hickstead Nations Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Carl and the 13-year-old Westfalen stallion (Florestan 1 x Weinberg) were the second last of 32 combination into the arena after team mate Michael Eilberg on Marakov turned in a disappointing 67.760 per cent. Lara Griffiths on Andretti H was the high score of 68.080 per cent for Britain the first day.

“Fine Time is a wonderful horse and both of us were determined to go for it,” Carl said after the personal best score, surpassing the previous high of 72.511 per cent notched at this same show a year ago.

“Everyone talks about 80 per cent horses. Well, he’s 80 per cent in his head and 73 per cent in his body. He has an unbteable attitude.”

Anders and Wie Atlantico for Denmark, with only three combinations instead of fourfor Britain, Sweden and the United States that allows them a drop score, was the only other combination above 70 per cent.

With Ulrik Moelgaard and Michigan scoring 69.000 per cent and Rikke Svane on Finckenstein TSF at 68.520 per cent Denmark was less than two percentage points behind Britain.

Malin Hamilton on Fleetwood was the top placed pair for Sweden on 68.980 per cent.

For the United States, the score of 68.800 per cent for Brian Hafner of Sonoma on Lombardo LHF posted the first day of the Grand Prix held up as the highest for the team.

Katherina Bateson-Chandler on Wellnetta inthe Hickstead Nations Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Katherina Bateson-Chandler on Wellnetta inthe Hickstead Nations Cup Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Katherine Bateson-Chandler of Wellington, Florida on Wellnetta scored 67.540 per cent, Lisa Wilcox of Loxahatchee, Florida on Denzello was at 66.820 per cent and Susan Dutta, also of Wellington was at 65.620 per cent.

Nations Cup standings after the Grand Prix:

Team Rider Horse Total Percent

GBR
209.480 69.827%
NIKKI CRISP PASOA 67.280
LARA GRIFFITHS `ANDRETTI H 68.080
MICHAEL EILBERG MARAKOV 67.760
CARL HESTER FINE TIME 13 73.640

DEN
207.660 69.220%
RIKKE SVANE FINCKENSTEIN TSF 68.520
ULRIK MOELGAARD MICHIGAN 69.000
ANDERS DAHL WIE ATLANTICO DE YMAS 70.140
   

SWE
204.900 68.300%
JULIETTE RAMEL TEN POINTS 66.780
CHARLOTTE HAID BONDERGAARD TRVIANT 2 67.500
MALIN HAMILTON FLEETWOOD 68.980
MADS HENDELIO WITZ JIMMY CHOO SEQ 68.420

USA
203.160 67.720%
SUSAN DUTTA CURRENCY DC 65.620
BRIAN HAFNER LOMBARDO LHF 68.800
KATHERINE BATESON CHANDLER WELLNETTA 67.540
LISA WILCOX DENZELLO 66.820

GER
194.300 64.767%
KATHARINA BIRKENHOLZ DON ANDROSSO 65.760
BERNADETTE BRUNE SPIRIT OF THE AGEOLD 62.940
STEFANIE WEIHERMULLER WUNDERKIND 65.600
   

Complete individual results of CDIO3* Grand Prix:

Judges–E: K Kruger H: W Markowski C: S Clarke M: S Baarup B: P Engel

Percentage (Rank)
Rank Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1 CARL HESTER
GBRFEI ID 10011469
FINE TIME 13
FEI ID GER43406
76.200%
(1)
71.100%
(1)
71.900%
(1)
72.700%
(2)
76.300%
(1)
73.640%
2 CARL HESTER
GBRFEI ID 10011469
DANCES WITH WOLVES
FEI ID 103DH18
71.400%
(2)
65.100%
(15)
71.200%
(3)
70.400%
(4)
73.100%
(3)
70.240%
3 ANDERS DAHL
DENFEI ID 10016382
WIE ATLANTICO DE YMAS
FEI ID ESP307
68.600%
(6)
68.000%
(8)
70.100%
(8)
70.400%
(4)
73.600%
(2)
70.140%
4 SAMANTHA THURMAN-BAKER
GBRFEI ID 1006549
SPRING PASCAL
FEI ID 102UB79
66.800%
(17)
70.000%
(2)
71.000%
(4)
73.300%
(1)
69.200%
(5)
70.060%
5 ULRIK MOELGAARD
DENFEI ID 10079468
MICHIGAN
FEI ID 102UC82
66.600%
(18)
68.200%
(6)
70.000%
(9)
70.100%
(7)
70.100%
(4)
69.000%
6 MALIN HAMILTON
SWEFEI ID 10048035
FLEETWOOD
FEI ID SWE40906
65.200%
(21)
68.300%
(5)
69.800%
(12)
72.500%
(3)
69.100%
(7)
68.980%
7 BRIAN HAFNER
USAFEI ID 10032108
LOMBARDO LHF
FEI ID USA41057
66.600%
(18)
67.700%
(9)
71.800%
(2)
69.700%
(11)
68.200%
(9)
68.800%
8 RIKKE SVANE
DENFEI ID 10079528
FINCKENSTEIN TSF
FEI ID 103FA60
69.500%
(5)
64.100%
(17)
70.400%
(7)
70.100%
(7)
68.500%
(8)
68.520%
9 HAYLEY WATSON-GREAVES
GBRFEI ID 10088848
RUBINS NITE
FEI ID 103RB72
65.100%
(22)
68.500%
(3)
71.000%
(4)
69.500%
(13)
68.100%
(10)
68.440%
10 MADS HENDELIO WITZ
SWEFEI ID 10068316
JIMMY CHOO SEQ
FEI ID 103LX55
67.200%
(15)
67.100%
(10)
70.000%
(9)
70.000%
(10)
67.800%
(13)
68.420%
11 MADS HENDELIO WITZ
SWEFEI ID 10068316
WEIHENSTEPHANE
FEI ID 102YK53
67.900%
(8)
66.400%
(11)
70.500%
(6)
70.300%
(6)
65.700%
(21)
68.160%
12 LARA GRIFFITHS
GBRFEI ID 10015853
`ANDRETTI H
FEI ID ITA08433
69.600%
(4)
66.000%
(13)
69.400%
(13)
70.100%
(7)
65.300%
(24)
68.080%
13 MICHAEL EILBERG
GBRFEI ID 100455459
MARAKOV
FEI ID GBR42667
67.300%
(14)
65.800%
(14)
69.300%
(14)
69.600%
(12)
66.800%
(16)
67.760%
14 KATHERINE BATESON CHANDLER
USA
WELLNETTA
FEI ID 103UQ47
67.500%
(13)
66.400%
(11)
69.900%
(11)
67.700%
(15)
66.200%
(19)
67.540%
15 CHARLOTTE HAID BONDERGAARD
SWEFEI ID 10031947
TRVIANT 2
FEI ID GER41659
67.800%
(10)
68.100%
(7)
68.000%
(17)
66.500%
(20)
67.100%
(14)
67.500%
16 NIKKI CRISP
GBRFEI ID 10045617
PASOA
NRPS
67.100%
(16)
63.600%
(18)
67.800%
(18)
68.700%
(14)
69.200%
(5)
67.280%
17 LISA WILCOX
USAFEI ID 10011391
DENZELLO
FEI ID 103XJ85
65.100%
(22)
68.500%
(3)
69.100%
(15)
67.700%
(15)
63.700%
(27)
66.820%
18 JULIETTE RAMEL
SWEFEI ID 10019383
TEN POINTS
FEI ID SWE40514
71.000%
(3)
63.400%
(20)
67.200%
(19)
66.900%
(19)
65.400%
(23)
66.780%
19 RHETT BIRD
GBRFEI ID 10010328
DONZELLO
FEI ID 102QU18
64.600%
(26)
62.300%
(23)
68.600%
(16)
67.000%
(18)
66.600%
(18)
65.820%
20 KATHARINA BIRKENHOLZ
GERFEI ID 10026339
DON ANDROSSO
FEI ID GER42209
67.900%
(8)
62.100%
(24)
65.800%
(22)
66.200%
(22)
66.800%
(16)
65.760%
21 SUSAN DUTTA
USAFEI ID 10003416
CURRENCY DC
FEI ID USA10641
67.600%
(12)
59.900%
(28)
65.000%
(23)
67.600%
(17)
68.000%
(11)
65.620%
22 STEFANIE WEIHERMULLER
GERFEI ID 10032522
WUNDERKIND
FEI ID 103DC80
65.000%
(24)
64.300%
(16)
67.200%
(19)
66.000%
(24)
65.500%
(22)
65.600%
23 DANE RAWLINS
IRLFEI ID 10023774
SYDNEY
FEI ID GBR14528
65.600%
(20)
62.900%
(22)
64.700%
(27)
64.400%
(25)
67.100%
(14)
64.940%
24 LESLEY PEYTON GILBERT
GBRFEI ID 10093457
GARUDA K
FEI ID 103UT25
62.600%
(30)
61.500%
(26)
65.000%
(23)
66.300%
(21)
67.900%
(12)
64.660%
25 HANNAH BIGGS
GBRFEI ID 10045461
WELTZIN
FEI ID GBR42668
68.100%
(7)
59.400%
(30)
66.300%
(21)
64.000%
(27)
65.100%
(25)
64.580%
26 ALICE OPPENHEIMER
GBRFEI ID 10057068
HEADMORE DELEGATE
FEI ID 103DS86
67.800%
(10)
59.800%
(29)
64.900%
(26)
66.200%
(22)
63.200%
(29)
64.380%
27 EMILY COUSINS
GBRFEI ID 10015842
SOLO BATCHELORETTE
FEI ID GBR4136
65.000%
(24)
63.100%
(21)
65.000%
(23)
64.100%
(26)
61.600%
(31)
63.760%
28 MORGAN MESTRE BARBANCON
ESPFEI ID 10028962
VITANA V
FEI ID 103CD42
64.300%
(28)
63.600%
(18)
63.400%
(31)
63.700%
(29)
63.600%
(28)
63.720%
29 HENRIETTE ANDERSON
GBRFEI ID 10016764
WARLOCKS CHARM
FEI ID 103LO57
63.800%
(29)
60.500%
(27)
64.200%
(29)
63.900%
(28)
66.100%
(20)
63.700%
30 BERNADETTE BRUNE
GERFEI ID 10000842
SPIRIT OF THE AGEOLD
FEI ID 103PE45
62.100%
(31)
61.600%
(25)
64.600%
(28)
62.200%
(30)
64.200%
(26)
62.940%
31 CAROLINE CHEW
SINFEI ID 10034877
LAVERNO S NRW
FEI ID GER24817
64.600%
(26)
58.000%
(31)
64.000%
(30)
62.100%
(31)
63.200%
(29)
62.380%
32 PETRA VAN ESCH
NEDFEI ID 10007867
UNIQUE
FEI ID 104HD44
58.100%
(32)
55.100%
(32)
59.200%
(32)
58.000%
(32)
58.200%
(32)
57.720%