Carl Hester Rides Dances With Wolves to Victory at Hickstead CDIO3* in 1st Grand Prix Freestyle

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Carl Hester riding Dances With Wolves in the horse's first Grand Prix Freestyle. The pair won the Hickstead CDIO3* event. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Carl Hester riding Dances With Wolves in the horse’s first Grand Prix Freestyle. The pair won the Hickstead CDIO3* event. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HICKSTEAD, England, Aug. 3, 2014–Carl Hester rode Dances With Wolves to victory at the CDIO3* in the first Grand Prix Freestyle for the 12-year-old gelding.

With music borrowed from his ride on Uthopia at the 2011 European Championships, Carl and the Oldenburg gelding (Donnerschwee x Waldorf) scored 77.425 per cent.

Sweden’s Mads Hendelio Witz on Weihenstephane placed second on 74.050 per cent while the United States’ Lisa Wilcox on Denzello was third on 73.625 per cent.

Lisa Wilcox and Denzello in the Hickstead CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Lisa Wilcox and Denzello in the Hickstead CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Anders Dahl who led Denmark to their first ever Nations Cup victory on Wie Atlantico de Ymas had a stressful lead up to his ride.

He had given Fiona Bigwood two Dexter cows as a wedding present when they married last weekend.

About an hour before he was scheduled to leave their farm about 20 minutes from Hickstead they let the cows out.

The cows charged through the fence and off into the countryside.

The police were called who blocked off the road while they searched for the pair of bovines.

Anders left–“try explaining to the police you have to leave to go ride a horse”–for his Freestyle.

He and Wie Atlantico scored 73.050 per cent for sixth place.

Carl said he was relieved that Dances With Wolves overcame his nervousness in the newly configured arena to produce the winning Freestyle ride.stress

The pair placed second behind Carl riding Fine Time in the Grand Prix and followed up with a victory in the Grand Prix Special Saturday. However, the horse was spooked by the arena, as were many others.

Carl has been riding Dances With Wolves for the past three years since the death by heart attack of his friend Jane Gregory. Her husband, Aram, wanted Carl to take over the ride as his wife had said, “If I can’t ride the horse I want Carl to ride him.”

“We’re never going to sell him,” Carl said, “so there is no pressure on Aram or me.

“He came with a very long list of dos and don’ts but we’ve gotten through most of them.

“Rio is the goal. We have no short term goals only long term goals.”

He plans to compete Dances With Wolves at the British championships in September along with Fine Time. However, Fine Time will be for sale and Nip Tuck probably will be on the market afte the World Equestrian Games later this month.

As for the Hickstead show, he said: “We are lucky to have a high class venue here in England. We live on an island, so we’re used to traveling and that puts us at a day’s adisadvantage to everyone else in Europe. It’s great to have competition at this level without the stress of travel. It’s our mini Aachen.”

Results:

CDIO3* Grand Prix Freestyle
Judges–E: S Clarke H: G Svalling C: S Baarup M: W Markowski B: J Campos Escriban

Technical/Artistic (Rank)
Rank Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1 CARL HESTER
GBRFEI ID 10011469
DANCES WITH WOLVES
FEI ID 103DH18
74.50
79.00
(3)
75.50
78.00
(1)
75.00
82.00
(1)
74.50
80.00
(1)
74.75
81.00
(1)
77.425%
2 MADS HENDELIO WITZ
SWEFEI ID 10068316
WEIHENSTEPHANE
FEI ID 102YK53
75.75
79.00
(2)
73.25
75.00
(3)
71.50
74.00
(5)
71.50
75.00
(4)
70.50
75.00
(6)
74.050%
3 LISA WILCOX
USAFEI ID 10011391
DENZELLO
FEI ID 103XJ85
76.00
80.00
(1)
67.50
70.00
(9)
71.25
76.00
(3)
71.75
75.00
(3)
72.75
76.00
(3)
73.625%
4 MALIN HAMILTON
SWEFEI ID 10048035
FLEETWOOD
FEI ID SWE40906
73.00
79.00
(4)
69.75
70.00
(6)
70.25
75.00
(6)
71.25
74.00
(5)
73.00
78.00
(2)
73.325%
5 CHARLOTTE HAID BONDERGAARD
SWEFEI ID 10031947
TRVIANT 2
FEI ID GER41659
72.25
77.00
(5)
70.50
79.00
(2)
66.75
75.00
(7)
69.75
75.00
(8)
69.00
78.00
(5)
73.225%
6 ANDERS DAHL
DENFEI ID 10016382
WIE ATLANTICO DE YMAS
FEI ID ESP307
71.50
76.00
(8)
69.50
71.00
(5)
72.00
78.00
(2)
71.00
74.00
(7)
70.50
77.00
(4)
73.050%
7 KATHERINE BATESON CHANDLER
USA
WELLNETTA
NRPSFEI ID 103UQ47
71.75
76.00
(7)
67.00
71.00
(7)
71.75
75.00
(4)
73.00
78.00
(2)
68.25
76.00
(7)
72.775%
8 RIKKE SVANE
DENFEI ID 10079528
FINCKENSTEIN TSF
FEI ID 103FA60
72.50
75.00
(8)
70.50
71.00
(4)
69.75
72.00
(7)
70.25
75.00
(5)
69.00
75.00
(8)
72.000%
9 STEFANIE WEIHERMULLER
GERFEI ID 10032522
WUNDERKIND
FEI ID 103DC80
72.50
76.00
(6)
67.75
70.00
(8)
68.00
72.00
(9)
69.50
73.00
(9)
67.50
73.00
(9)
70.925%
10 KATHARINA BIRKENHOLZ
GERFEI ID 10026339
DON ANDROSSO
FEI ID GER42209
71.75
74.00
(10)
63.75
69.00
(11)
65.75
71.00
(12)
65.25
69.00
(11)
67.25
73.00
(10)
68.975%
11 MICHAEL EILBERG
GBRFEI ID 100455459
MARAKOV
FEI ID GBR42667
70.00
75.00
(11)
65.50
67.00
(12)
68.00
70.00
(11)
64.25
70.00
(11)
66.25
70.00
(14)
68.600%
12 NIKKI CRISP
GBRFEI ID 10045617
PASOA
66.50
72.00
(13)
62.75
69.00
(13)
64.75
71.00
(14)
68.50
73.00
(10)
64.25
73.00
(13)
68.475%
13 HANNAH BIGGS
GBRFEI ID 10045461
WELTZIN
FEI ID GBR42668
68.25
73.00
(12)
66.50
71.00
(9)
66.75
72.00
(10)
62.75
66.00
(14)
64.75
70.00
(15)
68.100%
14 HAYLEY WATSON-GREAVES
GBRFEI ID 10088848
RUBINS NITE
FEI ID 103RB72
67.50
71.00
(13)
64.50
67.00
(14)
65.00
71.00
(13)
60.75
68.00
(14)
66.25
72.00
(12)
67.300%
15 SAMANTHA THURMAN-BAKER
GBRFEI ID 1006549
SPRING PASCAL
FEI ID 102UB79
64.00
71.00
(15)
62.50
66.00
(15)
61.50
66.00
(15)
62.75
71.00
(13)
66.75
73.00
(11)
66.450%
RET BERNADETTE BRUNE
GERFEI ID 10000842
SPIRIT OF THE AGEOLD
FEI ID 103PE45
WD SUSAN DUTTA
USAFEI ID 10003416
CURRENCY DC
FEI ID USA10641
WD ULRIK MOELGAARD
DENFEI ID 10079468
MICHIGAN
FEI ID 102UC82

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