Germany Dominates World Games Dressage Grand Prix Day 1, Netherlands 2nd, Britain 3rd

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Kristina Sprehe on Desperados put Germany in the lead in the first of two days of World Equestrian Games Grand Prix to decide the Nations Cup. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kristina Sprehe on Desperados put Germany in the lead in the first of two days of World Equestrian Games Grand Prix to decide the Nations Cup. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By ILSE SCHWARZ & KENNETH J. BRADDICK

CAEN, France, Aug. 25, 2014–Kristina Sprehe on Desperados put Germany firmly in the lead after the first of two days of the World Equestrian Games Grand Prix Monday that will decide the Nations Cup, with the Netherlands slightly ahead of Great Britain in silver and bronze medal positions.

The United States was less than a half percentage behind Spain for the fourth and fifth placings on a day when half of the field of 100 combinations rode in rain that lasted throughout most of the leadoff competition for the world championships that have been held once every four since the first such event in Stockholm in 1990.

Kristina and the 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion that she rode on Germany’s team at the Olympics in London two years ago, scored 78.814 per cent that with the result of her team mate, Fabienne Lütkemeier on D’Agostino at 73.586 per cent as the first combination of the day gave Germany a commanding lead.

Hans Peter Minderhoud who described the sloppy footing “as not very good to ride on” scored 74.357 per cent on Glock’s Johnson TN for the second best result of the day and enough to put the Netherlands in silver medal position.

Carl Hester on the still green Nip Tuck kept Great Britain close to the Dutch with the pair’s third placing on 74.186 per cent.

The top combinations for the leading dressage nations have been saved for Tuesday:

Isabell Werth and Bella Rose kick off the schedule at 0800 local/Central European time (7 am in Britain, 2 am in Eastern U.S., 4 pm in Eastern Australia) and will be followed later in the day by team mate and world No. 2 Helen Langehanenberg on Damon Hill NRW.

Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, world No.1 and for Great Britain; Edward Gal on Glock’s Voice and Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival for the Netherlands; Steffen Peters on Legolas and Laura Graves on Verdades for the USA, and a host of other wellknown combinations from several other nations will perform Tuesday.

Carl Hester and Nip Tuck in the Grand Prix. Their result put Great Britain in bronze medal position after the first of two days of Nations Cup competition. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Carl Hester and Nip Tuck in the Grand Prix. Their result put Great Britain in bronze medal position after the first of two days of Nations Cup competition. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“Bloody delighted!” was Carl’s exclamation of the performance Nip Tuck that cost €1,000 (US$1,300). “We’re in the hunt. I couldn’t have wished for anything more.”

The result was the highest for the 10-year-old KWPN gelding in a CDI outside Britain–they scored 74.600 per cent at Hartpury, England last month but have been competing at Grand Prix only since May.

That Nip Tuck did so well “is like my gold medal,” Carl said.

“I know he did his absolute best in there for me and did everything I asked. You don’t really know what to expect with this crowd, they’re very enthusiastic and it was such a nice reception going in.”

Carl rode in the first WEG in Stockholm 24 years ago.

Hans Peter Minderhoud pn Glock's Johnson TN that led the Netherlands to second on the first of two days of Nations Cup Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Games. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
about:newtab Hans Peter Minderhoud pn Glock’s Johnson TN that led the Netherlands to second on the first of two days of Nations Cup Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Games. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Desperados was a little unbalanced in the first piaffe but Kristina, 27 years old and who rode Desperados on Germany’s silver medal team at the 2012 Olympics and gold medal squad at the European Championships a year ago, recovered and turned in the best performance of the day.

“He was really perfect today,” she said.

Kristina has worked for the past sevetal months with the German coach, Monica Theodorescu, focusing on the basics and passage.

Hans Peter Minderhoud described the footing as “sticky”but not slippery and he felt it a bit in the first extended trot and and half-passes so he eased off and Johnson was not expressice.

The switch that Edward Gal made to ride Glock’s Voice in place of the injured Undercover, his top mount, and the withdrawal of Danielle Heijkoop’s Kingsley Siro, also unfit to compete, ended Holland’s hopes of repeating as world champions from the 2010 WEG in Kentucky.

Despite the steady rain, the spectator stands in the soccer stadium converted for equestrian athletes were well over half full and are expected to draw even bigger crowds when the big guns ride Tuesday.

The crowd seemed knowledgeable by their exclamations when mistakes were made, and extremely supportive of all the riders, as much so for performances that were not up to the level of the highly ranked combinations.

Chere Burger who rode the 14-year-old Friesen stallion Adelprag Anders on South Africa’s first WEG team was loudly applauded when introduced and even more loudly at the end of ther performance that scored 64.929 per cent.

Chere Burger riding Adelprag Anders for South Africa in the Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Chere Burger riding Adelprag Anders for South Africa in the Grand Prix. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Grand Prix

H : Elizabeth MC MULLEN C : Stephen CLARKE      M : Francis VERBEEK
E : Isabelle JUDET B : Dietrich PLEWA
K : Susan HOEVENAARS F : Liselotte FORE

 

Team classification
1.
 GER
78.814 2.
NED
74.357 3.
GBR
74.186 4.
ESP
72.414 5.
USA
72.000 6.
SWE
71.171 7.
DEN
70.800 8.
 FRA
70.686
9.
 AUS
70.600 10.
 CAN
70.357 11.
 BEL
70.214 12.
 FIN
68.700 13.
SUI
67.657 14.
POL
67.257 15.
 IRL
66.900 16.
 AUT
66.786
17.
POR
66.700 18. ITA 66.300 19.
 LUX
66.086 20.
RSA
64.929 21. BRA 63.057 22.
 UKR
62.786 23. RUS 61.914 24.
 NOR
58.786
Rank Horse Rider Nat. % K % E % H % C % M % B % F % Moy.
1. DESPERADOS FRH Kristina SPREHE* GER 79.700
(1.)
79.000
(1.)
75.600
(1.)
80.400
(1.)
78.800
(1.)
79.200
(1.)
79.000
(1.)
78.814
2. GLOCK’S JOHNSON TN Hans Peter MINDERHOUD* NED 72.700
(4.)
75.200
(4.)
75.200
(2.)
75.900
(2.)
74.100
(3.)
72.900
(4.)
74.500
(4.)
74.357
3. NIP TUCK Carl HESTER* GBR 72.000
(6.)
75.300
(3.)
74.100
(3.)
73.600
(3.)
76.500
(2.)
72.400
(5.)
75.400
(3.)
74.186
4. D’AGOSTINO FRH Fabienne LUTKEMEIER* GER 74.600
(2.)
73.100
(7.)
73.200
(4.)
72.100
(6.)
73.300
(5.)
73.300
(3.)
75.500
(2.)
73.586
5. ARLANDO NH N.O.P. Diederik van SILFHOUT* NED 74.200
(3.)
77.100
(2.)
73.200
(4.)
71.300
(8.)
72.200
(6.)
73.900
(2.)
72.000
(10.)
73.414
6. NORTE LOVERA José Antonio GARCIA MENA* ESP 71.300
(7.)
73.300
(6.)
71.400
(8.)
73.300
(4.)
74.000
(4.)
71.400
(7.)
72.200
(8.)
72.414
7. WIZARD Adrienne LYLE* USA 70.600
(12.)
72.200
(8.)
71.900
(6.)
72.500
(5.)
71.700
(8.)
72.300
(6.)
72.800
(6.)
72.000
(8.) SANTANA Minna TELDE* SWE 69.600
(16.)
74.700
(5.)
71.600
(7.)
70.700
(12.)
70.700
(12.)
70.100
(10.)
70.800
(14.)
71.171
9. MARIETT Lars PETERSEN* DEN 70.000
(13.)
70.400
(14.)
70.500
(11.)
71.200
(9.)
71.200
(10.)
69.500
(13.)
72.800
(6.)
70.800
10. NOBLE DREAM CONCEPT SOL Marc BOBLET* FRA 70.800
(10.)
71.400
(10.)
70.100
(13.)
69.900
(19.)
71.900
(7.)
70.000
(11.)
70.700
(15.)
70.686
11. SANDRO BOY 9 Lyndal OATLEY* AUS 72.500
(5.)
71.400
(10.)
69.700
(14.)
70.200
(17.)
71.400
(9.)
70.900
(8.)
68.100
(22.)
70.600
12. CHREVI’S CAPITAL David MARCUS* CAN 68.100
(22.)
70.200
(15.)
71.000
(10.)
72.000
(7.)
70.100
(13.)
68.900
(17.)
72.200
(8.)
70.357
13. MY LADY Mikala Münter GUNDERSEN* DEN 71.200
(9.)
69.700
(18.)
69.500
(15.)
70.100
(18.)
69.600
(16.)
68.800
(20.)
73.000
(5.)
70.271
14. ERES DL Jeroen DEVROE* BEL 71.300
(7.)
71.900
(9.)
67.200
(26.)
71.100
(11.)
70.800
(11.)
68.900
(17.)
70.300
(16.)
70.214
15. DV STENKJERS NADONNA Gareth HUGHES* GBR 68.900
(17.)
70.000
(17.)
68.200
(20.)
71.200
(9.)
69.200
(18.)
69.200
(16.)
71.300
(12.)
69.714
16. DARCIA VH Jeanna HÖGBERG* SWE 69.700
(15.)
70.500
(13.)
71.200
(9.)
70.400
(14.)
69.800
(14.)
69.300
(14.)
66.700
(29.)
69.657
17. CALECTO V Tina KONYOT* USA 68.700
(19.)
68.200
(21.)
69.500
(15.)
70.300
(15.)
69.600
(16.)
69.800
(12.)
71.400
(11.)
69.643
18. DON DAIQUIRI Karen PAVICIC* CAN 70.000
(13.)
69.300
(20.)
70.500
(11.)
70.500
(13.)
67.400
(20.)
68.900
(17.)
69.800
(18.)
69.486
19. DIAMANTINA 4 Maree TOMKINSON* AUS 70.700
(11.)
67.900
(23.)
69.300
(17.)
69.200
(22.)
69.800
(14.)
68.000
(22.)
70.200
(17.)
69.300
20. AVEC PLAISIR Laurence VANOMMESLAGHE* BEL 68.500
(20.)
69.700
(18.)
68.800
(19.)
66.700
(30.)
69.000
(19.)
70.600
(9.)
69.400
(19.)
68.957
21. SOLOS LACAN Eevamaria PORTHAN-BRODDELL* FIN 68.300
(21.)
70.100
(16.)
66.900
(27.)
70.300
(15.)
67.200
(22.)
69.300
(14.)
68.800
(20.)
68.700
22. V.POWER Janette BOUMAN KAZ 67.900
(24.)
66.400
(30.)
67.900
(22.)
69.400
(20.)
66.800
(25.)
67.400
(23.)
68.800
(20.)
67.800
23. RIGOLETTO ROYAL CH Caroline HÄCKI* SUI 68.100
(22.)
71.000
(12.)
67.600
(25.)
65.700
(34.)
67.400
(20.)
67.400
(23.)
66.400
(35.)
67.657
24. STELLA PACK GANDA Anna LUKASIK*  POL 65.700
(34.)
67.300
(26.)
66.400
(31.)
69.400
(20.)
67.000
(23.)
68.100
(21.)
66.900
(28.)
67.257
25. POMPIDOU Roland TONG* IRL 67.900
(24.)
67.600
(24.)
64.700
(38.)
67.700
(25.)
66.800
(25.)
66.400
(28.)
67.200
(25.)
66.900
26. LIGHTS OF LONDONDERRY Alexandre AYACHE* FRA 68.900
(17.)
67.600
(24.)
66.800
(28.)
66.800
(29.)
66.100
(31.)
65.500
(30.)
66.500
(34.)
66.886
27. AUHEIM’S PICARDO Christian SCHUMACH*  AUT 67.500
(26.)
66.200
(32.)
66.400
(31.)
67.600
(26.)
66.400
(30.)
66.700
(25.)
66.700
(29.)
66.786
28. DER CLOU Filipe CANELAS* POR 66.100
(33.)
68.200
(21.)
66.200
(33.)
67.000
(28.)
66.700
(27.)
66.000
(29.)
66.700
(29.)
66.700
29. CINCO DE MAYO Christian BRÜHE PLE 65.600
(35.)
66.200
(32.)
66.600
(29.)
66.300
(31.)
66.900
(24.)
61.500
(39.)
71.200
(13.)
66.329
30. HARMONIA Ester SOLDI* ITA 67.300
(28.)
66.600
(28.)
67.900
(22.)
64.800
(38.)
66.000
(32.)
63.800
(33.)
67.700
(24.)
66.300
31. HICKSTEADT Borja CARRASCOSA* ESP 64.700
(37.)
67.100
(27.)
66.000
(34.)
69.100
(23.)
63.600
(38.)
64.500
(31.)
68.000
(23.)
66.143
32. WARBEAU Hans STAUB* SUI 67.500
(26.)
65.800
(34.)
68.000
(21.)
67.100
(27.)
64.000
(37.)
63.300
(35.)
67.100
(27.)
66.114
33. WITO CORLEONE 2 Sascha SCHULZ* LUX 67.000
(30.)
66.500
(29.)
66.600
(29.)
65.500
(36.)
66.500
(29.)
63.300
(35.)
67.200
(25.)
66.086
34. LUCY’S DAY Karin KOSAK* AUT 67.300
(28.)
63.700
(39.)
65.500
(35.)
68.300
(24.)
64.100
(36.)
66.700
(25.)
66.700
(29.)
66.043
35. BEN HUR DA BROA Manuel VEIGA* POR 66.200
(32.)
63.900
(37.)
69.300
(17.)
65.700
(34.)
64.600
(35.)
62.900
(37.)
66.200
(36.)
65.543
36. CHOPIN III Stella HAGELSTAM* FIN 66.500
(31.)
65.500
(36.)
64.900
(37.)
66.200
(32.)
65.500
(34.)
64.000
(32.)
65.900
(38.)
65.500
37. FLORESCO NRW Yassine RAHMOUNI MAR 65.000
(36.)
65.700
(35.)
63.900
(39.)
65.900
(33.)
65.800
(33.)
62.600
(38.)
66.000
(37.)
64.986
38. ADELPRAG ANDERS 451 Chere BURGER* RSA 64.300
(38.)
63.900
(37.)
65.300
(36.)
63.200
(41.)
66.700
(27.)
66.500
(27.)
64.600
(40.)
64.929
39. BELDONWELT Federica SCOLARI*  ITA 63.900
(40.)
66.400
(30.)
63.600
(40.)
64.300
(39.)
62.600
(40.)
63.600
(34.)
66.600
(33.)
64.429
40. VINHESTE Manuel TAVARES DE ALMEIDA NETO* BRA 64.300
(38.)
63.200
(41.)
63.300
(41.)
62.800
(43.)
62.500
(41.)
60.700
(41.)
64.600
(40.)
63.057
41. FLIRT Maksim KOVSHOV* UKR 63.200
(43.)
61.400
(43.)
67.900
(22.)
64.900
(37.)
60.500
(45.)
56.800
(44.)
64.800
(39.)
62.786
42. CASINO’ ROYAL James CONNOR* IRL 63.500
(41.)
61.000
(44.)
63.000
(42.)
63.500
(40.)
62.400
(42.)
61.500
(39.)
61.600
(43.)
62.357
43. KARTSEVO UPPERVILLE Tatiana DOROFEEVA* RUS 63.500
(41.)
63.600
(40.)
62.900
(43.)
59.600
(45.)
61.800
(43.)
60.600
(42.)
61.400
(44.)
61.914
44. SAMBA Pedro TAVARES DE ALMEIDA* BRA 62.800
(44.)
60.800
(45.)
62.200
(44.)
63.200
(41.)
62.800
(39.)
56.400
(45.)
62.500
(42.)
61.529
45. ISPOVEDNIK Sergey BUIKEVICH KAZ 61.600
(45.)
61.500
(42.)
59.400
(46.)
58.800
(46.)
60.600
(44.)
54.300
(47.)
61.300
(45.)
59.643
46. KUPFERMANN Maria Ines GARCIA COL 60.600
(46.)
58.700
(46.)
58.900
(47.)
58.600
(47.)
57.200
(47.)
58.000
(43.)
61.000
(46.)
59.000
47. TAILORMADE AKON ASKELUND Ellen Birgitte FARBROT* NOR 60.500
(47.)
57.200
(48.)
60.200
(45.)
62.400
(44.)
59.400
(46.)
55.700
(46.)
56.100
(48.)
58.786
(48.) RAMONEUR 6 Tanya SEYMOUR* RSA 55.100
(48.)
57.700
(47.)
57.000
(48.)
56.200
(48.)
51.400
(48.)
53.500
(48.)
57.100
(47.)
55.429