Charlotte & Valegro Near World Record in Winning Amsterdam World Cup Freestyle

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Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, strutted to victory at the sixth leg of the World Cup Western European League in Amsterdam. © 2015FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst
Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, strutted to victory at the sixth leg of the World Cup Western European League in Amsterdam. © 2015FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst

AMSTERDAM, Jan. 31, 2015–Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro came close to their world record score in winning the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle at Jumping Amsterdam Saturday ahead of defending the duo’s title in Las Vegas in April.

Charlotte and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding scored 93.900 per cent, 4/10ths of one perentage point off the world record of 94.300 per cent the pair set at London Olympia last month.

The British Olympic and World Games individual championship pair were awarded 26 marks of 10 by the five judges, including 10s from the entire panel for the piaffe.

Danielle Heijkoop on Siro was second on 82.350 per cent while Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Unee BB was third on 80.900 per cent that was good enough to keep her at the top of the World Cup Western European League standing along with another German and a Danish combination.

The 29-year-old Charlotte, who returned from three weeks in New Zealand right before this competition, and the horse she calls “Blueberry,” won the World Cup at Lyon, France in 2014 in their first outing in the annual global championship. Carl Hester, one of three owners of Valegro and coach and mentor of Charlotte prepared the horse for this competition.

“Carl kept Blueberry (Valegro) ticking over while I was away in New Zealand, I’m always so grateful to him” she said.

She was not too pleased with her ride in Friday’s Grand Prix even though she won that by more than seven percentage points. “I was really jet-lagged and I was terrible, I was so angry with myself for the way I rode!” she said.

She talked about what Valegro has been doing since re-setting the Grand Prix and Freestyle world records at Olympia last month. “He had a couple of weeks off over Christmas and then I started riding him for a couple of days before heading off (to New Zealand). But I only had three days to ride after I got back this week, so he’s a pretty amazing horse!”

Looking ahead to the Final in Las Vegas, she said: “He won’t be doing anything until then. He isn’t the kind of horse that needs competition all the time, so our next outing will be Las Vegas, and after that we’ll be concentrating on getting ready for the European Championships.” Those championshiops will be in Aachen, Germany in August.

The 27-year-old Danielle Heijkoop said that although she and Siro had a higher score at Mechelen, Belgium over the Christmas holidays “I’m very happy with how we went today.”

Talking about her trainer, Anky van Grunsven, the nine-time winner of the World Cup title, she said: “We think alike, our attitude is that things can always be better, but for me the most important thing right now is that you can see our score is getting a little higher everywhere from last year, it’s all improving”.

The European riders are thinking ahead to how their horses will respond to the bright lights and electric atmosphere of the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas in just over two months.

“I’m so excited about it,” said Charlotte. “I know the crowd starts clapping before the finish, and the place is buzzing all the time, but hopefully Blueberry will be OK with all that and will put on a great show”.

Danielle admitted Siro, can be “a little bit crazy” during the prize-giving ceremony and after he comes out of the arena, but that he is usually a thorough professional during his test.

“Actually I think he will love it in Las Vegas, when he’s doing a test he really enjoys the crowd, and I hope it won’t be a problem for him.”

This was the sixth of nine Western European League qualifiers with the next scheduled for Neumünster, Germany Feb. 15.

Results:

Grand Prix Freestyle

Judge E: Stephen Clarke (GBR) Judge H: Isabelle Judet (FRA) Judge C: Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode (NED) Judge M: Adriaan F. Hamoen (NED) Judge B: Peter Engel (GER)
Rank HORSE – Breeding
sex\color\born\sire x siredam\
Judge E Judge H Judge C Judge M Judge B %
RIDER
owner
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
technical
artistic
1 Valegro – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2002 \ Negro x Gerschwin
GBR
11000 92.25 89.75 92.50 90.75 91.75 93.900
Charlotte  Dujardin
Mr C Hester, R Luard, A Barrott
98.00 96.00 98.00 97.00 93.00
2 Siro N.O.P. – KWPN
G \ Black \ 1999 \ Gribaldi x Hemmingway
NED
8000 80.75 81.00 81.25 80.00 77.75 82.375
Danielle  Heijkoop
D.Heykoop & T.E.G.Van Grunsven & J.J.V.Verseveld
89.00 84.00 84.00 83.00 83.00
3 Unee Bb – KWPN
S \ dark bay \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Dageraad
GER
6000 79.00 77.25 81.00 77.75 76.00 80.900
Jessica  Von Bredow-Werndl
Bã¼rchler-Keller Beatrice
88.00 83.00 84.00 83.00 80.00
4 Arlando NH N.O.P. – KWPN
S \ Darkbay \ 2005 \ Paddox x Mytens
NED
4500 79.50 79.25 77.50 77.50 75.75 79.950
Diederik  Van Silfhout
A.P. Both & S.J. Kat
86.00 83.00 80.00 81.00 80.00
5 Glock´s Flirt – CH
G \ Chestnut \ 2001 \ Florestan x Gauguin De Lully
NED
2500 78.00 77.75 77.75 76.00 76.00 79.250
Hans Peter  Minderhoud
Ing. Gaston Glock
83.00 82.00 81.00 81.00 80.00
6 Jojo Az – HSH
G \ Darkbay \ 2003 \ Ginus x Justboy
DEN
2000 78.25 75.00 73.25 75.50 74.50 78.050
Agnete  Kirk Thinggaard
Julianelyst Aps
84.00 83.00 79.00 80.00 78.00
7 Favourit – RHEIN
G \ Dark chestnut \ 1999 \ Fidermark x Worldchamp
GER
1500 77.75 76.75 75.50 74.50 74.75 77.325
Sönke  Rothenberger
Rothenberger Im Gestã¼t Erlenhof Ohg
81.00 80.00 78.00 78.00 77.00
8 El Santo NRW – RHEIN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Ehrentusch x Rythmus
GER
1000 75.50 73.50 73.75 73.75 74.25 76.775
Isabell  Werth
Madeleine Winter-Schulze + Isabell Werth
79.00 81.00 81.00 77.00 79.00
9 Uzzo – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2001 \ Lancet x Indoctro
NED
500 75.75 75.50 74.25 71.50 71.25 75.725
Patrick  van der Meer
Trainingsstal De Hoeve
79.00 80.00 78.00 77.00 75.00
10 Axis TSF – TRAK
S \ Black \ 1999 \ Sixtus x Angard
FIN
500 75.50 71.75 74.00 72.50 74.00 75.675
Terhi  Stegars
Stegars Terhi + A Bis Grand Prix
80.00 78.00 78.00 76.00 77.00
11 Ulysses la Haya – KWPN
G \ dark bay \ 2001 \ Gribaldi x Ulft
NED
500 72.25 70.50 73.25 71.00 72.50 73.950
Laurens  van Lieren
O.M.Boucher & J.H. Alberts
76.00 75.00 77.00 76.00 76.00
12 Biggles 1015 – SWB
S \ Bay \ 1998 \ Briar x Krevad
SWE
500 73.25 72.25 71.50 71.75 73.00 73.775
Kristian  Von Krusenstierna
Fam. Ingrid Lundbergpersson
76.00 75.00 74.00 75.00 76.00
13 Eres Dl – BWP
G \ Bay \ 2004 \ Sir Lui x Balzflug
BEL
500 73.25 74.75 70.50 70.50 69.75 73.275
Jeroen  Devroe
Lousberg Daniel
77.00 79.00 71.00 74.00 73.00
14 Sunny Boy
S \ Bay \ 2004 \ Stedinger
ESP
500 73.25 70.00 70.50 70.00 71.00 73.175
Juan Antonio  Jimenez Cobo
Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo
78.00 76.00 74.00 74.00 75.00
15 Thriller – KWPN
G \ Blackbay \ 2000 \ Gribaldi x Amor
NED
500 71.50 73.00 71.50 70.25 70.25 72.050
Katja  Gevers
R. Grevers
73.00 74.00 72.00 72.00 73.00