Germany’s Christoph Koschel Rides Rostropowitsch For 1st Florida Victory

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Christoph Koschel riding Rostropowitsch NRW in the victory gallop after capturing the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Christoph Koschel riding Rostropowitsch NRW in the victory gallop after capturing the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 6, 2015–Christoph Koschel rode Rostropowitsch NRW to victory in the Global Dressage Festival CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle Friday, the first win in Florida for the German team rider.

The ride for a score of 75.100 per cent was the first competition for the 13-year-old Westfalen gelding since last June as Cristoph focused on final preparations at his family’s Hagen-based training center for several riders from around the world for the World Equestrian Games. Christoph rode for Germany at the 2010 World Games in Kentucky and the European Championshipos in 2009.

Juan Matute, Jr., the 17-year-old son of Wellington-based Spanish Olympian Juan Matute, on Don Diego Ymas placed second on 72.375 per cent in only the second senior Grand Prix Freestyle for the pair.

USA Olympic rider Lisa Wilcox of Wellington on Pikko del Cerro HU third on 71.650 per cent.

Juan Matute, Jr. on Don Diego Ymas after their second Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Juan Matute, Jr. on Don Diego Ymas after their second Grand Prix Freestyle. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
E: Matthiesen – DEN H: Max-Theurer – AUT C: Fore – USA M: Umbach – LUX B: Wuest – GER
Rider Nation Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Koschel, Christoph GER Rostropowitsch NRW 72.750 1 73.750 1 76.125 1 77.750 1 75.125 1 75.100 1
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Don Diego Ymas 70.000 3 70.750 2 72.500 3 73.500 3 75.125 2 72.375 2
Wilcox, Lisa USA Pikko del Cerro HU 70.500 2 70.250 3 71.875 4 74.875 2 70.750 4 71.650 3
Martin Dockx, Jose Daniel ESP Bolero CXLVIII 66.750 5 67.875 4 72.625 2 70.500 4 71.500 3 69.850 4
Rumbough, Janne USA Junior 66.875 4 64.125 7 66.375 5 67.375 6 66.000 5 66.150 5
Seidl, Franziska SUI Sigalia 64.000 7 64.500 6 64.500 6 62.875 8 62.875 6 63.750 6
Dvorak, Tom CAN Fling 64.500 6 65.875 5 63.000 7 64.375 7 59.750 8 63.500 7
Bukowski, Lisa CAN Santos Utopia 63.750 8 62.375 8 60.750 8 67.750 5 60.500 7 63.025 8
Lopardo-Grana, Cesar ARG Tyara 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0 0.000 0