Hans Peter Minderhoud & Flirt Post Personal Best to Capture Stockholm World Cup Freestyle

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Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock's Flirt. 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt. 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 29, 2015–Hans Peter Minderhoud rode Glock’s Flirt to a personal best score of 80.950 per cent and the first Freestyle victory for the Dutch partnership to capture the Sweden International World Cup Grand Prix musical performance Sunday.

Sweden’s Olympic combination of Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic were runner up on 79.100 per cent while former world No. 1 and two-time World Cup champions Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival were third on 78.775 per cent for their first Freestyle score below 80 per cent in six years.

Patrik Kittel moved to the top of the World Cup Western European League standings with 54 points after their runner up placing in Sunday’s Freestyle that was the fourth in nine WEL qualifying competitions for the Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next March.

Patrik said that Scandic at 16 years of age “feels better than he did when he was 10, which is great! And he will still be in the game next year too, and in the Final in Gothenburg if we qualify.”

Fabienne Lütkemeier moved up to fourth and the highest placed from Germany while Hans Peter’s victory moved him up into the seventh spot. Denmark’s Agnete Kirk Thinggaard was tied in eighth place with 28 points, Jennie Larsson of Sweden 10th on 27 and Australia’s Lyndal Oatley in 11th on 26 points.

The previous best Freestyle result for Hans Peter and Flirt, that have been competing together for less than 18 months and are ranked No. 13 in the world, was  80.450 per cent posted at Rotterdam in June. This was the first competition for Hans Peter and the 14-year-old Swiss Warmblood gelding since then.

“He had no real weak points in his test today,” he said, “from the beginning to the end he was completely with me, nicely supple and super on the aids. I had a great feeling, he was really trying for me but I had a small mistake in the one-tempis. I re-did them really well though, and the rest of the test was really good.”

Hans Peter said he had been encouraged by the sight of the winner’s prize. “When I saw the orange car in the corner of the arena I thought, ‘Hey, a Dutch person should win that!’… and this is the first car I’ve ever won!”

Adelinde was competing the 18-year-old Parzival–to be officially 19 years old in a month–for only the second time this year. Adelinde and Parzival, at No. 378 in the world, last scored below 80 per cent in a Freestyle in December, 2009. Since then, however, the pair have performed in 36 Freestyles all with scores above 80 per cent.

Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival at Stockholm.
Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival at Stockholm.

The 36-year-old Dutch rider said afterwards that she had “mixed feelings” about her result.

“I’m happy that Parzival was here and going well,” she said. “He was great in the warm-up but he felt a bit tired in the arena. We have not been competing for a long time, so we need to find a suitable routine again for both of us.”

For Lyndal Oatley and Sandro Boy who placed sixth in the Freestyle, their score of 75.425 per cent was below their personal best but close to this year’s top result and came a day after the German-based combination posted the highest Grand Prix score ever by an Australian rider.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges:   B: Ghislain Fouarge    M: Susanne Baarup    C: Gustav Svalling    H: Isabelle Judet           E: Magnus Ringmark

# Rider Horse E H C M B  Total
1
Glock’s Flirt Florestan – Gauguin de LullyIng. Gaston Glock 76.25084.00080.125 1 79.25081.00080.125 3 80.25083.00081.625  1 77.00084.00080.5001 79.750 85.00082.375 1 78.500 83.400 80.950
2
Watermill Scandic H.B.C Solos Carex DVH 609 – Amiral ZW.P.S.J.W. Greve & HBC Stal 75.00083.00079.0003 80.00083.00081.500 1 77.750 80.00078.875   2 75.00084.00079.5003 74.250 79.000 76.625   3 76.400 81.800 79.100
3
Jerich Parzival N.O.P. Jazz – UlftW.P.J. Cornelissen / M.A. Cornelissen, H. Jerich 77.50082.00079.750 2 77.250 83.00080.125   2 75.750 78.00076.875   4 76.50083.00079.750 2 74.750 80.00077.375   2 76.350 81.200 78.775
4
Jojo Az Ginus – JustboyJoachim E. Arl 74.750 78.00076.375   4 75.500 78.00076.750   6 74.750 80.00077.375  3 76.00082.00079.0004 71.750 76.000 73.875 6 74.55078.800 76.675
5
Paridon Magi Don Primero 981 – Napoleon 625Lövsta Stuteri AB 71.500 77.000 74.250 7 75.500 79.000 77.250 5 71.500 77.000 74.250 7 72.75080.00076.375 5 73.500 78.000 75.750  5 72.950 78.20075.575
6
Sandro Boy 9 Sandro Hit – ArgentinusCarol & Andrew Oatley 72.250 75.00073.625 9 76.00080.00078.0004 73.250 77.000 75.125  5 72.250 76.00074.125 7 74.500 78.000 76.250 4 73.650 77.200 75.425
7
Qui Vincit Dynamis Quattro B – Calypso IIGina Capellmann-Lütkemeier 73.00076.00074.5006 73.500 77.000 75.250 8 72.500 75.000 73.750 9 71.750 77.00074.375 6 70.250 75.000 72.625 10 72.200 76.00074.100
8
di Lapponia T Donnerhall – ArgumentPaulinda Friberg 72.250 76.00074.125 8 73.750 77.000 75.375  7 72.250 76.000 74.125 8 71.500 76.00073.7508 69.000 74.000 71.500 12 71.750 75.800 73.775
9
Zircoon Spring Flower Painted Black – ArmstrongAntonia Ax:son Johnson 71.000 73.00072.000 12 73.250 76.00074.625 9 72.750 76.00074.375 6 70.50076.00073.2509 72.000 75.000 73.500 7 71.900 75.200 73.550
10
Miata Lancado – GrascoEmilie Nyreröd 73.500 76.000 74.750  5 72.00075.00073.500 10 71.250 74.00072.625 11 70.50075.00072.750 12 70.500 76.000 73.250 8 71.550 75.200 73.375
11
Jimmie Choo Seq Sandro Hit – Don SchufroSegersta Equestrian 71.750 74.000 72.875 10 72.00075.00073.500 10 71.750 75.00073.375 10 72.00074.00073.00011 69.250 75.000 72.125 11 71.350 74.600 72.975
12
Biggles 1015 Briar – KrevadFam. Ingrid Lundbergpersson 67.000 71.000 69.000 14 71.250 73.00072.125 12 69.250 72.00070.625 14 69.50074.00071.750 13 70.750 75.000 72.875  9 69.550 73.000 71.275
13
Don Gregorius Don Cardinale – PlacidoLLC VIAN – GROUP 70.000 74.000 72.000 11 70.250 72.00071.125 13 69.250 74.00071.625 12 67.50072.00069.750 14 68.500 73.000 70.750 13 69.100 73.000 71.050 
14
Fernandez Florestan – WeinburgCathrine Rasmussen, Christopher Bredstrup Rasmussen 67.250 72.000 69.625 13 69.00070.00069.500 14 69.00073.00071.000 13 71.000 75.00073.000 10 67.250 69.00068.125 14 68.700 71.800 70.250
15
Tin Tin Claudia Dorpmans 62.250 69.00065.625 15 63.750 65.00064.375 15 64.50068.00066.250 15 66.750 70.00068.375 15 63.500 67.000 65.250 15 64.150 67.80065.975