World Cup Final Grand Prix Freestyle Start List

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Will Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock's Flirt win his first World Cup and the 13th for a Dutch rider? He's is shown here after winning the Grand Prix with a little more than a half percentage separating the pair from two Swedish combinations. © 2016  Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans
Will Hans Peter Minderhoud on Glock’s Flirt win his first World Cup and the 13th for a Dutch rider? He’s is shown here after winning the Grand Prix with a little more than a half percentage separating the pair from two Swedish combinations. © 2016 Hippo Foto – Dirk Caremans

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Mar. 26, 2016–A new World Cup champion will be crowned Sunday after 18 combinations from 11 nations perform their Grand Prix Freestyle for the annual global championship.

The Reem Acra FEI World Cup in this stadium that seats 11,200 is the eighth time being staged here since it was first held 31 years ago as the Final of the European winter indoor season. It embraces four leagues–two in Europe and one each in North American and the Pacific.

Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain and Valegro won the last two Finals but opted not to defend their title as the pair focus on preparing for the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Netherlands has won the World Cup 12 times, nine by Anky van Grunsven. Germany has taken the title eight times, Great Britain, Switzerland and the United States twice with Denmark, Finland, France and Sweden once each.

The Final can be seen live on FEI TV, a subscription service.

The starting order (times are Central European; delete 5 hours for US Eastern Time, add 10 hours for Australian Eastern Time)

GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE
1. 13:15 Umbro/Mary Hanna AUS
2. 13.25 Axis TSF/Terhi Stegars FIN
3. 13.35 Kartsevo Upperville/Tatiana Dorofeeva RUS
4. 13:45 Zero Gravity/Günter Seidel USA
5. 13:55 Kastel’s Nintendo/Charlotte Jorst USA
6. 14:05 Miata/Emilie Nyreröd SWE
7. 14:15 Sandro Boy/Lyndal Oatley/AUS
8. 14.25 Rubicon D/Beata Stremler POL
9. 14.35 Jojo Az/Agnete Kirk Thinggaard DEN
BREAK – 15 min.
10.15:00 Vancouver K/Judy Reynolds IRL
11.15:10 D’Agostino FRH/Fabienne Lütkemeier GER
12.15:20 Mister X/Inessa Merkulova RUS
13.15:30 Smeyers Molberg/Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI
14.15:40 Don Auriello/Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén SWE
15.15:50 Unee BB/Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER
16.16:00 Glock’s Flirt/Hans Peter Minderhoud NED
17.16:10 Donnperignon/Anna Kasprzak DEN
18.16:20 Watermill Scandic/Patrik Kittel SWE