Inessa Merkulova & Mister X Win Niznihy Novgorod World Cup Freestyle

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Inessa Merkulova and Mister X. File photo © Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com
Inessa Merkulova and Mister X. File photo © Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, June 12, 2016–Inessa Merkulova and Mister X won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday with the second highest score for a Big Tour musical performance by the Russian pair preparing for a start at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

The Russian rider and her 12-year-old Russian-bred Trakehner stallion scored 83.125 per cent, beaten only by their top mark of 83.150 per cent posted in February in Moscow.

The pair, ranked No. 8 in the world, won the Grand Prix Saturday also with the second highest score in three years at Big Tour.

Hanna Karasiova of Belarus on Arlekino was second on 74.600 per cent and Marina Aframeeva and Vosk, also owned by Inessa Merkulova, was third on 73.850 per cent.

The results kept the three highest place-getters atop the Central European League standings–Inessa Merkulova with 40 points, Hanna Karasiova with 34 and Marina Aframeeva with 30 after two competitions leading to the final of the World Cup in Omaha, Nebraska next March.

Inessa and Mister X have competed at the last three finals of the annual World Cup, in 2014 at Lyon, France; 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada and 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden as well as the 2015 European Championships and the 2014 World Games.

Results:

CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges-Andrew Gardner GBR H: Jacques van Daele BEL C Irina Maknami RUS M: Gustav Svalling SWE B: Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode NED

RIDER HORSE E H C M B Total Pl.
Natalia SINILNIKOVA, RUS IZBRANNIK- G/00, Galaktionov Y., UKR WB, Сhestnut, Bushprit 61,880 67,500 63,880 63,000 61,380 63,525  11
Vera KHALIKOVA, RUS ALGA- F/08, Minaev A., RWB, black., Gepard  62,380 64,130 63,630 60,130 66,500 63,350  13
Galina ZAYARNAYA, RUS LAIKNETS- G/04, Zayarnaya G., LATV, Bay, Lions  65,250 61,130 65,130 62,380 63,500 63,475  12
Inessa MERКULOVA, RUS AVANS- S/05, Merкulova I., LATV, Вay, Aromat  72,000 71,380 74,130 72,250 69,380 71,825  4
Hanna KARASIOVA, BLR ZODIAK- G/08, OOO “TEHSTROIRESURS”, LATV, Bay, Zidane Velvet  72,500 70,130 72,630 68,130 68,250 70,325  5
Ala NIKANORAVA, BLR VATIKAN- G/03, Mogilev regional Olimpic centre, HANN, Bay, Kobrin  69,250  70,750 69,000 71,250 68,880 69,825  6
Volha IHUMENTSAVA, BLR ED KHARDI- M/05, Ihumentsava V., HANN, bay, Earl  67,250 64,880 65,380 64,380 68,500 66,075  10
Regina ISACHKINA, RUS RUBINIO ROYAL- G/05, Isachkina R., WESTF, Bay, Rubin Kortez  70,130 69,500 67,880 66,250 68,250  68,400  9
Larisa BUSHINA, RUS JU JU- G/04, Sokolova V.& Bushina L., HANN, Bay, Vdumchivy  70,000 67,500 70,380 65,750 69,130 68,550  8
Katsiaryna YAFREMAVA, BLR LATINO- G/06Yafremava K., POL WB, Вay, Caretino K  68,500 69,250 69,880 69,250 68,750 69,125  7
Inessa MERКULOVA, RUS MISTER X- G/04, Merкulova I., TRAK, Вay,Egeus  83,000 83,630 84,000  82,750 82,250 83,125  1
Marina AFRAMEEVA, RUS VOSK- G/05, Merkulova I., HANN, Вay, Vodoley  73,500 72,750 74,630 71,880 76,500 73,850  3
Hanna KARASIOVA, BLR ARLEKINO- G/06, OOO “TEHSTROIRESURS”, LATV, Bay, Aromats  75,380  74,750 74,250 73,000  75,630  74,600  2