Aachen Nations Cup, Last Big Time Show Before Olympics, To Decide Remaining Top Teams for Rio

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Jose Daniel Martin Dockx and Grandioso in their return to the competition arena after almost four months out with an injury. © 2016 Len Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx and Grandioso in their return to the competition arena after almost four months out with an injury. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, July 13, 2016–Ten countries will compete in the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Nations Cup that kicks off Thursday that will decide the team for powerhouse Germany for the Olympics as well as for Denmark and Spain.

At the same time, the Netherlands national championships are being staged just 150 miles (240km) away in Ermelo where another medal contending team will be decided.

Australia, Belgium, Great Britain, Japan, Sweden and the United States also have teams in the Nations Cup, but their riders for the Olympics have already been decided.

Competition began Wednesday in the Deutsche Bank stadium at the CHIO, as the Aachen show is designated with Nations Cups in multiple sports, with a world class Prix St. Georges won by Woodlander Farouche and Michael Eilberg, the British partnership that were world champions at both five and six years of age.

Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Farouche on their way to victory in the Prix St. Georges. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Farouche on their way to victory in the Prix St. Georges. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The British-bred Hanoverian mare, owned by Michael’s parents and Anne Walton who has several horses competing in eventing and Farouche is her one venture into dressage, wowed the mostly German crowd with a score of 76.368 per cent with the top German riders Dorothee Schneider on Santiago second on 75.263 per cent Isabell Werth on the seven-year-old DSP Belantis third on 73.895 per cent.

Hubertus Schmidt on Imperio with 76.403 per cent led a German sweep of the top three places in the CDI4* Grand Prix.

Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on her 2015 World Cup bronze medal mount Unee BB was second on 74.900 per cent and Annabel Balkenhol on her 2012 Olympic and 2010 World Games mount Dablino was third on  74.486 per cent.

A highlight of the Big Tour was the return to competition of Jose Martin Dockx on the American-owned Grandioso that was out of the show ring for almost four months with an injury that threatened the pair’s chances of making their second Olympic team.

Jose and the 17-year-old stallion scored 71.500 per cent in an outing that the rider described as a superb return as he did not know what to expect after so long away from competition and the first time back in in arena that to the dressage world is the equivalent of Wimbledon’s Center Court with the accompanying crowd and electricity.

Chris von Martels on Divertimento, the duo that were contenders for one of Canada’s two starting places at the Rio Olympics, scored 69.114 per cent in the first competition for the pair outside North America since their partnership began in Florida at the start of the year.

Chris von Martels on Divertimento in the Aachen, Germany CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Chris von Martels on Divertimento in the Aachen, Germany CDI4* Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix

Judges: K: Thomas Lang E: Susanne Baarup H: Maribel Alonso C: Gary Rockwel M: Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode B: Peter Holler F: Stephen Clarke

RANK NR. RIDER

EUR PERCENTAGE
HORSE 

1 349
Hubertus Schmidt
GER
3200 76.043
Imperio 3 

2 381
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
GER
2000 74.900
Unee BB 

3 313
Anabel Balkenhol
GER
1400 74.486
Dablino FRH 

4 314
Fabienne Lütkemeier
GER
1000 73.814
D´Agostino FRH 

5 355
Jenny Lang-Nobbe
GER
700 72.700
Loverboy 26 

6 364
Beata Stremler
POL
600 72.429
Rubicon D 

7 307
Charlott-Maria Schürmann
GER
400 71.943
Burlington FRH 

8 344
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx
ESP
300 71.500
Grandioso

9 357
Mikala Münter Gundersen
DEN
200 71.329
My Lady 

10 325
Inna Logutenkova
UKR
100 70.371
Don Gregorius 

11 361
Jan-Dirk Giesselmann
GER
100 69.357
Real Dancer FRH 

12 397
Henri Ruoste
FIN
69.257
Roble 

13 396
Chris von Martels
CAN
69.114
Divertimento 

14 300
Claudio Castilla Ruiz
ESP
68.571
Alcaide

15 376
Bernadette Brune
GER
68.386
Spirit Of The Age OLD 

16 390
Borja Carrascosa
ESP
68.300
Wonder 

17 316
Shelly Francis
USA
68.214
Danilo 

18 315
Victoria Michalke
GER
67.686
Dance On OLD 

19 395
Julie Brougham
NZL
67.586
Vom Feinsten 

20 342
Morgan Barbançon Mestre
ESP
66.471
Girasol 7

21 308
Agnete Kirk Thinggaard
DEN
66.429
Cassio 

Prix St. Georges

Judges: E: Maribel Alonso H: Maja Stukelj C: Annette Fransén-Iacobaeus M: Ulrike Nivelle B: Thomas Lang

RANK NR. RIDER

EUR PERCENTAGE
HORSE 

1 391
Michael Eilberg
GBR
1300 76.368
Woodlander Farouche 

2 368
Dorothee Schneider
GER
900 75.263
Santiago 221 

3 330
Isabell Werth
GER
600 73.895
DSP Belantis

4 334
Hubertus Schmidt
GER
400 73.026
Escolar 

5 377
Helen Langehanenberg
GER
200 72.921
Suppenkasper 

6 341
Ingrid Klimke
GER
160 71.553
Geraldine 189 

7 386
Jorinde Verwimp
BEL
110 69.868
Wendor 

8 340
Isabel Freese
NOR
110 68.868
Fuerst Levantino 

9 320
Juan Matute Guimon
ESP
110 68.711
Dhannie Ymas 

10 339
Nadine Capellmann
GER
110 67.974
Forpost

11 393
Judy Reynolds
IRL
67.947
Zigal 

12 365
Shelly Francis
USA
67.605
Rubinio 

13 311
Julia de Ridder
GER
67.500
Comtessa 103 

14 375
Marcela Krinke Susmelj
SUI
66.789
Smeyers Sonny Star