Pierre Volla on Badinda Altena Saved from Slaughter Keeps France in Hickstead Nations Cup Lead, USA Second, Netherlands 3rd, Britain 4th

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Pierre Volla riding Badinda Altena to victory in the Grand Prix Special to keep France in the lead at the Hickstead Nations Cup. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

HICKSTEAD, England, July 29, 2017–Pierre Volla on Badinda Altena, the mare he saved from slaughter because of a big scar from an injury as a foal, won the Grand Prix Special to lead France to extend its lead in the CDIO3* Nations Cup finale of the seven-event trans-Atlantic series.

The United States remained in second place, the Netherlands third and Great Britain fourth with the Grand Prix Freestyle deciding the event that ends the second year as an official International Equestrian Federation (FEI) series that has come under fire for a confusing array of four different formats for the seven events.

Pierre, 36 years old who was a jumper rider until eight years ago, and the 11-year-old KWPN scored 71.098 per cent for a personal best as was the duo’s class-leading Grand Prix result Friday.

Great Britain’s Becky Moody on Carinsio placed second on 70.863 per cent in what was another chilly, rainy day that kept spectators away.

 

Great Britain’s Becky Moody on Carinsio who placed in the Grand Prix Special. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Chase Hickok of Wellington, Florida on the 18-year-old Sagacious HF was the leading American pair for the second day, scoring 70.843 per cent.

The standings after the Grand Prix and the Special with the best score from the freestyle Sunday to count were: 1. France 354.581; 2. USA 352.095; 3. Netherlands 351.013; 4. Great Britain 349.970.

 

Chase Hickok on Sagacious HF that placed third in the Nations Cup Grand Prix Special. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Pierre Volla said that as horse sales agent and married to a dressage rider he decided to switch to dressage IN 2009 when he was getting more inquiries for dressage horses because “I think it’s better when I ride the horse for sale. I prefer jumping but I’m better in dressage.”

He found Badinda Altena when she was three years old and consigned for slaughter.

He paid €3,000/US$3,500 for the horse, hoping to sell her

“I had a very good feeling with her,” he said. “She was really difficult when she was three to five years old and no one wanted to buy her.

“So I had to keep her,” he laughed.

After qualifying in France, Pierre took Badinda Altena as a six-year-old to the World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany.

The pair began their Big Tour career in March, 2015 and five months later made it to the French team at the European Championships in Aachen, Germany.

The French Olympic team at Rio de Janeiro followed a year later.

Charlotte Dujardin and Hawtins Delicato competed a sweep of the CDI2* Small Tour by winning the Intermediate Freestyle following victories in the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate 1.

Charlotte Dujardin on Hawtins Delicato celebrating their sweep of the Hickstead CDI2* Small Tour. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDIO3* Grand Prix Special

Judges–E: Susan Hoevenaars H: Jacque van Daele C: Gustav Svalling M: Peter Engel B: Trond Asmyr

Percentage (Rank)
Pl. Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1. PIERRE VOLLA
FRAFEI ID 10062012
BADINDA ALTENA
MECKLFEI ID 103QB24
72.059%
(2)
69.216%
(6)
72.255%
(2)
72.549%
(2)
69.412%
(6)
71.098%
2. BECKY MOODY
GBRFEI ID 10013657
CARINSIO
KWPNFEI ID 103RM29
73.627%
(1)
70.000%
(3)
70.784%
(4)
68.627%
(7)
71.275%
(2)
70.863%
3. CHASE HICKOK
USAFEI ID 10064579
SAGACIOUS HF
KWPNFEI ID USA40330
70.392%
(5)
69.804%
(4)
72.353%
(1)
72.745%
(1)
68.922%
(8)
70.843%
4. STEPHANIE DE FREL
NEDFEI ID 10023825
BEACH BOY
KWPNFEI ID 105NO62
71.275%
(3)
71.078%
(2)
71.373%
(3)
68.039%
(8)
71.569%
(1)
70.667%
5. ARNAUD SERRE (T)
FRAFEI ID 10045173
ULTRABLUE DE MASSA
PSHFEI ID 103ZU68
70.784%
(4)
71.275%
(1)
67.745%
(8)
69.118%
(5)
70.294%
(3)
69.843%
6. STEPHANIE PETERS
NEDFEI ID 10003414
BERNARDAU
KWPNFEI ID 105SX54
70.098%
(7)
68.431%
(8)
70.000%
(6)
70.000%
(4)
70.000%
(4)
69.706%
7. EMMA HINDLE
GBRFEI ID 10011470
ROMY DEL SOL
DEFEI ID 104HR04
70.098%
(7)
69.608%
(5)
70.098%
(5)
68.824%
(6)
69.510%
(5)
69.627%
8. KATHERINE BATESON CHANDLER
USAFEI ID 10003276
ALCAZAR
KWPNFEI ID 103IA62
70.392%
(5)
69.020%
(7)
68.235%
(7)
70.294%
(3)
69.118%
(7)
69.412%
9. SARAH MILLIS
GBRFEI ID 10023773
HOFJUWEL
FEI ID 103ZF39
67.549%
(10)
66.765%
(11)
66.275%
(10)
67.745%
(9)
68.137%
(9)
67.294%
10. CAROLINE CHEW
SGPFEI ID 10034877
TRIBANI
NWAFEI ID 104TL84
67.745%
(9)
65.294%
(12)
67.549%
(9)
64.608%
(11)
68.039%
(10)
66.647%
11. JACQUELINE WING YING SIU
HKGFEI ID 10028176
FERRERA
FEI ID HKG40006
66.373%
(11)
67.059%
(10)
64.118%
(11)
65.784%
(10)
67.255%
(11)
66.118%
12. HENRIETTE ANDERSON
GBRFEI ID 10016764
FLAVIO
DSPFEI ID 103VQ29
65.686%
(12)
68.235%
(9)
64.020%
(12)
64.020%
(12)
66.275%
(12)
65.647%
13. LUCY FALLEN
GBRFEI ID 10075992
CRUISE
HVFEI ID 103MG54
64.510%
(13)
63.922%
(13)
58.529%
(13)
61.176%
(13)
62.255%
(13)
62.078%
14. LITTA SOHEILA SOHI
IRIFEI ID 10104192
AIR FK
KWPNFEI ID 104GL82
58.137%
(14)
55.980%
(14)
54.314%
(14)
57.353%
(14)
56.275%
(14)
56.412%