World Cup Grand Prix Starting Lineup at Gothenburg, Sweden 1300 Local/7 am US ET Friday
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, April 3, 2019–The lineup for the World Cup Final was set by a draw Wednesday night with Ireland’s Judy Reynolds on Vancouver K the first of 18 riders and horses to go in the Grand Prix at 1300 local/7 am US ET Friday.
German superstar and world No. 1 Isabell Werth on Weihegold OLD, champion in 2017 in Omaha and 2018 in Paris, will start in the 11th spot.
The USA’s Laura Graves on Verdades, reserve champion the past two years and currently ranked No. 2, will be the 15th to go.
Among other top contenders, 2013 champion rider Helen Langehanenberg and the American-owned Damsey FRH will start in the 10th slot, and Denmark’s Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Blue Hors Zack, ranked 12th in the world, goes 14th.
Americans Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet that competed at the Final in 2017 and ranked No. 5 in the world goes ninth while Adrienne Lyle on Salvino, an Olympic and two-time world championship rider but a wild card in her first Final starts at 13th.
Local fans that have bought every available ticket for the Scandinavium arena and will be sure to voice loud and enthusiastic appreciation will find the Swedish riders Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Don Aurellio starting third while Olympic and World Games team mate Patrik Kittel on Delaunay OLD will be 17th.
Some riders made it clear they disagreed with the way the draw was conducted–Emmelie Scholtens on Apache in her first World Cup as a wild card will go last while fellow Dutch combination Hans Peter Minderhoud, a former champion and who finished in sixth place in Western Europe will start seventh, in the first half of the competition.
Some embarrassment for the organizers of the draw event that featured a popular Swedish pop group was loud and persistent to change a display of the Russian flag alongside the name of Olga Safronova of Belarus as riding fifth on Sandro D Amour.
The seven judges for the World Cup Grand Prix are: K: Maria Colliander-FIN E: Magnus Ringmark-SWE H: Thomas Lang-AUT C – Stephen Clarke-GBR M: Maria Schwennesen-AUS B: Henning Lehrmann-GER F: Jean-Michel Roudier-FRA
The starting lineup beginning at 1300 local/7 am US Eastern time Friday:
13:00–Judy Reynolds, 37, IRL & Vancouver K, 17-year-old KWPN gelding (Jazz x Ferro), owned by Joe & Kathleen Reynolds – WR 24
13:09–Maria Caetano, 32, POR & Coroado, 12-year-old Lusitano stallion (Rubi x Xaquiro), owned by Juan Manuel Cordeiro – WR 44
13:18–Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén, 51, SWE & Don Auriello, 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Don Davidoff x White Star), owned by Lövsta Stuteri/Antonia Ax:son Johnson – WR 14
13:27–Tanya Seymour, 35, RSA & Ramoneur, 17-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Rohdiamant x Alabaster), owned by Tanya Seymour – WR 183
13:36–Olga Safronova, 27 years old, BLR & Sandro D Amour, 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding (San Amur x Rubinstein I), owned by Olga Safronova – WR 196
13:45–Yvonne Losos de Muñiz, 51, DOM & Aquamarijn, 14-year-old KWPN mare (United x Gribaldi), owned by Yvonne Losos de Muñiz – WR 97
13:54–Hans Peter Minderhoud, 45, NED & Glock’s Dream Boy, 11-year-old KWPN stallion (Vivaldi x Ferro), owned by Glock HPC NL B.V./Palmar BV-J.T.M. Maree/Stal Brinkman V.O.F./TC Dutch Sport Horses-T.J.M. Coomans – WR 17
14:03–Morgan Barbançon Mestre, 26, FRA & Sir Donnerhall II OLD, 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall II), owned by Henrik Nyreroed & Sabine Kloy – WR 44
14:12–Kasey Perry-Glass, 31, USA & Dublet, 16-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding (Diamond Hit x Ferro), owned by Diane Perry – WR 5
14.43–Helen Langehanenberg, 36, GER & Damsey FRH, 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Dressage Royal x Ritual), owned by Louise Leatherdale & Susanne Meyer – WR 6
14:52–Isabell Werth, 49, & Weihegold OLD, 14-year-old Oldenburg mare (Blue Hors Don Schufro x Sandro Hit), owned by Christine Arns-Krogmann – Defending Champion – WR 1
15:01–Regina Isachkina, 48, RUS & Sun of May Life, 10-year-old Rhinelander stallion (San Amour x Rubioso N), owned by Regina Isachkina – WR 75
15:10–Adrienne Lyle, 34, USA & Salvino, 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion (Sandro Hit x Donnerhall), owned by Betsy Juliano LLC – WR 15
15:19–Daniel Bachmann Andersen, 28, DEN & Blue Hors Zack, 15-year-old KWPN stallion (Rousseau x Jazz), owned by Blue Hors Aps – WR 12
15:28–Laura Graves, 31, USA & Verdades, 17-year-old KWPN gelding (Florett AS x Goya), owned by Laura Graves & Curt Maes – WR 2
15:37–Benjamin Werndl, 34, GER & Daily Mirror, 15-year-old Westfalen gelding (Damon Hill x Florestan I), owned by Flora Keller – WR 22
15:46–Patrik Kittel, 42, SWE & Delaunay OLD, 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Dr. Doolittle 45 x Feinbrand), owned by Patrik Kittel, Carol and Andrew Oatley – WR 71
15:55–Emmelie Scholtens, 33, NED & Apache, 14-year-old KWPN stallion (UB-40 x Krack C), owned by A. Valk – WR 28