Portugal Takes Lead in Nations Cup Series Finale at Hickstead Despite Lara Butler & Rubin al Asad Winning Grand Prix

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Lara Butler and Rubin Al Asad. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

HICKSTEAD, England, July 26, 2019–Lara Butler on Rubin al Asad won the CDIO3* Nations Cup Grand Prix Friday but it was not enough to prevent Portugal from taking the lead in the finale of the trans-Atlantic series in only their second team competition in seven years of the series. The event will be decided by the Grand Prix Special and the Freestyle.

Lara and the 17-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 73.761%, their best Grand Prix result in almost two years.

However, personal best scores for Portugal’s João Miguel Torrao on Equador in second on 73.522% and Rodrigo Torres on Fogoso in third on 72.739% as well as Duarte Nogueira in seventh on 70.239% put them in the lead with 12 points based on placings of the top three from each country.

Hailey Watson-Greaves on Rubins Nite placed fifth on 71.174% and Sara Gallop on Bandero were ninth on 68.500% that gave Great Britain a total of 15 points.

Portugal competed in this same event a year ago, the country’s first Nations Cup in the seven years of the series.

The Netherlands were lying third on 23 points with Ireland fourth on 30 points.

The series champion is Sweden for the third year in a row based on points accumulated in its best four competitions in the lineup of eight events that began in Wellington, Florida in March before moving across the Atlantic to Europe.

Unless Great Britain can pull off a win here at home, the top three nations for 2019 are Sweden first, Germany second and the United States third.

Louise Bell on Into the Blue. The pair won the Hickstead CDI3* Grand Prix, their first CDI victory.

Louise Bell and the British-bred Into the Blue posted their first ever CDI victory when the British team pair won the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday.

Louise and the 13-year-old Anglo-European gelding scored 70.304% for the win a week after competing on Great Britain’s Nations Cup team at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany.

Laura Tomlinson on Duval’s Capri Sonne Jr. was second on 70.152% with Vicky Thompson Winfield on Mango Jacaro third on 68.891%.

Results:

CDIO3* Nations Cup Grand Prix

Judges-E: JEAN MICHEL ROUDIER H: STEPHEN CLARKE C: CHRISTOF UMBACH M: TIINA KAKKOLAINEN B: PETER HOLLER

Percentage (Rank)
Rank No Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1 55 LARA BUTLER
GBRFEI ID 10015853
RUBIN AL ASAD
HANNFEI ID 102VC47
75.217%
(1)
74.239%
(2)
75.435%
(1)
72.174%
(2)
71.739%
(4)
73.761%
2 67 JOAO MIGUEL TORRAO
PORFEI ID 10125907
EQUADOR
LUSITFEI ID 104YR24
74.348%
(2)
72.935%
(4)
74.783%
(2)
73.152%
(1)
72.391%
(2)
73.522%
3 68 RODRIGO TORRES
PORFEI ID 10017044
FOGOSO
LUSITFEI ID 105NX97
72.500%
(4)
74.348%
(1)
73.913%
(3)
69.239%
(6)
73.696%
(1)
72.739%
4 63 LUCIE LOUWS
NEDFEI ID 10165581
EVITO
KWPNFEI ID 105XE43
72.609%
(3)
71.848%
(5)
72.826%
(4)
70.761%
(3)
71.957%
(3)
72.000%
5 58 HAYLEY WATSON-GREAVES
GBRFEI ID 10088848
RUBINS NITE
BHHSFEI ID 103RB72
68.587%
(10)
73.370%
(3)
71.413%
(7)
70.761%
(3)
71.739%
(4)
71.174%
6 64 LYNNE MAAS
NEDFEI ID 10060660
ELECTRA
KWPNFEI ID 105HI39
70.978%
(6)
70.761%
(6)
71.630%
(6)
69.891%
(5)
69.239%
(7)
70.500%
7 138 DUARTE NOGUEIRA
PORFEI ID 10026372
BEIRAO
LUSITFEI ID 104RC83
70.109%
(7)
70.217%
(7)
72.283%
(5)
67.500%
(8)
71.087%
(6)
70.239%
8 60 KATE DWYER
IRLFEI ID 10010681
SNOWDON FABERGE
FEI ID 104FJ10
69.457%
(8)
69.674%
(8)
70.435%
(8)
66.087%
(12)
68.804%
(9)
68.891%
9 48 SARA GALLOP
GBRFEI ID 10099115
BANDERO
KWPNFEI ID 104QR58
71.630%
(5)
68.043%
(10)
69.022%
(9)
68.587%
(7)
65.217%
(15)
68.500%
10 128 JAMES CONNOR
IRLFEI ID 10000013
CASINO ROYAL
OLDBGFEI ID 104AZ51
66.522%
(11)
69.239%
(9)
68.261%
(10)
65.870%
(13)
69.022%
(8)
67.783%
11 66 MIGUEL RALAO DUARTE
PORFEI ID 10014853
XENOFONTE D’ATELA
LUSITFEI ID 104PV85
68.804%
(9)
67.500%
(12)
67.500%
(12)
67.065%
(11)
65.435%
(14)
67.261%
12 61 DANE RAWLINS
IRLFEI ID 10023774
ESPOIRE
WESTFFEI ID 104VF13
65.326%
(13)
65.652%
(13)
68.152%
(11)
67.500%
(8)
66.304%
(12)
66.587%
13 65 SASKIA MAERTENS
NEDFEI ID 10119171
LEGEND OF LOXLEY
WESTFFEI ID 104UB94
66.304%
(12)
65.000%
(15)
66.522%
(13)
67.283%
(10)
67.609%
(10)
66.543%
14 56 EMILE FAURIE
GBRFEI ID 10011350
CAFE’S CALETTA
OLDENFEI ID 106IG19
62.500%
(14)
67.609%
(11)
66.522%
(13)
65.652%
(14)
66.087%
(13)
65.674%
15 62 STEPHANIE DE FREL
NEDFEI ID 10023825
CALRIETA H
KWPNFEI ID 103LG62
62.500%
(14)
65.109%
(14)
65.000%
(15)
64.891%
(15)
66.630%
(11)
64.826%
16 59 BELINDA BERETON
IRLFEI ID 10148066
CAPTAIN NEGRO C
KWPNFEI ID 105ML15
59.348%
(16)
56.087%
(16)
61.522%
(16)
63.370%
(16)
58.913%
(16)
59.848%

CDI3* Grand Prix

Judges-E: CHRISTOF UMBACH H: PETER HOLLER C: STEPHEN CLARKE M: JEAN MICHEL ROUDIER B: TIINA KAKKOLAINEN

Rank No Rider Horse E H C M B Total
1 43 LOUISE ANNE BELL
GBR
INTO THE BLUE
AES
71.739%
(1)
69.891%
(2)
72.500%
(1)
68.478%
(5)
68.913%
(4)
70.304%
2 53 LAURA TOMLINSON
GBR
DUVAL’S CAPRI SONNE JR
KWPN
69.891%
(4)
69.457%
(4)
70.109%
(4)
72.065%
(1)
69.239%
(3)
70.152%
3 52 VICKY THOMPSON WINFIELD
GBR
MANGO JACARO
ANCCE
68.043%
(6)
68.478%
(7)
68.261%
(9)
68.587%
(4)
71.087%
(1)
68.891%
4 41 MIKAELA SORATIE
FIN
DACOR
HANN
70.000%
(3)
66.087%
(11)
70.326%
(3)
69.239%
(3)
68.587%
(6)
68.848%
5 44 LARA BUTLER
GBR
KRISTJAN
OLDBG
68.043%
(6)
71.304%
(1)
70.109%
(4)
68.152%
(6)
65.326%
(14)
68.587%
6 125 MIGUEL RALAO DUARTE
POR
DISTURBIO
LUSIT
67.826%
(9)
69.348%
(5)
69.348%
(7)
69.565%
(2)
66.630%
(9)
68.543%
7 137 EMILE FAURIE
GBR
QUENTANO 2
HANN
70.217%
(2)
64.022%
(17)
70.761%
(2)
67.174%
(8)
69.565%
(2)
68.348%
8 38 ULRIK MOELGAARD
DEN
MICHIGAN
DWB
67.065%
(12)
68.804%
(6)
69.783%
(6)
68.152%
(6)
67.391%
(7)
68.239%
9 140 VICKY THOMPSON WINFIELD
GBR
ARTIST
DWB
67.283%
(11)
69.891%
(2)
68.152%
(10)
66.413%
(11)
66.630%
(9)
67.674%
=10 37 WARWICK MCLEAN
AUS
SIR HEINRICH M
WESTF
68.913%
(5)
65.978%
(12)
66.087%
(12)
66.957%
(9)
68.696%
(5)
67.326%
=10 122 DANIEL GREENWOOD
GBR
CHEVALIER O
KWPN
67.935%
(8)
65.870%
(13)
68.913%
(8)
66.522%
(10)
67.391%
(7)
67.326%
12 123 KEITH ROBERTSON
GBR
BOHEME AF SULSTED
DWB
67.717%
(10)
66.196%
(10)
65.978%
(13)
64.348%
(15)
66.522%
(11)
66.152%
13 118 ELIZABETH DIEGUTIS
GBR
SASKIA HIT
OLDBG
66.413%
(13)
64.130%
(15)
65.870%
(14)
64.674%
(13)
66.196%
(12)
65.457%
14 117 WILLOW KEMP
GBR
DRAGON HEART
WBFSH
64.565%
(14)
65.435%
(14)
66.522%
(11)
64.565%
(14)
64.348%
(15)
65.087%
15 134 MOJCA USNIK
SLO
LIBERTINO
WESTF
62.826%
(15)
64.130%
(15)
65.217%
(15)
64.783%
(12)
65.978%
(13)
64.587%
16 127 PAVLA RUBICKOVA
CZE
XANGAI
LUSIT
62.065%
(16)
67.065%
(8)
64.457%
(16)
62.065%
(17)
62.826%
(16)
63.696%
17 136 STEPHANIE DE FREL
NED
BEACH BOY
KWPN
61.087%
(17)
66.630%
(9)
64.022%
(17)
63.043%
(16)
61.196%
(17)
63.196%
(W/D) 47 MARIA EILBERG
GBR
ROYAL CONCERT
OLDBG