Sweden’s Patrik Kittel & Delaunay Win Budapest World Cup Freestyle

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Patrik Kittel on Delaunay OLD. File photo. © 2019 Ken Bradding/dressage-news.com

BUDAPEST, Sept. 29, 2019–Patrik Kittel on Delaunay OLD won the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday to give the Swedish Olympian a jump start in seeking to qualify for what would be his eighth Final set for Las Vegas next April.

Patrik and the 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding that he rode at the 2019 Final in his homeland scored 78.375% for the win. The event was in the Central European League but was dominated by riders from Western Europe trying to earn points three weeks before the highly competitive WEL starts.

German team rider Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Zaire-E placed second on 77.875%. She competed in four Finals on Unee BB, including Las Vegas in 2015 where she placed third.

Morgan Barbançon on Sir Donnerhall II OLD, also looking to return to Las Vegas riding under the French flag unlike 2015 when she competed for Spain, was third on a personal best score of 77.750%.

Patrik Kittel earned 20 points for the win that transfer to the Western European League where he competes and will tie him for fourth place.

Morgan Barbançon moves into a tie at the top of the WEL standings with Inna Logutenkova of the Ukraine who is based in Western Europe.

This World Cup qualifier was the 13th of 16 on the Central European calendar. Belorussian riders Hanna Karasiova and Olga Safronova, who did not compete here, fill the top two places. Central Europe gets two invitations to the Final.

The next World Cup event in Central Europe is scheduled for Tallinn, Estonia next week.

The Western European league of 11 qualifiers kicks off in Herning, Denmark in three weeks.

Nicolas Wagner of Luxembourg on Quater Back Junior won the CDI3* Grand Prix Special on a score of 72.489%.

Patrik Kittel on Eddieni was second on 71.600% and Germany’s Lisa Müller Birkhof’s Dave third on 71.553%.

Results:

Budapest GP Fresstyle

Budapest CDI3* Grand Prix Special