South African Team Completes Exloo Olympic Qualifier But Still Needs Required Minimum Scores for Tokyo Start

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Tanya Seymour and Ramoneur at the 2016 Olympics, the first South African rider at the Games. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Oct. 25, 2019

South Africa on Friday completed a special qualifier for a dressage team start at the Olympics next year but still needs to earn some high enough scores by year’s end to become the 15th and last nation to go to Tokyo. If successful, the dressage team would be the nation’s first in more than a century of Olympic equestrian competition.

The four South African rider and horse combinations made up the only country with a team entered in the CDI3* Grand Prix at Exloo, Netherlands that was a special Olympic qualifier for the group of 34 in Africa and the Middle East.

Tanya Seymour, 35, and Ramoneur, 17-year-old Oldenburg stallion, that competed at the 2016 Rio as an individual and the first Olympic equestrian from South Africa, was the highest scoring member of the team Friday on 67.065%.

Nicole Smith, 28, on Chi La Rou, 13-year-old KWPN mare scored 64.913%, Gretha Ferreira, 30, on Lertevangs Lavinia, 14-year-old Danish Warmblood mare, were awarded 63.652% and Laurienne Dittmann, 48, on Don Weltino K, 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, 62.239%.

Jeanine Nieuwenhuis on TC Athene. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Jeanine Nieuwenhuis of the Netherlands on TC Athene won the Grand Prix on a score of 70.609%, the first Big Tour start for the 24-year-old rider and the 14-year-old gelding.

Jeanine and Athene swept the European Under-25 Championships three months ago to cap five years of youth competition victories including the 2016 European Young Rider Championships.

Michelle Hagman Hassink of Sweden on Chagall H was second on 70.370% and Holland’s Lynne Maas on Eastpoint third on 69.652%.

For South Africa, Tanya on Ramoneur and Gretha on Lertevangs Lavinia are the only two pairs to have already attained the Minimum Eligibility Requirements of two Grand Prix scores of 66% this year.

The team start now depends on Laurienne on Don Weltino K with one score or Nicole on Chi La Rou with none so far to meet the 66% threshhold twice by Dec. 31 to validate the team start.

This special qualifier was designed to fill the maximum of 15 teams of three combination at Tokyo next July.

Australia, Bazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United States as well as host nation Japan have claimed 14 of the slots.

Fifteen individual places will be determined by next June.

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix/Special Olympic Qualifier

Judges-E: Maarten van der Heijden-NED H: Elke Ebert-GER C: Magnus Ringmark-SWE M: Alban Tissot-FRA B: Isobel Wessels-GBR

Pl. HORSE – Breeding
sex\colour\born\sire x siredam\
Nat.  E  H  C  M  B Total
RIDER
owner
Rank Rank Rank Rank Rank
1 TC ATHENE – KWPN
G \ Chestnut \ 2005 \ UNITED x JAZZ
NED
72.609 72.826 69.457 70.109 68.043 70.609
Jeanine  NIEUWENHUIS
T.J.M.Coomans & G.M.Maree
( 1 ) ( 1 ) ( 4 ) ( 2 ) ( 7 )
2 CHAGALL H – RHEIN
G \ Chestnut \ 2007 \ CHIRLON x DONNERLORD
SWE
70.109 70.870 70.870 69.130 70.870 70.370
Michelle  HAGMAN HASSINK
Dietmar HAX
( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 2 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 )
3 EASTPOINT – KWPN
S \ Bay \ 2009 \ WESTPOINT x NEGRO
NED
69.022 68.587 67.826 71.739 71.087 69.652
Lynne  MAAS
J.P.J. & L.A. Maas & L.F.L. van Lieren
( 4 ) ( 4 ) ( 9 ) ( 1 ) ( 1 )
4 HURACAN 10 – DWB
G \ darkbay \ 2008 \ BLUE HORS HOTLINE x BLUE HORS DON SCHUFRO
JPN
70.109 67.391 69.565 68.043 69.565 68.935
Hiroyuki  KITAHARA
Japan Racing Association
( 2 ) ( 6 ) ( 3 ) ( 5 ) ( 5 )
5 ROBLE – HANN
G \ Dark Bay \ 2003 \ RAVALLO x DONNERSCHWEE
PLE
67.935 66.739 70.978 68.587 66.630 68.174
Christian  ZIMMERMANN
Zimmermann, Christian
( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 1 ) ( 4 ) ( 10 )
6 VRBGROUP´S CARON – KWPN
G \ Bay \ 2007 \ FLORENCIO 2 x GOODTIMES
NED
67.174 68.804 67.826 64.891 70.652 67.869
Agatha  VAN DER LEI
M F M RIJBROEK
( 11 ) ( 3 ) ( 9 ) ( 16 ) ( 4 )
7 TRIBIANI – NWB
G \ Chestnut \ 2004 \ S. LANDTINUS DVH 674 x LANDADEL
SGP
68.587 66.630 67.500 66.304 69.239 67.652
Caroline  CHEW
Melanie CHEW, Tony CHEW
( 5 ) ( 8 ) ( 12 ) ( 9 ) ( 6 )
8 EXCELLENT BLACK – KWPN
S \ Black \ 2009 \ PAINTED BLACK x DONNERHALL 11
NED
68.370 67.935 64.348 65.978 70.761 67.478
Golda  NUNES NABARRO
Golda NUNES NABARRO
( 6 ) ( 5 ) ( 19 ) ( 11 ) ( 3 )
9 RAMONEUR 6 – OLDBG
S \ Dark chestnut \ 2002 \ ROHDIAMANT x ALABASTER
RSA
65.978 65.326 68.478 67.609 67.935 67.065
Tanya  SEYMOUR
Tanya Seymour
( 15 ) ( 14 ) ( 6 ) ( 6 ) ( 8 )
10 LUDWIG DER SONNENKOENIG 2 – OLDBG
S \ Chestnut \ 2006 \ LONDON SWING x LIBERATOR
JPN
68.152 65.543 68.370 65.109 66.196 66.674
Kazuki  SADO
HELGSTRAND DRESSAGE A/S
( 7 ) ( 11 ) ( 7 ) ( 15 ) ( 14 )
11 ELECTRA – KWPN
M \ Black \ 2009 \ JAZZ x OLYMPIC FERRO
NED
67.065 63.696 69.022 66.304 66.304 66.478
Lynne  MAAS
L.A. Maas
( 12 ) ( 17 ) ( 5 ) ( 9 ) ( 13 )
12 SIR DIAMOND – OLDBG
G \ Black \ 2005 \ SANDRO HIT x DE NIRO
GER
67.935 65.761 66.413 64.891 67.174 66.435
Juliette  PIOTROWSKI
Haller, Claudia
( 8 ) ( 9 ) ( 13 ) ( 16 ) ( 9 )
13 UNAZALEE DE MASSA
M \ Bay \ 2008 \ RUBIN CORTES (DE) OLD x MAESTRO JGB
PLE
66.848 65.761 66.413 65.217 66.413 66.130
Diana  AL SHAER
Al Shaer, Diana
( 13 ) ( 9 ) ( 13 ) ( 14 ) ( 12 )
14 ZERONICA – KWPN
M \ Chestnut \ 2004 \ TALOS x HARALD
NED
65.435 65.109 68.261 67.283 64.457 66.109
Anouk  NOORDMAN
Anouk NOORDMAN
( 18 ) ( 15 ) ( 8 ) ( 7 ) ( 19 )
15 BAROLO – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2006 \ BREITLING W x HITCHCOCK
JPN
67.283 65.543 65.326 64.565 66.630 65.869
Kazuki  SADO
Japan Racing Association
( 10 ) ( 11 ) ( 16 ) ( 18 ) ( 10 )
16 ELMEGARDENS MARQUIS – DWB
G \ Bay \ 1999 \ MICHELLINO x LUCKY LIGHT
GEO
64.674 64.783 65.543 67.283 65.543 65.565
Joanne  VAUGHAN
Joanne Vaughan
( 20 ) ( 16 ) ( 15 ) ( 7 ) ( 15 )
17 BELLATRE D.E.S. – KWPN
M \ Chestnut \ 2006 \ SERANO GOLD x RUBINSTEIN I
JPN
64.565 63.261 67.609 65.870 65.435 65.348
Ryunosuke  KURODA
Ryunosuke KURODA
( 21 ) ( 18 ) ( 11 ) ( 12 ) ( 17 )
18 CHI LA ROU – KWPN
M \ Bay \ 2007 \ FLORETT AS x PABLO
RSA
65.978 62.065 65.326 65.761 65.435 64.913
Nicole  SMITH
Nicole Smith
( 15 ) ( 23 ) ( 16 ) ( 13 ) ( 17 )
19 HESLEGAARDS RISMON – DWB
G \ Grey \ 2005 \ HESLEGARD’S RUBIN x HESLEGAARD´S LOUIS
RUS
65.543 65.543 63.478 63.804 65.543 64.782
Ekaterina  PODLYTKINA
Ekaterina PODLYTKINA
( 17 ) ( 11 ) ( 20 ) ( 20 ) ( 15 )
20 CITTA – KWPN
M \ Chestnut \ 2007 \ JAZZ x CANDYBOY
NOR
66.087 62.717 64.783 63.043 64.239 64.174
Jonas  ELVEBAKK
Jonas Elvebakk and Lars Lindoe and Grønvold-Johannessen Fami
( 14 ) ( 20 ) ( 18 ) ( 21 ) ( 21 )
21 LERTEVANGS LAVINIA – DWB
M \ Bay \ 2005 \ CELEBRATION F. DAMGAARD x LINARO
RSA
64.457 62.500 63.043 63.913 64.348 63.652
Gretha  FERREIRA
Gretha Ferreira-Veldman
( 22 ) ( 21 ) ( 21 ) ( 19 ) ( 20 )
22 ALL AT ONCE – KWPN
G \ Black \ 2010 \ AMPERE x I.P.S. GRIBALDI
MAR
63.804 62.935 63.043 60.978 63.152 62.782
Yessin  RAHMOUNI
STAL 104 BV
( 23 ) ( 19 ) ( 21 ) ( 25 ) ( 23 )
23 DON WELTINO K – HANN
G \ Chestnut \ 2006 \ DON FREDERICO x WELTMEYER
RSA
61.087 62.500 61.848 62.500 63.261 62.239
Laurienne  DITTMANN
Dittmann, Laurienne
( 25 ) ( 21 ) ( 23 ) ( 22 ) ( 22 )
24 ELVIS – KWPN
S \ Bay \ 2009 \ ROUSSEAU x OSMIUM
VEN
65.326 60.435 61.848 61.413 61.848 62.174
Patricia  FERRANDO
Patricia FERRANDO
( 19 ) ( 25 ) ( 23 ) ( 23 ) ( 24 )
25 RONALDO – DWB
G \ Bay \ 2006 \ ROMANOV x DON SCHUFRO
CHI
63.478 61.522 60.761 61.413 60.761 61.587
Virginia  YARUR
Virginia YARUR
( 24 ) ( 24 ) ( 25 ) ( 23 ) ( 25 )
26 DON CARISSIMO – HANN
G \ Bay \ 2005 \ DON CRUSADOR x WORLD CUP III
IRI
60.217 59.891 60.435 60.543 60.435 60.304
Litta Soheila  SOHI
Mr Steve and Mrs Anne Keen
( 26 ) ( 26 ) ( 26 ) ( 26 ) ( 26 )
BONIFAZ VON INSEL – FWB
G \ Bay \ 2010 \ DE NIRO 6 x LACAPO
KOR
ELIMINATED
Chisu  KIM
Chisu KIM