Holland’s Emmelie Scholtens & Desperado Post Personal Best Score to Win Mechelen World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

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Emmelie Scholtens and Desperado. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

MECHELEN, Belgium, Dec. 29, 2019–Holland’s Emmelie Scholtens and Desperado won the Jumping Mechelen World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle with a personal best score Sunday, the second straight best competition result for the European Championship team silver medal pair.

Emmelie and the 11-year-old KWPN stallion scored 85.075%, the highest result so far for the pair that started Big Tour in mid-2018. Mechelen, the seventh of 11 qualifying competitions in the Western European League, was their second championship competition this season leading to the Final in Las Vegas in mid-April. The Grand Prix here was also a personal best result. The combination competed at Lyon, France two months ago and were on Holland’s silver medal team at the European Championship this summer.

Portugal’s Maria Caetano and the 12-year-old Lusitano stallion Coroado posted a personal best score of 80.940% for runner-up, surpassing the previous high mark of 80.160% logged at this same event a year ago.

Maria and Coroado are campaigning for their second World Cup Final, having ridden at the championship in Sweden last April. The duo also competed on the Portuguese team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon as well as the 2017 and 2019 European Championships, this year’s event earning Portugal a 2020 Olympic team place.

Juan Matute Guimon of Spain on Quantico. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Juan Matute Guimon of Spain posted a career high score of 80.510% on Quantico to place third. This was the first Big Tour result above 80% for the 22-year-old rider, who grew up in Wellington, Florida, but returned to his homeland for college and to develop his dressage career.

He has competed Quantico, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding, since Young Riders in 2014 and rode on Spanish teams at the European Under-25 Championships for individual bronze in 2017 and at the Tryon World Games last year to help Spain earn a start at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

He also rides Don Diego, a 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding, that in the past eight years he competed in European Junior Championships and the 2016 European Under-25s.

France’s Morgan Barbançon on Sir Donnerhall II was fourth on 79.780% to give her enough points to move tup to fifth on the Western European League standings.

If successful in qualifying for Las Vegas, it would be her fourth Final, having competed in 2015 in Las Vegas, 2018 in Paris and 2019 in Gothgenburg, Sweden. The 27-year-old rider also competed at the 2012 London Olympics for Spain before switching to ride for France almost two years ago.

The next Western European qualifier is scheduled for Amsterdam Jan. 23-26.

Results:

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: Maria Colliander Gotthilf Riexinger Jacques van Daele Susanne Baarup Freddy Leyman
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 85.075 NED Emmelie Scholtens Desperado N.O.P. 83.700 83.850 86.875 84.875 86.075 81.719 (1)
2. 80.940 POR Maria Caetano Coroado 76.675 82.375 82.250 80.425 82.975 79.211 (2)
3. 80.510 ESP Juan Matute Guimon Quantico 78.475 84.225 81.600 79.250 79.000 77.533 (4)
4. 79.780 FRA Morgan Barbancon Sir Donnerhall II OLD 79.650 80.450 80.125 79.075 79.600 78.489 (3)
5. 79.075 GBR Charlotte Fry Dark Legend 77.175 79.200 79.425 80.300 79.275 77.353 (6)
6. 78.870 POR João Miguel Torrao Equador 76.875 79.350 79.875 78.500 79.750 77.400 (5)
7. 78.370 FRA Anne Sophie Serre Actuelle De Massa 78.175 80.150 77.250 77.525 78.750 75.781 (8)
8. 77.185 NED Thamar Zweistra Hexagon’s Double Dutch 77.350 77.425 75.000 79.025 77.125 76.828 (7)
9. 75.705 BEL Jeroen Devroe Hyrano 74.825 76.475 74.200 74.825 78.200 72.646 (12)
10. 74.360 GER Frederic Wandres Westminster 71 72.225 75.450 74.600 75.475 74.050 74.037 (9)
11. 74.075 LUX Fie Christine Skarsoe So Dark 74.075 75.050 73.250 74.425 73.575 73.015 (10)
12. 72.455 DEN Mai Tofte Olesen Rustique 72.950 74.100 68.650 74.375 72.200 72.965 (11)
13. 72.135 SWE Michelle Hagman Hassink Chagall H 71.925 74.500 70.900 72.150 71.200 72.047 (13)
14. 68.170 BEL Fanny Verliefden Indoctro V/D Steenblok 68.650 68.925 67.400 69.375 66.500 69.776 (14)
RT. BEL Laurence Roos Fil Rouge