Mister X Returns With Inessa Merkulova to Win Ratomka World Cup Grand Prix & Freestyle

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Inessa Merkulova on Mister X. File photo © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

RATOMKA, Belarus, Oct. 17, 2020–Mister X, the top Russian dressage horse this century, returned to competition after a two-year break with Inessa Merkulova riding the Russian-bred Trakehner to victory in the World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle Sunday.

Inessa and Mister X, now 16 years old, scored 78.200% in the freestyle, a day after scoring 75.370% in the Grand Prix at the sixth qualifier in the Central European League to seek a start at the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April.

Marina Aframeeva on Arums, owned by Inessa and competed by Marina at Small Tour in 2016, placed second on 75.260%.

Olga Safranova of Belarus on Sandro D Amour was third on 73.730%.

Russia’s Regina Isachkina on Fyrca placed fourth on 72.565% and fifth on Sun of May Life on 72.455%, that appeared to be enough to move the rider to the top of the Central European standings. 

Inessa, whose expressive celebrations has made her a favorite of spectators, first competed the spectacular-moving Mister X at international Grand Prix in June 2013. The pair went to the 2016 Olympics, the 2014 and 2018 World Equestrian Games and five straight World Cup Finals from 2014 through 2018.

Mister X injured himself at home in Moscow in September 2018, just weeks after the World Games.

Inessa, 55 years old, and who has competed other horses while Mister X recovered was herself severely injured in an accident in January this year.

Two more Central European qualifiers are scheduled, Zakrzow, Poland next week and Motesice in Slovakia next month.

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle

Judges: E: Elke Ebert-GER H: Eva-Maria Vint-Warmington-EST C: Natallia Rubashko-BLR M: Nataliya Petukhova-BLR B: Irina Maknami-RUS

               

 

 

Pl.

 

Rider

 

Nation

Horse

   

E
Tech Art ∑

H
Tech Art ∑

C
Tech Art ∑

M
Tech Art ∑

B
Tech Art ∑

TOTAL

1

 

MERKULOVA Inessa

 

RUS

MISTER X

   

74,500 79,000 76,750 1

77,750 79,400 78,575 1

76,500 79,600 78,050 1

78,500 81,000 79,750 1

75,750 80,000 77,875 1

78,200

2

 

AFRAMEEVA, Marina

 

RUS

ARUMS

   

70,250 74,000 72,125 5

74,250 77,200 75,725 2

74,750 79,000 76,875 2

74,500 77,400 75,950 2

72,250 79,000 75,625 2

75,260

3

 

SAFRONOVA Olga

 

BLR

SANDRO D AMOUR

   

71,750 77,000 74,375 2

68,250 73,800 71,025 6

70,250 78,600 74,425 3

71,500 75,400 73,450 3

71,750 79,000 75,375 3

73,730

4

 

ISACHKINA Regina

 

RUS

FYRCA

   

72,250 74,200 73,225 4

69,250 76,000 72,625 3

69,000 74,000 71,500 6

69,750 74,200 71,975 6

71,000 76,000 73,500 4

72,565

5

 

ISACHKINA Regina

 

RUS

SUN OF MAY LIFE

   

71,500 75,800 73,650 3

68,750 74,000 71,375 5

68,250 75,000 71,625 5

70,000 75,000 72,500 5

69,250 77,000 73,125 5

72,455

6

 

AFRAMEEVA, Marina

 

RUS

MARCUS

   

69,000 73,800 71,400 6

69,500 73,600 71,550 4

69,750 76,600 73,175 4

71,750 74,000 72,875 4

70,500 75,000 72,750 6

72,350

7

 

MERKULOVA Inessa

 

RUS

BORZ

   

68,750 74,000 71,375 7

67,750 74,000 70,875 7

65,250 71,400 68,325 9

66,500 72,600 69,550 7

65,750 73,000 69,375 10

69,900

8

 

YARASHEVICH, Veronika

 

BLR

DON BELISSIMO

   

66,500 72,400 69,450 8

66,500 71,600 69,050 8

68,500 73,000 70,750 8

64,250 72,000 68,125 9

66,000 74,000 70,000 8

69,475

9

 

YAFREMAVA, Katsiaryna

 

BLR

BALTIMORE DEE

   

65,750 70,800 68,275 9

67,250 70,600 68,925 9

66,000 69,800 67,900 10

66,750 71,400 69,075 8

67,250 73,000 70,125 7

68,860

10

 

DUDKOVA, Anastasiya

 

BLR

HOFMAN

   

63,250 67,800 65,525 10

65,250 68,000 66,625 10

68,000 73,600 70,800 7

64,750 71,200 67,975 10

67,000 73,000 70,000 8

68,185

11

 

MARKINA, Valeriya

 

BLR

LIBERVIL

   

60,750 65,600 63,175 11

61,000 64,000 62,500 11

64,750 67,600 66,175 11

64,000 69,400 66,700 11

65,250 68,000 66,625 11

65,035

 

CDI-W World Cup Grand Prix

Judges: E: Nataliya Petukhova-BLR H: Elke Ebert-GER C: Irina Maknami-RUS M: Natallia Rubashko-BLR B: Eva-Maria Vint-Warmington-EST

Pl.   Rider   Nation Horse            

TOTAL

E

H

C

M

B

1

 

MERKULOVA Inessa

 

RUS

MISTER X

     

76,522 1

73,696 1

75,870 1

75,217 1

75,543 1

   

75,370

2

 

SAFRONOVA Olga

 

BLR

SANDRO D AMOUR

     

73,370 2

68,152 5

70,978 3

70,435 2

70,326 2

   

70,652

3

 

AFRAMEEVA, Marina

 

RUS

ARUMS

     

70,978 3

70,978 2

69,891 4

68,913 5

69,565 4

   

70,065

4

 

ISACHKINA Regina

 

RUS

SUN OF MAY LIFE

     

66,957 6

69,348 3

71,413 2

67,065 6

69,674 3

   

68,891

5

 

YARASHEVICH, Veronika

 

BLR

DON BELISSIMO

     

68,478 4

68,043 6

68,696 5

69,348 4

68,152 6

   

68,543

6

 

AFRAMEEVA, Marina

 

RUS

MARCUS

     

66,957 6

68,696 4

67,935 6

70,000 3

68,478 5

   

68,413

7

 

YAFREMAVA, Katsiaryna

 

BLR

BALTIMORE DEE

     

66,196 8

65,761 9

66,522 8

67,065 6

67,826 7

   

66,674

8

 

MERKULOVA Inessa

 

RUS

BORZ

     

65,761 9

67,283 7

66,196 9

66,957 8

66,522 8

   

66,543

9

 

ISACHKINA Regina

 

RUS

FYRCA

     

67,174 5

66,304 8

67,717 7

65,217 10

64,130 9

   

66,109

10

 

DUDKOVA, Anastasiya

 

BLR

HOFMAN

     

64,130 10

62,717 10

62,826 10

65,978 9

62,935 10

   

63,717

11

 

MARKINA, Valeriya

 

BLR

LIBERVIL

     

62,283 11

59,674 11

60,326 11

63,152 11

59,348 11

   

60,957

12

 

DUDKOVA, Anastasiya

 

BLR

DOUGLAS

     

55,761 12

52,500 12

54,783 12

57,935 12

56,848 12

   

55,565