Dinja van Liere, Holland’s New Star, Wins Aachen CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix on Hermes, Germany Atop Early Team Standings

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Dutch star Dinja van Liere on Hermes winner of the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix. A bureaucratic snafu denied the pair a chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics but competed at last week’s European Championships on Haute Courture, her other Big Tour mount. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

AACHEN, Germany, Sept. 17, 2021–Dinja van Liere, a newcomer to top sport, rode Hermes to a personal best score to claim victory in the World Equestrian Festival CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix Friday while Germany that included two riders from the Olympic gold medal team held the lead after the first of three phases of the competition.

Dinja, who trains with Dutch world championship competitor Rieky Young, and the nine-year-old KWPN stallion were awarded 78.022% for the win that comes five months since beginning Big Tour.

Charlotte Fry, at age 25 competed for Great Britain in this year’s Olympics and European Championships rode Dark Legend to runner-up on 76.717% to match their previous best result posted a year ago. Charlotte has four international Grand Prix horses, Everdale that she competed at the Olympics and Europeans, Glamourdale and Chippendale in addition to Dark Legend that she rode at the 2019 Europeans after riding at the 2018 European Under-25 championships and the Young Rider Europeans in 2017.

Charlotte Fry on Dark Legend in the Nations Cup at Aachen, Germany. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sweden’s Patrik Kittel on Fiontini that he began competing just a month ago when owner Andreas Helgstrand was too focused on his business placed third on 76.261%, also a personal best in their three Grand Prix starts.

Although the top three places did not include a German, the country was atop the standings with 15 points based on the placings of individual combinations, with Great Britain ranked second on 29, the Netherlands third on 31, Canada and Spain tied for fourth and Sweden and the USA tied for sixth. The Grand Prix Special is scheduled for Saturday and the Freestyle Sunday that will decide the Nations Cup and the trans-Atlantic series that was curtailed to four competitions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Patrik Kittel and Fiontini. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDIO5* Nations Cup Grand Prix
Judges: E-Katrina Wuest H-Magnus Ringmark C-Francis Verbeek-van Rooy M-Andrew Ralph Gardner B-Susan Hoevenaars

Place Rider

Total
Horse

1
Dinja van Liere
NED
78.022
2
Charlotte Fry
GBR
76.717
3
Patrik Kittel
SWE
76.261
4
Isabell Werth
GER
76.130
5
Frederic Wandres
GER
75.848
6
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl
GER
74.348
7
Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu
CAN
73.891
8
Carina Scholz
GER
73.217
9
Lara Butler
GBR
72.696
10
Yvonne Losos de Muñiz
DOM
72.565
11
Charlotte Jorst
USA
71.913
12
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx
ESP
71.717
13
Jennifer Williams
USA
71.674
14
Denise Nekeman
NED
71.630
15
Juan Matute Guimon
ESP
71.543
16
Thamar Zweistra
NED
71.500
17
Kazuki Sado
JPN
70.870
18
Susan Pape
GBR
70.696
19
Fiona Bigwood
GBR
70.478
20
Simone Pearce
AUS
70.391
21
Chris von Martels
CAN
70.348
22
Vincent van Gasselt
NED
70.283
23
Naima Moreira Laliberte
CAN
70.174
24
Borja Carrascosa
ESP
69.587
25
Malin Wahlkamp-Nilsson
SWE
69.522
26
Jacob Noerby Soerensen
SWE
69.457
27
Ryan Torkkeli
CAN
69.391
28
Agusti Elias Lara
ESP
69.261
29
Shingo Hayashi
JPN
68.913
30
Benjamin Ebeling
USA
68.326
31
Antonia Ramel
SWE
68.174
32
Anna Buffini
USA
67.152
33
Akane Kuroki
JPN
WD