Patrik Kittel & Touchdown Take Herning CDI3 Grand Prix Special, Undefeated in 4 Big Tour Starts

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Patrik Kittel and Touchdown at Herning, Denmark. © 2021 Pelle Wedenmark/dressage-news.com

HERNING, Denmark, Oct. 23, 2021–Patrik Kittel rode Touchdown to victory in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special Saturday for the fourth victory in four starts since beginning Big Tour a month ago.

Patrik and the nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood stallion was awarded 78.383% by the five-member ground jury, including a mark of 80.532% from British judge Peter Storr.

The Grand Prix results here surpassed the debut Grand Prix score in Germany exactly a month ago. The duo performed the Freestyle in the opening event.

Patrik, based in Germany, is a three-time Olympian for Sweden and currently the highest ranked rider for his nation. He was selected for Sweden’s team for the Olympics Games but pulled out when Well Done de la Roche CMF, that he rode at the Tryon World Equestrian Games in 2016 and won individual bronze at the 2019 European Championships, sustained a minor injury at Tokyo just days before the Games. Just this week, he withdrew Fioninti from this World Cup when the horse was sold to Anna Buffini of the United States.

The top three places were the same as in the Grand Prix.

Jeanna Hogberg, a fellow Swede, and the nine-year-old Astoria scored 71.468% in the Special.

Australia’s Lyndal Oatley, married to Patrik, and Eros was third on 71.277%

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Peter Storr Lone Dichmann Elke Ebert Kurt Christensen Pia Fälth
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 78.383 SWE Patrik Kittel Touchdown 80.532 78.511 78.085 77.766 77.021 77.315 (1)
2. 71.468 SWE Jeanna Hogberg Astoria 72.447 72.979 70.532 69.787 71.596 71.879 (3)
3. 71.277 AUS Lyndal Oatley Eros 71.489 69.149 73.617 71.277 70.851 71.443 (4)
4. 69.553 DEN Anna Kasprzak Addict De Massa 71.596 69.255 69.149 70.213 67.553 71.943 (2)
5. 68.702 DEN Marianne Yde Helgstrand Super Mario 70.426 67.234 70.426 67.872 67.553 70.017 (5)
6. 67.468 DEN Josefine Hoffmann Hønnerups Driver 68.617 68.617 69.043 65.532 65.532 68.872 (6)
7. 66.894 DEN Helene Melsen Aston Martin 66.489 65.745 67.34 67.766 67.128 67.935 (7)
8. 66.681 GBR Anna Louise Ross Newton Domino 67.34 66.809 66.17 65.745 67.34 65.606 (12)
9. 66.532 SWE Ebba von Essen Dora 67.447 66.702 65.745 67.553 65.213 66.685 (11)
10. 65.638 NOR Anniken Hals Centano 63.936 68.404 65.532 66.596 63.723 66.898 (9)
11. 65.404 DEN Lone Madsen Heslegaard’s Rosmarin 66.489 67.021 64.787 64.149 64.574 67.070 (8)
12. 63.277 SWE Jennifer Svensson Sibelius 1315 62.787 63.532 62.468 64.596 63 66.750 (10)
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