Nanna Skodborg Merrald Rides Blue Hors Don Olymbrio to Win Randbøl CDI3* Grand Prix Special On Rider’s Career High Special Result

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Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors Don Olymbrio

RANDBØL, Denmark, Nov. 14, 2021–Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors Don Olymbrio won the Blue Hors Dressurfestival CDI3* Grand Prix Special Sunday to complete a double victory in the Big Tour debut for the Danish partnership.

Nanna and the 13-year-old KWPN stallion scored 75.957% for the win, a career high Special result for the rider. The pair won the Grand Prix Friday.

Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath on Destacado FRH placed second on a personal best 74.043% in only the second Big Tour event for the eight-year-old Hanoverian stallion. Denmark’s Charlotte Heering on Bufranco was third on 71.979%.

Nanna, 28, has competed four other horses in CDI Specials in the past 2 1/2 years, the previous best being 74.909% on Orthilia at the European Championships in September. Her other CDI Grand Prix Special outings have included Blue Hors Zack, Quater Boy and Wasabi OLD.

Nanna took over the ride on Don Olymbrio after Agnete Kirk Thinggaard competed the horse in Wellington, Florida in 2020 but then became pregnant. Prior to then, Daniel Bachmann Andersen, a Blue Hors stable rider at the time, competed the horse for five years.

Nanna, who has become the leading rider for the Danish stud, competed Blue Hors Zack on the Danish team at the Tokyo Games in July, Blue Hors Touch of Olympic L to silver at the World Championships for seven-year-old horses a month later then Orthilia on the Danish bronze medal team at the European Championships in September.

Nanna Skodborg Merrald on Orthilia at the 2021 European Championships. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

CDI3* Grand Prix Special

Judges: E-Malgorzata Pawlowska-POL H-Elke Ebert-GER C-Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel-NED M-Kirsten Soegaard-DEN B-Susanne Baarup-DEN

Place Rider Horse  Sex / Studbook / Color / Born / Sire x Dam sire / Breeder / Owner E H C M B
1 Blue Hors Don OlymbrioStallion / KWPN / Chestnut / 2008 / Jazz x Olympic Ferro / J. Lamers, Oss / Blue Hors 76.170    1 76.383    1 75.745    1 75.319    1 76.170     1 75.957
2 Destacado FrhStallion / HANN / Chestnut / 2013 / Desperados x Londonderry / Heinrich Giesselmann / Gestüt Schafhof, Friederike Lohse 74.149   2 73.191    2 74.043   2 73.404   2 75.426    2 74.043
3 BufrancoGelding / KWPN / Bay / 2006 / Negro x Zevenster / Fr.C. Kroot, Haghorst / Aspegaarden V/Niels Heering 71.170    4 70.851    4 72.340   3 72.234   4 73.298   3 71.979
4 AstoriaMare / SWB / Bay / 2012 / Sir Donnerhall II Old x Quaterback / Hipponews Kb Christina Olsson / Christina Olsson, Hipponews Kb 71.702   3 72.128   3 70.426   4 72.340   3 72.340   4 71.787
5 Addict de MassaStallion / PSH / Black (Noir) / 2010 / San Amour (de) Old x Maestro Jgb / Sylvain Massa 83460 Les Arcs / Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak 69.043   5 69.149   5 67.447   5 70.213    5 68.298    6 68.830
Not placed
6 DoraMare / SWB / Chestnut / 2009 / Don Primero x Amiral 764 / Sonja Paulsson / Dressyr Essen Ab, Wilburt Paulsson 68.085   6 66.596   6 66.277   6 69.043   6 69.681   5 67.936
7 GeronimoStallion / KWPN / Blackbay / 2011 / Bordeaux 28 / Comb. Aaldering Swelheim / Joop Aaldering, Floor Van Kempen 67.766   7 66.489   7 65.638   8 67.553   7 67.766    7 67.042
8 Heslegaard’s RosmarinMare / DWB / Bay / 2009 / Heslegard’S Rubin x Heslegards Louis / Heslegård Stutteri I/S / Stald Danhorse Aps 65.426   9 65.000   9 65.745    7 64.149 10 67.021   8 65.468
9 Favour GersdorfStallion / DWB / Black / 2013 / Foundation x Leandro / Inger Marie Andreasen / Nadja Aaboe Sloth 64.574  10 64.574 10 65.000  9 65.213  8 66.489   9 65.170
10 Elmegaards HeartyStallion / DWB / Bay / 2009 / Heartbeat x Viegaard’s Come Back II / Lene Mandrup Nielsen / Lene Mandrup Nielsen 65.957   8 65.638   8 65.000  9 61.809  11 63.830  10 64.447
11 CentanoGelding / DWB / Dark Bay / 2005 / Crelido x Come Back II / Finn Christense, Viborg / Thorleif Hals 64.043  11 62.340 11 63.830 11 64.787 9 61.915  11 63.383