USA’s Katie Durrhammer Rides Quartett to Victory in Rotterdam National Competition to Kick Off First of Back-to-Back Premier Events to Wrap Up Qualifying for World Championships

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Katie Durrhammer on Quartett in the winner’s regalia at Rotterdam, Netherlands. Photo: Courtesy Adrienne Lyle.

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, June 22, 2022–USA’s Katie Duerrhammer rode Quartett to victory in a national Grand Prix Wednesday in only the second ever European show for the partnership to kick off intense competition at back-to-back Nations Cups in Rotterdam and Aachen, Germany over the next two weeks wrap up qualifying for several countries for the world championships in early August.

Katie and the 14-year-old German Sport Horse gelding was awarded 72.087% by a panel of five 5* judges, the highest international Grand Prix score though it was not a CDI. Katie, 33, of Greenwood Village, Colorado and coached by Adrienne Lyle, will ride Quartett on the U.S. team at the CDIO5* in Aachen next week. She will saddle up Paxton for the U.S. Nations Cup team beginning with the Grand Prix Thursday

Anne Meulendijks of the Netherlands on Issey, a nine-year-old KWPN gelding was second on 71.848%. Anne and Issey are coached by Anky van Grunsven and Anky owns the horse.

Fellow Dutch rider Judith Ribbels on Fun Fun EB, a 12-year-old KWPN was third on 71.131%.

Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States have scheduled teams at both Rotterdam beginning with the Grand Prix Thursday as well as Aachen next week.

Ashley Holzer warming up Valentine ahead of the Nations Cup in Rotterdam. © 2022 Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

The U.S. Nations Cup team here, in addition to Katier Duerrhammer on Paxton, comprises Ashley Holzer of Wellington, Florida and and Valentine, Alice Tarjan, of Oldwick, New Jersey and Ben Eberling of Wellington and Illuster van de Kampert.

As their home Nations Cup, the Netherlands has a strong team including Dinja van Liere with Hermes, successful at last year’s European Championships and Aachen’s World Equestrian Festival after being denied an Olympic start because of a bureaucratic snafu. The team is without Edward Gal who is taking a break from the sport and Hans Peter Minderhoud, the first Rotterdam he will miss since 2007 as Glock’s Dream Boy is still recovering from an injury.

Great Britain’s Carl Hester, team gold, silver and bronze from six Olympic and two team silvers and a bronze from four world championships, is also without a horse this time while Charlotte Dujardin, winner of three Olympic golds and team silver, two World Games individual golds and a bronze as well as team silver on Valegro, and team and individual bronzes on Mount St. John Freestyle at Tryon, as well team and individual bronzes on Gio at Tokyo, is not competing at either of the two Continental Nations Cups. However, Charlotte Fry will compete Dark Legend in Rotterdam and Everdale and Inclusive in Aachen.

Results:

National Grand Prix

Judges: Peter Storr Elke Ebert Susanne Baarup Mariette Sanders-Van Gansewinkel Raphaël Saleh
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 72.087 USA Katie Duerrhammer Quartett 72.826 70.109 72.283 73.478 71.739 71.114 (1)
2. 71.848 NED Anne Meulendijks Issey 74.022 71.957 73.261 72.935 67.065 70.507 (3)
3. 71.131 NED Judith Ribbels Fun Fun EB 71.957 69.674 72.935 70.978 70.109 70.797 (2)
4. 70.783 GBR Charlotte Fry Don Joe 71.087 71.087 70.870 69.565 71.304 68.560 (9)
5. 69.869 NED Kirsten Brouwer Foundation 73.478 68.043 70.109 69.239 68.478 69.103 (8)
6. 69.826 NED Devenda Dijkstra Hero 69.348 72.065 69.348 70.000 68.370 69.674 (4)
7. 68.913 NED Jeanine Nieuwenhuis Great Lady TC 70.217 67.935 69.130 68.587 68.696 69.185 (7)
8. 68.739 NED Mirelle Kemenade-Witlox Siebenstein 70.870 69.348 67.717 68.478 67.283 69.457 (6)
8. 68.739 BEL Thibault Vandenberghe Santiago Song 67.826 70.109 69.022 68.478 68.261 67.445 (10)
10. 68.174 NED Kirsten Beckers Easy Quo 68.804 68.152 67.609 68.913 67.391 66.826 (12)
11. 67.391 NED Linda Verwaal Be Smart 68.913 66.957 68.587 67.283 65.217 67.065 (11)
12. 66.522 NED Laurens van Lieren Grandeur A 67.717 64.674 66.957 65.652 67.609 65.407 (13)
13. 66.152 FRA Camille Cheret Judet Scoop du Bois Luric 62.826 66.304 67.609 66.848 67.174 69.534 (5)
14. 65.478 BEL Alexa Fairchild Dabanos d’O4 66.957 64.130 65.326 66.630 64.348 65.362 (14)
15. 60.196 NED Kirsten Teeuwen Camorkus 59.674 62.283 59.783 62.500 56.739 63.551 (15)