Equestre Internationale News
Sweeps to top of the League
superb performance from Anky Van Grunsven and Gestion Salinero
secured the Dutch diva victory in the final qualifier of the FEI
Western European League in front of an ecstatic home crowd at
With wins at Mechelen and Amsterdam under her belt plus a second
on her initial outing at Maastricht, the five-time World Cup winner
goes into the Final next week as Queen of the League.
" Gestion Salinero was great, the best he has been so far"
said van Grunsven. " The atmosphere here was brilliant, very
special as always, and we are having a big party tonight for sure!"
The especial reason for a party was the Gestion team's clean sweep
of the top three places. Van Grunsven's pupil Edward Gal ride
Gestion Lingh to second place on 78.45 per cent, securing his
ticket to Duesseldorf next week, and third marked the return to
top form of Gestion Goliath for a delighted and emotional Arjen
Teeuwissen for third on 76.42.
In fourth place, Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff did a great job with her
beautiful mare Wahajama-Unicef to finish the League in seventh
place. However, there are three German riders ahead of her - Heike
Kemmer, Hubertus Schmidt and Isabell Werth, who finished sixth
here on Apache to cement her fourth place in the standings four
points above Linsenhoff.Due to the high quality seen throughout
this Western European League season, it had already been decided
that three further Final places
would be awarded instead of the normal eight. Sweden's Louise
Nathhorst and Danish dental student Nicole Ahlefeldt Laurvig-Lehn
secured their places here as expected.
However, unforeseen circumstances arose this week with the withdrawal
of the title-holders Debbie McDonald and Brentina, and while Finland's
Kyra Kyrklund had qualified under the new arrangements, the former
titleholder has retired from the fray.
Therefore the FEI World Cup Director Joep Bartels has announced
the increase to twelve of qualified Western League riders with
the availability of two further wild cards, one for a thrilled
Linsenhoff and, for balance, one for Dutch rider Marlies van Baalen
standing in thirteenth after her ninth place here on Blom's Idocus.
Vilhelmsson, 14th on points, completes the quota.A capacity crowd
of 8,000 watched the last FEI World Cup qualifier of the season.
Just before the prize-giving World Cup Director Joep Bartels was
honoured for his exceptional contribution to the World Cup, as
he is retiring as Director at the end of this season.
The competition was fierce, but in a wonderful finale to a fantastic
season, all the prize-winners made an impromptu 'show', taking
the applause in passage in one impressive cadre down the arena.But
the show is not over yet. Duesseldorf here we come.
World Cup Qualifier
Freestyle to Music presented by Nashuatec
Gestion Salinero (Anky van Grunsven NED) 81.40
2, Gestion Lingh (Edward Gal NED) 78.45
3, Gestion Goliath (Arjen Teewissen NED) 74.42
4, Wahajama-UNICEF (Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff GER) 74.36
5, Barclay II (Sven Rothenberger NED) 74.07
6, Apache (Isabell Werth GER) 73.95
7, Andiamo Tyme (Kyra Kyrklund FIN) 73.32
8, Paganini (Jeroen Devroe BEL) 71. 97
9, Blom's Idocus (Marlies van Baalen NED) 71.85
10, Zancor (Per Sangaard DEN) 71.60
11, Guinness (Louise Nathhorst SWE) 70.12
12, Esprit (Nicole Ahlefeldt Laurvig-Lehn DEN) 69.07
FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League Standings (after
7 of 7
Anky van Grunsven NED 77
2, Heike Kemmer GER 72
3, Hubertus Schmidt GER 64
4, Isabell Werth GER 58
5, Emma Hindle GBR 57
6, Edward Gal NED 56
7, Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff GER 54
8, Sven Rothenberger NED 48
9, Louise Nathhorst SWE 37
10= Kyra Kyrklund FIN and Nicole Ahlefeldt Laurvig-Lehn DEN 35
12, Gina Capellmann-Luetkemeier GER)
13, Marlies Van Baalen NED
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