JUST two weeks after scoring 69.130% at Jardy CDI3* in France, Comber-based Irish rider Carolyn Mellor and her 11-year-old KWPN gelding ‘VSH Gouverneur M’ scored an international personal best of 70.185% for third place in the Grand Prix Kür (Freestyle to Music) class at the three-star international in Grote-Brogel, Belgium on Saturday, July 2.
Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén’s score of 76.960% with ‘Esperance’ secured a big tour double for the Swedish rider, with Dutch competitor Floor Van Kempen and Geronimo scoring 72.375% for second place.
Ireland’s Judy Reynolds and the 11-year-old ‘Fuerstenball’ gelding ‘For Fun 51’ scored 65.478% for ninth place in the three-star Grand Prix in Grote-Brogel last Friday, July 1. Carolyn Mellor and ‘VSH Gouverneur M’ completed the Grand Prix on a 64.674% total for 12th place, with Sorrell Klatzko and the nine-year-old ‘Totilas’ gelding ‘Turbo’ in 16th place on 63.805%.
Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfvén and ‘Esperance’ scored 71.848% for the win. The podium was completed by Portugal’s Hugo Pereira and ‘Falsario LS’ in second on a score of 70.674%, with Dutch rider Floor Van Kempen and ‘Geronimo’ scoring 69.674% for third.
Friday was the last opportunity for Irish riders to secure an FEI qualification for Dressage World Championships in Herning, Denmark next month. To qualify, under FEI rules, a rider and horse combination must achieve a result of at least 66% attributed by the ground jury and by any two different FEI 5* Dressage Judges, of a nationality other than that of the rider, in a Grand Prix and/or Short Grand Prix, at two different CDI3*/CDI4*/CDI5*/CDI-W or CDIO events, from January 1, 2021 until the date of nominated entries [July 4, 2022].
Seven Irish horse and rider combinations, currently competing on the international circuit, have achieved the FEI qualification standard for Herning: Heike Holstein (‘Sambuca’), Anna Merveldt (‘Esp-orim’), Abigail Lyle (‘Giraldo’), Abigail Lyle (‘Farrell’), Dane Rawlins (‘Espoire’), Alex Baker (‘Dutchman’) and Sorrell Klatzko (‘Turbo’). The ‘Athlete Selection Policy for the Senior Dressage World Championships 2022’, published by Horse Sport Ireland on May 30, 2022, refers to ‘consistency of scores over 68% and that the dressage high performance director reserves the right to consider scores below 68% should same be merited’. The Horse Sport Ireland dressage high performance director Johann Hinnemann is expected to announce the Team Ireland Dressage World Championships squad the week after next.
Meanwhile, Ireland’s Sophia Doheny secured a qualifying score for the FEI Dressage European Championships for Pony Riders when placing 12th with ‘Newoak Gold Rush’, on a score of 64.730%, in the Grote-Brogel CDIP FEI Individual Test class.
Ireland’s Sorrell Klatzko and ‘Turbo’ scored 67.340% for fourth place in the three-star Grand Prix Special in Grote-Brogel on Sunday, July 3.
Irish Olympian Judy Reynolds and ‘For Fun 51’ placed fifth on a 65.894% total. Hugo Pereira and ‘Falsario LS’ won the class for Portugal on a score of 71.617%, with Finland’s Mikaela Sorate and ‘Hot Casanova’ scoring 69.809% for second place. Spanish rider Judith Sandra Mäne and ‘Don Primus’ completed the podium for third on 68.830%.
Grand Prix Kür (Freestyle to Music) [2/7/2022]
Grand Prix Grote-Brogel [1/7/2022]
Grand Prix Special Grote-Brogel [3/7/2022]
FEI Individual Test Grote-Brogel [1/7/2022]
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