Britain wins FEI Dressage Nations Cup

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Britain wins FEI Dressage Nations Cup
Britain wins FEI Dressage Nations Cup

Great Britain were the winners of the second leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage 2013 series at Rotterdam, with team member, Charlotte Dujardin and her double-gold medal winning partner, Valegro, producing 82.191%, the biggest score of the competition.

Just over 1.5 percentage points gave the British team (Fideramber/ Daniel Watson, Fine Time 13/Carl Hester, DV Stenkers Nadonna/Gareth Hughes, Valegro/Charlotte Dujardin) the edge over the host nation, with Sweden in third place, in spite of fielding only three riders.

Charlotte Dujardin summed up the concept of the FEI Nations Cup™ Dressage series as "fabulous!"

"We had two new riders on our team, so to pull off the win with them, and to give them their first experience at this level is a great opportunity for everyone," she said.

"I’m really happy.  Obviously there were a few blips, but Valegro has not been out since December" she explained.  "His last competition was at Olympia, so to come here and perform the way he did, and with such confidence, was brilliant.  I had a really good ride, but I know there are a few things I need to sharpen up."

Charlotte’s next big target is The European Championships at Herning, Denmark in August. "We made a plan to get going here in Rotterdam, and after this I’m not quite sure yet what we’ll do.  We may go to Hickstead, but it’s all up to Carl [Hester] to decide!"

Full result:

1. Great Britain 74.624: Fideramber (Daniel Watson) 67.830, Fine Time 13 (Carl Hester) 71.532, DV Stenkers Nadonna (Gareth Hughes) 70.149, Valegro (Charlotte Dujardin) 82.191.

2. Netherlands 73.035: Blom's Wynton (Madeleine Witte-Vrees) 68.404, Glock's Tango (Hans Peter Minderhoud) 69.681, Uzzo (Patrick van der Meer) 69.766, Glock's Undercover (Edward Gal) 79.660.

3. Sweden 69.291: Weihenstephaner (Mads Handeliowitz) 63.447, Lennox (Cecilia Andren Dorselius) 68.660, Don Auriello (Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven) 75.766.

4. Denmark 68.638: My Lady (Mikala Munter Gundersen) 67.426, Loxana (Maria Anita Andersen) 68.170, Jonstrupgardens Raneur (Lisbeth Seierskilde) 68.362, Mariett (Lars Petersen) 69.234.

5. Germany 68.113: Nymphenburgs (Johanna Von Fircks) 68.043, Der Hit (Benjamin Werndl) 67.383, Darjeeling 5 (Stephan Koberle) 68.915.

6. France 67.986: Talitie (Pierre Subileau) 65.277, Florentino (Karen Tebar) 67.128, Noble Dream Concept (Marc Boblet) 67.213, Riwera de Hus (Jessica Michel) 68.574.

7. Belgium 66.730: Wipsy V Heihof (Delphine Meiresonne) 66.128, Pari Lani (Wim Verwimp) 66.277, Wodan (Francoise Joux-Hologne) 66.149, Vradin (Simon Misslaen) 67.766.

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