The Dutch Dressage Team Wins Nations Cup on Home Turf

Edward Gal on Glock’s Zonik N.O.P. Photo by FEI / Leanjo at Digishots

Geesteren, Netherlands – June 24, 2019 – The fourth leg of the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ took place on Sunday, June 23. Bright blue skies, plenty of sunshine, and a light breeze in the bucolic horse village of Geesteren in the Twente region of Overijssel set the stage as the home team, Team Netherlands, captured the win with a total of 17 points after battling Sweden for the top podium spot in a weekend of superb Dressage action.

After the first day of competition with the Grand Prix test, the Netherlands were in the lead, thanks to Edward Gal’s individual number-one performance aboard Glock’s Zonik N.O.P. for a total score of 78.304 percent. Backing up Gal was teammate Emmelie Scholtens and her mount Desperado in fourth place, with Dutch riders Anne Meulendijks and Hans Peter Minderhoud taking sixth and seventh place respectively.

Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P.

Sweden took over the leaderboard from the Netherlands in the Grand Prix Special where the Swedish Ramel sisters, Juliette and Antonia, dominated, taking first and third on scores of 79.915 and 74.660 percent. Scholtens and Minderhoud captured the second and fourth places for Team Netherlands, falling short of Sweden’s first place position and giving them the lead heading into Sunday’s Grand Prix Freestyle.

Team Netherlands at the prize giving for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ of The Netherlands in Geesteren. From left to right on the top tier of the podium is Emmelie Scholtens, Hans Peter Minderhoud, Edward Gal, Anne Meulendijks. Photo by FEI/Leanjo of Digishots.

Not to be trounced on home turf, the Dutch team came on strong for the final Freestyle event, ultimately edging out second-place Sweden by just 2 points. Once again topping the leaderboard, Gal turned in a stellar performance that showcased gorgeous extended gaits on Glock’s Zonik for collected marks of 82.250 percent, demonstrating why he is always a crowd favorite. The Netherlands also received the bronze medal in the Freestyle when crowd pleaser Anne Meulendijks showed off MDH Avanti N.O.P.’s with clean pirouettes and supple half passes, finishing on a score of 79.825 percent to help boost her team to the win.

Anne Meulendijks and MDH Avanti N.O.P.

Swedish rider Therese Nilshagen finished second in the Grand Prix Freestyle on 81.495 percent, in a program that highlighted the powerful impulsion of Dante Weltino OLD, whom Nilshagen calls “the horse of my life.” Nilshagen’s silver medal solidified Sweden’s second place finish in the final result.

Great Britain secured the third place at Geesteren, finishing on 48 points after riders Lousie Anne Bell and Sara Gallop took 6th and 8th place in the Freestyle.

Shelly Francis and Danilo. Photo by DigiShots

The USA finished fourth overall at Geesteren with a total of 61 points. American rider Shelly Francis, who was in first place at the interim break and who led the American team to victory at the season opener in Wellington, rode to a score of 75.710 percent and fourth in the CDIO Freestyle aboard Patricia Stempel’s 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Danilo. Fellow teammate Ashley Holzer and Havanna 145, Diane Fellows’ 12-year-old Hanoverian mare, also rode in the Freestyle. As the first U.S. combination to enter the arena, they earned a 70.625 percent. Other members of the American team were Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Nintendo, who were selected to ride in the Grand Prix Special where they earned a 71.468 percent, and Nick Wagman who rode Don John to a 70.830 percent in the Grand Prix Special.

Midway through the season’s events, participating countries are hoping to qualify for the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ Finals at Hickstead in Great Britain, which will be held during the last week of July. Who will punch a ticket to the FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ Finals at Hickstead? The final legs at Järvenpää (Finland), Falsterbo (Sweden), and Aachen (Germany) will tell the story.

Winning Round | FEI Dressage Nations Cup – Geesteren 2019

Hooray for the home team! 🎉Pirouetting to perfection, Team Netherlands powered to victory in an exceptional class of the FEI Dressage Nations Cup in Geesteren. With Team Sweden coming in at second just 2 points behind, the tension soared as our Nations turned out their very best moves but the home team were not to be outshone! ☀️

Posted by FEI Dressage on Sunday, June 23, 2019

Final Standings: CDIO3* – FEI Dressage Nations Cup™ of The Netherlands

1. TEAM NETHERLANDS
Rider / Horse / Grand Prix / Grand Prix Special / Grand Prix Freestyle 
Edward Gal / Glock’s Zonik N.O.P. / 78.304 / – / 82.250
Anne Meulendijks / MDH Avanti N.O.P. / 74.326 / – / 79.875
Emmelie Scholtens / Desperado / 75.913 / 76.170 / –
Hans Peter Minderhoud / Glock’s Dream Boy N.O.P. / 73.522 / 73.170 / –

2. TEAM SWEDEN
Rider / Horse / Grand Prix / Grand Prix Special / Grand Prix Freestyle 
Therese Nilshagen / Dante Weltino OLD / 77.739 / – / 81.495
Malin Wahlkapm-Nilsson / Eddieni / 71.739 / – / 68.455
Juliette Ramel / Buriel K.H. / 78.00 / 79.915 / –
Antonia Ramel / Brother de Jeu / 73.239 / 74.660 / –

3. TEAM GREAT BRITAIN
Rider / Horse / Grand Prix / Grand Prix Special / Grand Prix Freestyle 
Louise Anne Bell / Into the Blue / 67.674 / – / 73.620
Sara Gallop / Bandero / 68.609 / – / 70.740
Charlotte Fry / Dark Legend / 74.413 / 72.489 / –
Laura Butler / Rubin Al Asad / 72.413 / 71.404 / –

4. TEAM UNITED STATES
Rider / Horse / Grand Prix / Grand Prix Special / Grand Prix Freestyle 
Shelly Francis / Danilo / 68.043 / – / 75.710
Ashley Holzer / Havanna / 67.326 / – / 70.625
Charlotte Jorst / Kastel’s Nintendo / 71.717 / 71.426 / –
Nick Wagman / Don John / 70.478 / 70.851 / –

5. TEAM FRANCE
Rider / Horse / Grand Prix / Grand Prix Special / Grand Prix Freestyle
Charlotte Chalvignac / Lights of Londonderry / 69.804 / – / 75.070
Nicole Favereau / Ginsengue / 68.065 / – / 70.950
Stephanie Brieussel / Amorak / 70.891 / 69.170
Jean Philippe Siat / Lovesong / 64.043 / 62.596 / –

6. TEAM BELGIUM
Rider / Horse / Grand Prix / Grand Prix Special / Grand Prix Freestyle
Domien Michiels / Intermezzo van het Meerdaalhof / 66.239 / – / 69.300
Fanny Verliefden / Indoctro v/d Steenblok / 69.587 / 68.872 / –
Rob Van Puijenbroek / Broere Argentino / 68.087 / 68.149 / –
Jorinde Verwimp / Cape Town / EL / – / –

 

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