Falsterbo, Sweden – July 17, 2017 – Team Sweden, comprised of Patrik Kittel, Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven and Rose Mathisen, won the FEI Nations Cup™ presented by the Axel Johnson Group in Falsterbo, Sweden, on July 15-17. The Swedish riders took the top three spots in the Grand Prix, as well as first place finishes in the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Freestyle. The winning team finished out the Nations Cup™ competition with a total accumulated score of 455.472 points.
“Sweden has never scored top three in a five-star dressage competition before,” said Bo Jenå, Chef d’Equipe for the Swedish team. “This tells us that Sweden has some really good riders on a high level.”
With a different Nations Cup™ format that allowed only three horse and rider combinations to compete with no dropped scores, each ride was crucial to the success of the team. The Russian team, made up of Tatyana Kosterina, Stanislav Cherednichenko and Larisa Bushina, took home second place with a total of 406.532 points.
The team from Denmark, with Allan Uglsø Grøn, Karin Nissen and Malene Kohlschmidt Ebbesen, claimed third place overall with a total 398.106 points.
The U.S. team, comprised of Chase Hickok, Mette Rosencrantz and Charlotte Jorst, was eliminated in the overall competition due to Rosencrantz’s mount Marron, a 17-year-old Danish Warmblood, being uneven and a drop score was not allowed in this Nations Cup format. However, Hickok and Sagacious HF, an 18-year-old KWPN gelding, finished second in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 73.525 percent.
“It was amazing!” Hickok said. “We had such nice chemistry among the team and the whole atmosphere was super supportive. I feel so fortunate to have made my Nations Cup debut alongside Mette and Charlotte, and with the guidance of our Chef d’Equipe Laurie Falvo and Hallye Griffin.
“And of course Sagacious was just perfect all weekend!” she continued. “He really rose to the occasion, especially given the tough conditions in the Freestyle. I couldn’t be more proud of him. It was such an amazing honor to represent the United States in international competition, the scores and placings were just the icing on the cake!”
CDIO5* Grand Prix
1. Patrik Kittel/Sweden/Deja/75.1
2. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén/Sweden/Paridon Magi/73.04
3. Rose Mathisen/Sweden/Zuidenwind/72.84
4. Chase Hickok/USA/Sagacious HF/70.9
5. Tatyana Kosterina/Russia/Diavolessa VA/70.18
6. Allan Uglsø Grøn/Denmark/Wasabi Old/68.9
7. Stanislav Cherednichenko/Russia/Vosk/68.18
8. Karin Nissen/Denmark/Eno/66.24
9. Charlotte Jorst/USA/Nintendo/65.94
10. Malene Kohlschmidt Ebbesen/Denmark/Mira/63.82
11. Larisa Bushina/Russia/Ju JU/63.520
Mette Rosencrantz/USA/Marron – Eliminated
CDIO5* Grand Prix Special
1. Tinne Vilhelmson Silfven/SWE/Paridon Magi/72.686
2. Rose Mathisen/SWE/Zuidenwind 1187/72.431
3. Tatyana Kosterina/RUS/Diavolessa VA/70.392
4. Allan Uglsø Grøn/DEN/Wasabi OLD/66.98
5. Karin Nissen/DEN/Eno/64.216
6. Larisa Bushina/RUS/Ju JU/63.51
7. Charlotte Jorst/USA/Kastel’s Ninteno/62.745
CDIO5* Grand Prix Freestyle
1. Patrik Kittel/SWE/Deja/79.375
2. Chase Hickok/USA/Sagacious HF/73.525
3. Stanislav Cherednichenko/RUS/Vosk/70.75
4. Malene Kohlschmidt/DEN/Mira/67.95