Compiègne, France – May 21, 2016 – The United States team set a high bar on the first day of the CDIO 5* Nations Cup competition at Compiègne, taking the overnight lead with top efforts across the board. Sweden sits second, while France is in third.
Kasey Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet posted a huge personal best score of 77.44 percent in their first Grand Prix test outside of Florida, showing their steadily improving marks over the course of the Wellington winter season were no fluke.
Laura Graves and Verdades were not too far behind their teammates. They finished second in the Grand Prix with a score of 75.44 percent. Allison Brock also laid down a strong performance on Rosevelt, taking sixth place with a 73.92 percent. Shelly Francis completed the U.S. contingent with Doktor, scoring a 71.12 percent for ninth place.
The four combinations in the Compiègne Nations Cup are among a group of seven riders and nine horses competing in Europe alongside six other U.S. riders and eight other horses as part of the selection process for the U.S. Olympic team. Among their teammates abroad is Tuny Page, who guided her longtime partner Woodstock to a third place finish behind Carl Hester (Nip Tuck) and Adelinde Cornelissen (Aquiedo) in Friday’s Compiègne CDI3* Grand Prix Special.
Francis joined Page in the CDI3* with Danilo, the second of the two Olympic prospects she rides for owner Patricia Stempel. Danilo scored below his usual potential, finishing 21st in the Grand Prix with 66.22 percent and 14th in the Special with 65.529 percent.
Hester, of Great Britain, and his 2014 World Equestrian Games partner Nip Tuck took top honors in the CDI3* Grand Prix (74.16 percent) and Special (75.686 percent). Hester also rode Wanadoo to third in the Grand Prix with 72.02 percent. Patrik Kittel earned a second place finish in the Grand Prix aboard Delaunay, scoring a 72.78 percent, while Cornelissen and Aqiedo were second in the Special with a 71.941 percent. The CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle is set for Saturday evening.
Results: Compiègne CDIO5*/CDI3*
Team Standings after CDIO5* Grand Prix
1. United States 226.800
2. Sweden 215.040
3. France 213.660
4. Germany 208.500
5. Belgium 208.120
6. Great Britain 207.250
7. Netherlands 206.980
8. Switzerland 206.300
CDI3* Grand Prix
1. Nip Tuck/Carl Hester/74.160
2. Delaunay/Patrik Kittel/72.780
3. Wanadoo/Carl Hester/72.020
4. Aqiedo/Adelinde Cornelissen/71.880
5. Selten Hw/Anders Dahl/71.500
6. Ricardo/Karen Tebar/69.640
7. Zidhane/Anne Van Olst/69.480
8. Headmore Delegate/Alice Ruth Oppenheimer/69.180
9. Flavio/Henriette Andersen/68.800
10. Woodstock/Arlène Page/68.380
11. Axel/Alexandre Ayache/68.320
12. Michigan/Ulrik Moelgaard/68.300
13. Wonder/Borja Carrascosa/68.260
14. Ginsengue/Nicole Favereau/68.220
15. Fontalero/Veronique Henschen/68.020
21. Danilo/Shelly Francis/66.220
CDI3* Grand Prix Special
1. Nip Tuck/Carl Hester/75.686
2. Aqiedo/Adelinde Cornelissen/71.941
3. Woodstock/Arlène Page/71.745
4. Zidhane/Anne Van Olst/70.176
5. Wonder/Borja Carrascosa/69.294
6. Selten Hw/Anders Dahl/69.235
7. Flavio/Henriette Andersen/69.098
8. Karamel De Lauture/Claire Gosselin/68.451
9. Ricardo/Karen Tebar/68.216
10. Michigan/Ulrik Moelgaard/67.765
11. Headmore Delegate/Alice Ruth Oppenheimer/66.294
12. Sai Baba Plus/Boaventura Freire/66.078
13. Vendaval 4/Luíza Tavares De Almeida/66.020
14. Danilo/Shelly Francis/65.529
15.Xaparro Do Vouga/Pedro Manuel Tavares De Almeida/64.294