BD Abroad: ‘s-Hertogenbosch CDI-W/CDI3*/CDIU25
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The Dutch Masters show returned to Den Bosch last week with a thrilling collection of classes playing out in one of Holland’s finest equestrian settings (14 – 17 March 2019).
A tense final leg of the FEI World Cup Western European league qualifiers saw Europe’s best fighting for last minute points in the hope of grabbing a spot at April’s FEI World Cup Final, hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 3 – 7 April.
Britain’s Richard Davison and Gwen Meyer’s Bubblingh (Lingh x Picandt) have enjoyed a strong winter season, accumulating 33 points in the Western European League. In ‘s-Hertogenbosch their consistency showed with a superb 71.58% in the CDI-W Grand Prix test, allowing a comfortable qualification to the freestyle where they performed a strong routine for 75.20%. The standard in ‘s-Hertogenbosch was evident in Saturday’s freestyle with seven combinations topping the 80% barrier impressing the panel of Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA), Monique Peutz (NED), Mariette Sanders (NED), Stephen Clarke (GBR) and Henning Lehrmann (GER).
The Dutch Masters show also provides a first-rate opportunity for the Under 25 Grand Prix riders to show on one of Europe’s biggest stages. Dutch-based British star Charlotte Fry continued her strong start to 2019 with two top placings on board the Van Olst’s stallion Everdale. In Friday’s short Grand Prix the duo took third with 69.27% and went on to produce a phenomenal Grand Prix Freestyle test resulting in 76.07% and first place.
CDI-W Grand Prix
1st Isabell Werth with Emilio, 77.19% (GER)
13th Richard Davison with Bubblingh, 71.58% (GBR)
CDI-W Grand Prix Freestyle
1st Daniel Bachmann Andersen with Blue Hors Zack, 84.89% (DEN)
12th Richard Davison with Bubblingh, 75.20% (GBR)
CDIU25 Short Grand Prix
1st Thalia Rockx with Verdi de la Fazenda, 70.85% (NED)
3rd Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 69.27% (GBR)
CDIU25 Grand Prix Freestyle
1st Charlotte Fry with Everdale, 76.07% (GBR)