Susan Pape and Harmony's Don Noblesse win in Hamburg
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Great Britain’s Susan Pape and Harmony’s Don Noblesse were on winning form last week at Hamburg CDI4* in Germany (29 May – 2 June).
Following their success at Hagen CDI4* in April, Susan and Don Noblesse’s Hamburg campaign began in superb style with second place in Thursday’s CDI4* Grand Prix. Frederic Wandres with his 2018 Olympia CDI-W winning partner Duke of Britain claimed the class for Germany, the British pairing scored 71.739% for second.
On to Saturday, Susan and Don Noblesse (Dancier x Don Davidoff) - a 12-year-old black stallion owned by Colorado-based Harmony Sporthorses - delivered a well-executed, expressive, winning routine on their CDI Freestyle debut riding to a captivating Coldplay compilation produced by Ralf Roder.
The unanimous winners in the eyes of the judging panel of E: Hans-Christian Matthieson (GER), H: Raphael Saleh (FRA), C: Isobel Wessels (GBR), M: Ulrike Nivelle (GER) and B: Elke Ebert (GER), the pair was awarded 75.850%, a clear five percent in front of their closest rivals, Sweden’s Charlotte Haid Bondergaard with Roberto Des Frettes (70.550%). Frederic Wandres and Duke of Britain won the Grand Prix Special.
“So mega proud of Harmony's Don Noblesse in Hamburg,” said Susan on Facebook. “We were able to win the freestyle! My big thanks to Leslie and John Malone [of Harmony Sporthorses] who make this possible to me!”
CDI4* Grand Prix
1st Frederic Wandres with Duke of Britain, 73.761% (GER)
2nd Susan Pape with Harmony’s Don Noblesse, 71.739% (GBR)
15th Susan Pape with Grafit, 66.630% (GBR)
CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle
1st Susan Pape with Harmony’s Don Noblesse, 75.850% (GBR)