BACK-TO-BACK REEM ACRA DOUBLE FOR FERRER-SALAT 

21 Nov 2015

by Louise Parkes

Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado claimed their second successive victory in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015/2016 Western European League at Stuttgart, Germany today. Impressive winners in Lyon, France three weeks ago they were even more harmonious this afternoon when pinning Germany’s Isabell Werth and Don Johnson FRH into runner-up spot.
 
There was a top-class turnout from the host nation, and on an afternoon of quality competition German riders also filled third and fourth places with Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB getting the advantage over Fabienne Lutkemeier and D’Agostino. Only three horse-and-rider combinations broke the 80 percent barrier, but there was very little separating fifth-placed Dutchman, Diederik van Silfhout (Arlando NOP), from Germany’s Dorothee Schneider (UlrichEquine’s St Emilion) in sixth and Italy’s Valentina Truppa (Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno) in seventh spot.
 
Target score
 
Schneider set the first real target score when posting 78.125. The 46-year-old rider who, with the lovely mare Diva Royal, was a member of the silver medal winning German side at the London 2012 Olympic Games has found a fabulous new prospect in the 10-year-old stallion UlrichEquine’s St Emilion. The partnership is clearly very much still in the making, but the black horse’s potential was more than evident as he produced hugely expressive piaffe and passage on his debut at World Cup level. 
 
Italy’s Valentina Truppa, continuing her remarkable return to the top end of the sport after a career-threatening head injury sustained in June, presented a lovely clean test from the 14-year-old Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno. The picture looked a little different, with the 14-year-old gelding showing no tension and relaxing into his work to earn 78.000 which slotted them into second spot temporarily. However, two horses later, The Netherlands’ van Silfhout forged out in front with a mark of 78.700. 
 
The 27-year-old rider, who made a strong contribution to Dutch team gold at this summer’s FEI European Championships in Aachen (GER) produced power and drama from the 10-year-old Arlando NOP, another young horse filled with promise. 
 
Demanding floorplan
 
But it was Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB who posted the first over-80 percent score, helped by a demanding floorplan that included a testing transition from piaffe to canter pirouette. With big artistic scores the pair put 80.150 on the board to go into the lead, only to be immediately demoted by German Dressage queen Isabell Werth with Don Johnson. 
 
Werth produced one of her very best performances with the 13-year-old gelding who can be notoriously naughty but who, today, was on his very best behaviour. “Johnny” was clearly enjoying himself in Stuttgart’s Schleyer Halle, his big ears pricked from the outset and paying maximum attention all the way he shot to pole position with a mark of 82.975, and now it was up to the remaining two to better that.
 
Ferrer-Salat wasn’t to be intimidated however. “I thought I could do a little better than Isabell” she said afterwards, and she was right, her chestnut gelding who has overcome multiple setbacks throughout his career clearly demonstrating once again that persistence pays off.  The lightness, the cooperation, the confidence and the amazing ebb and flow of the silent conversation being played out between horse and rider was once again a joy to witness, and the judges rewarded another fabulous test from this pair with the winning score of 83.300 - last to go, Lutkemeier, proving no threat with her mark of 79.900.  
 
Good feeling
 
Ferrer-Salat was delighted with her own performance today. “I had a very good feeling, my horse was really listening to me. He did super pirouettes, and I was very happy with the half-passes, they were much better than in the Grand Prix” she said. She admitted however that “at one point I was too quick and I got ahead of my music today, but I still had a great feeling and I was so happy with my horse.” Even though she also won yesterday’s Grand Prix, she said Delgado was much happier in the arena this afternoon. “Yesterday he wasn’t so easy, he was edgy, but the great thing about this horse is that he completely trusts me. Even in the prize-giving this evening he was nervous and afraid, but I asked him to trust me and then he was fine - that is how we are together” she explained.  
 
Runner-up Isabell Werth was pleased too. “Today was as good as in Aachen (European Championships) and that was the aim. Johnny did an excellent job” she said. And President of the Ground Jury, Dr Dietrich Plewa, said “we had very good sport today.” Commenting on the top performances of the afternoon he pointed out, “Delgado is so elastic and does such great passage and piaffe and Don Johnson has so much power while Jessica (von Bredow-Werndl) is very much in harmony with her horse.” He added “it was a great competition to judge and the result was so close it could have gone any way, but I think we got the right winner.” 
 
Event Director, Gotthilf Riexinger, had the last laugh at the Ground Jury’s expense however when he commented on the accuracy and consistency of the marks submitted by spectators who, at this event, also get the opportunity to award points for each rider’s test. “It’s wonderful to have spectators also judging the competition - it really gets them involved, and here in Stuttgart they really know their sport. In fact I’m thinking I can start saving money next year if the the spectators can do the judging for me instead.....” he joked. 

 

For further information on the third leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League series at Stuttgart (GER) visit www.stuttgart-german-masters.de or contact Press Officer Jörg Klopfer,  joerg.klopfer@in.stuttgart.de, +49 71195543128.
 
The next leg will take place in Stockholm (SWE) on Sunday 29 November 2015. For details of the Swedish fixture visit www.swedenhorseshow.se or contact Press Officer Lotta Amnestal, LottaAmnestal@ridsport.se, +46 709 7956 35.

 

Result: 1, Delgado (Beatriz Ferrer-Salat) ESP 83.300; 2, Don Johnson FRH (Isabell Werth) GER 82.975; 3, Unee BB (Jessica von Bredow-Werndl) GER 80.150; 4, D’Agostino (Fabienne Lutkemeier) GER 79.900; 5, Arlando NOP (Diederik van Silfhout) 78.700; 6, UlrichEquine’s St Emilion (Dorothee Schneider) GER 78.125; 7, Fixdesign Eremo del Castegno (Valentina Truppa) ITA 78.000; 8, Batuta (Goncalo Carvalho) POR 76.125; 9, Smeyers Molberg (Marcela Krinke Susmelj) SUI 75.400; 10, Eres DL (Jeroen Devroe) BEL 73.550; 11, Axis TSF (Terhi Stegars) FIN 73.075; 12, Spirit of the Age OLD (Bernadette Brune) GER 72.825; 13, Tiamo (Jorinde Verwimp) BEL 72.425; 14, Finckenstein TSF (Rikke Svane) DEN 72.175; 15, Rodriguez 4 (Astrid Neumayer) AUT 72.075.
 
Detailed result here 

 

Facts and Figures:
 
Stuttgart in Germany played host to the third leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015/2016 Western European League today.
The competition was won by Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado who also topped the second leg of the series in Lyon, France three weeks ago.
5 of the 15 starters represented the host nation.
German riders filled three of the four top placings. 
The Ground Jury consisted of: At E, Francis Verbeek van Rooy (NED); At H, Christoph Umbach (LUX); At C, Dr Dietrich Plewa (GER); At M, Isobel Wessels (GBR): At B, Peter Holler) GER. 
Today’s win has promoted Ferrer-Salat to second place on the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015/2016 Western European League leaderboard which is now headed by Switzerland’s Marcela Krinke Susmelj who finished ninth this evening.
The Swiss rider leads with 41 points, including 20 collected for a win in the Central European League leg staged in Lipica (SLO) earlier this year. 

 

Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015/2016 leaderboard: standings after Round 3 of the Western European League at Stuttgart (GER):
 
1.    Marcela Krinke Susmelj SUI             -    41
2.    Beatriz Ferrer-Salat ESP                -    40
3.    Patrik Kittel SWE                    -    37
4.    Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER        -    32
5.    Inna Logutenkova UKR                -    30
6.    Fabienne Lutkemeier GER            -    28
6.    Goncales Carvalho POR                -    28
8.    Judy Reynolds IRL                    -    24
9.    Valentina Truppa ITA                -    21
10.    Alexandre Ayache FRA                -    20
10.    Ellen Schulten-Baumer GER            -    20
10.    Edward Gal NED                    -    20
13.    Charlotte Haid Bondergaard SWE        -    19
13.    Jenny Larsson SWE                -    19
15.    Anna Kasprzak DEN                -    17
15.    Isabell Werth GER                    -    17
15.    Matthias Bouten GER                -    17
 
Full standings here 

  

Quotes:
 
Gotthilf Riexinger, Event Director Stuttgart:  “We have just seen some fantastic performances! I’m very happy to have so many top riders and such great spectators at this event. The spectators love Dressage, they love Driving and they love Jumping, and we are always sold out for dressage which is fantastic for the sport!” 
 
Jessica von Bredow-Werndl GER (3rd): “I had a good feeling again today, it’s my first time doing my new Freestyle routine which meant I had to think a bit while i was riding - it was a good ride but not my best.”
 
Isabell Werth GER (2nd): “My aim was to improve on last year’s performance. I gave more attention to warm-up this time around, I took it more seriously and it paid off.”
 
 
 

Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado won their second successive leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League at Stuttgart in Germany today. (FEI/Karl Heinz Frieler)

Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado won their second successive leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League at Stuttgart in Germany today. (FEI/Karl Heinz Frieler)

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