Dutch Heroine Wins Again  

1 Feb 2004

Anky van Grunsven emerged victorious from a top class field in Amsterdam 

Today, winning her second FEI World Cup qualifying competition on the
trot. Van Grunsven's young horse Gestion Salinero, only nine years old,
kept his head in a hot-house atmosphere to produce moments of brilliance in the 80 per cent-scoring test. "Gestion Salinero actually felt better in the Friday's grand prix when he was more relaxed, and today at times

I just had to try and keep it quiet, but there were some moments where I
knew that with more experience he could be a great horse". Beatriz Ferrer-Salat rode Beauvalais with her customary vivacity for second place. Her World Cup season has been curtailed by other commitments, and Beauvalais caught a fever late last year, so the
Spanish rider is now concentrating on the outdoor season, unlike Germany's Isabell Werth who is out to win a place at the World Cup Final in April.

Werth and Satchmo, another exciting young prospect at ten years old, produced moments of breathtaking expression for third place. Werth was happy: " Satchmo was more relaxed today than in the grand prix and apart from some misunderstanding in the canter at the start, he did not make any big mistakes." In fourth place for Holland, Edward Gal and Gestion Lingh started with real brilliance, but tension crept into the second half of their test causing some mistakes and loss of synchronicity with the music.

With eight riders from the Western European League able to qualify for the final (Dusseldorf, April 1-4), Werth currently lies sixth in the points standings behind compatriot Hubertus Schmidt, whose mare Wansuela Suerte also felt the tension here for sixth place. Heike Kemmer, the current leader on 72 points, had to withdraw Albano when he trotted out lame this morning, but the German rider is still way ahead. Anky van Grunsven, now on 57 points, has risen one place to overtake British rider Emma Hindle (50), while Holland's Sven Rothenberger is well placed at fourth on 46 points. Edward Gal is lying seventh with 39 points to date. These riders will want to hold their standings, as a maximum of three riders per nation can ride at the Final.

President of the Ground Jury, Wim Ernes remarked on the high standard of competition. He said: " This class was exciting for the crowd and also
exciting for the judges. We saw some exceptional horses and impressive rides. There were mistakes here and there but the top nine all scored over 70 per cent."

World Cup Director Joep Bartels underlined the depth of quality and
talent seen throughout this FEI World Cup season. " It used to be that an Olympic year could be a weak World Cup year, but this time it is not the case. That is really positive."

Returning to the calendar after a two-year break, the Amsterdam show is taking place at a new Hall in the RAI complex, and the FEI World Cup freestyle to music enticed a sell out crowd.

The remaining two qualifiers take place in Neumunster, Germany (February 20-22nd) and 's-Hertogenbosch, Holland (March 25-28th).

Results:
1, Anky Van Grunsven NED (Gestion Salinero) 80.45%
2, Beatriz Ferrer-Salat ESP (Beauvalais) 77.15%
3, Isabell Werth GER (Satchmo) 76.47%
4, Edward Gal NED (Gestion Lingh) 75.45%
5, Antoinette Falandt NED (Jarwo) 74.92%
6, Hubertus Schmidt GER (Wansuela Suerte) 73%
7, Sven Rothenberger NED (Barclay II) 72.7%
8, Louise Nathhorst SWE (Guinness) 71.8%
9, Kyra Kyrklund FIN (Andiamo Tyme) 70.55%
10, Per Sangaard DEN (Zancor) 69.27%

FEI World Cup Dressage Western European League
Standings after 5 of 7 competitions
1, Heike Kemmer GER 72
2, Anky van Grunsven NED 57
3, Emma Hindle GBR 50
4, Sven Rothenberger NED 46
5, Hubertus Schmidt GER 44
6, Isabell Werth GER 43
7, Edward Gal NED 39
8, Louise Nathhorst SWE 37

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