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CDI5* Mechelen: Young Delaunay and Kittel shine at WDM Freestyle

The public in the Nekkerhal in Mechelen enjoyed real entertaining and high quality dressage sport during the WDM Grand Prix Freestyle presented by VIAN GROUP.

Prizegiving of the WDM Grand Prix Freestyle presented by VIAN GROUP: Iuliia Parkhomenko of Vian Group, Jacques Van Daele, president of the jury, Terhi Stegars (3rd), Patrik Kittel (1st), Tommie Visser (2nd) and WDM managing director Camil Smeulders.(photo courtesy: World Dressage Masters).

Yesterday’s Grand Prix winner Patrik Kittel repeated his win with his young and very talented Oldenburger gelding Delaunay. His youngster excels in piaffe and passage and has all the qualities a good dressage horse needs to become a star. Watching this combination makes dressage look easy. A happy Patrik Kittel stated afterwards at the press conference: “Delaunay is strong in piaffe and passage, and I am happy to have won here in Mechelen. After 10 years it is the first time for me to win in Mechelen and I would like to make it a tradition. I didn’t ride to [the] max because Delaunay is still very young. I have to give him time. I ride Toy Story’s freestyle with him and it fits him well, but we are working on a new Freestyle especially for Delaunay. I am very lucky having four Grand Prix horses and two on their way.” The pair scored 78.575% and received € 15,500 [for] first prize.

Second place was for Holland’s Tommie Visser and Variohippique’s Vingino with 76.075%. Vingino has a strong piaffe and his pirouettes are nearly perfect.  “I started at WDM Vidauban, but for me this year’s highlights were the WDM stages in Lier (Belgium) and Roosendaal (NED), which I won. Meanwhile I’m on the shortlist for the Olympic Games. We will see.”

Finland’s Terhi Stegars and her impressive and light-footed black stallion Axis TSF finished in third place with 75.575%. Terhi lives and trains in Luxembourg since 2010 and it was her debut in the World Dressage Masters. According to the judges Terhi had the best fitting music for her Freestyle.

Belgium is on its way back in the dressage sport. They took fourth, fifth and sixth place in the WDM Freestyle.  There were only smiles on the Belgian team. Fanny Verliefden (fourth), who runs a dressage stable together with her partner Wim Verwimp, father of Jorinde, rode the talented Annarico. The KWPN mare by Lord Loxley shows a lot of potential but it is a sensitive horse too who will need to get some more experience. Fanny did a great job and kept control when Annarico became a bit tense now en than. Jorinde Verwimp, who is in her first year with the seniors after competing in the WDM NextGen competitions, finished in fifth place with 75.275%. Jorinde was the youngest rider in this competition and trains with Anky van Grunsven. In sixth [place] was Jeroen Devroe with Eres DL (75.225%). The experienced rider performed a controlled Freestyle without mistakes.

Judge Mariette Sanders Van Gansewinkel was happy with the level of performance : “The top three had all different highlights. Patrik’s Delaunay has a super piaffe and passage tour, Tommie’s Vingino has a piaffe that could score a 10 and Tehri rode Axis TSF in harmony with the music which made you want to start dancing. Also congratulations to the Belgian dressage riders who finished in fourth, fifth and sixth place with scores of over 75%.”

Vian Group’s Iuliia Parkhomenko is very satisfied with the sponsoring of WDM and hopes that WDM will expand and add more high level events next year. WDM will start in Lier next year, which will be staged from 3 til 6 March 2016.

CDI 5* Mechelen – Grand Prix Freestyle– 28 December 2015
Jury:  Sanders – Baarup – Van Daele –  Saleh –  Holler

1° Patrik Kittel (Sweden) – Delaunay 78.575 %

2° Tommie Visser (Netherlands) – Vingino 76.075 %

3° Terhi Stegars (Finland) – Axis TSF 75.575 %

4° Fanny Verliefden (Belgium) – Annarico 75.525 %

5° Jorinde Verwimp   (Belgium) – Tiamo 75.275 %

6° Jeroen Devroe (Belgium) – Eres D-L 75.225 %

7° Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (Germany) – Zaire 74.825 %

8° Katja  Gevers (Netherlands) –  Thriller 72.150 %