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CDI5* Mechelen: Patrick van der Meer takes revenche in WDM Grand Prix Special

In today’s WDM Jerich Grand Prix Special presented by Ricoh all the horses seemed more at ease with the ambiance in the large Nekkerhal.

Patrick van der Meer and Zippo GP Special winners in Mechelen (photo courtesy: World Dressage Masters).

They all seemed more relaxed and it was noticeable in the tests. Also Patrick van der Meer’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding Zippo (by Rousseau) was relaxed and focused.  Their performance was smooth and the piaffe and passage exercises and the pirouettes were real highlights. The combination received a score of 70.659%. Afterwards a happy Patrick stated: “I had some mistakes in yesterday’s Grand Prix and I lost some valuable points. Today it was so much better.”

Runner-up was the Ukraine’s Inna Logutenkova, Vian Group’s stable rider, with her 13-year-old Oldenburger stallion Don Gregorius. Their test showed a lot more energy, impulsion and expression than yesterday. Inna scored 70.431% with her performance.
Third place went to Belgium’s Mario Van Orshaegen and Wilco V (KWPN, by Rousseau) with 68.302%. Mario was very satisfied with his performance: “I notice that Wilco V is, now at age 12, getting more powerful.”

CDI5* Mechelen – Grand Prix Special –  28 December 2015
Jury: Sanders – van Daele – Baarup – Holler – Velyka

1° Patrick van der Meer (Netherlands)   – Zippo 70.569 %

2° Inna Logutenkova (Ukraine)   – Don Gregorius 70.431 %

3° Mario van Orshaegen (Belgium)    – Wilco V  68.302 %

4° Morgan  Barbançon Mestre (Spain) – Vitana V  67.745%

5° Kathleen  Raine (USA)  – Breanna 67.725 %

6° Julie de Deken (Belgium) – Lucky Dance 67.451 %

7° Delphine Meiresonne (Belgium) – Wipsy van het Heihof 66.863 %

8° Danielle van Mierlo (Netherlands) – Ucento 66.255 %