32 riders, 10 teams, the famous CDIO5* of Compiègne and its FEI Nations Cup provided a breathtaking battle today between the World’s best. If the predictions were many, it was finally the World n°6, Denmark’s Carina Cassøe Krüth, who, for her return to this imperial city, offered the best performance and has allowed her country to become the overnight leaders. In the CDI3*, Matthias Alexander Rath stood out this morning in the Grand Prix Special while the incredible duo formed by Charlotte Fry and Lars van de Hoenderheide won the Grand Prix Freestyle this evening. As for the home nation riders, another superb performance from Mado Pinto in the young riders!
Carina Cassøe Krüth & Heiline’s Danciera
Following the Eurovia Grand Prix, the first act of the FEI Nations Cup at the CDIO 5* in Compiègne, the Danish team led by Carina Cassøe Krüth have taken pole position with 22 points ahead of the Netherlands and Germany, neck and neck on 29 and 30 points (the results of each rider in the Grand Prix are added together to obtain the total for each team). The World Team Champion, recently victorious in the Herning Grand Prix with a score approaching 80% (79.717%) and the winner of the Grand Prix Special here in 2021, made her comeback riding the brilliant Heiline’s Danciera. ‘’I think I rode a great test. I’ve got the impression that she’s really matured, she’s more and more at ease. We’ve been competing in 5*Grand Prix for several years and yet I’ve been feeling a real difference over the last few months. She’s gained in strength and confidence and you can feel it, the judges can see it too, everything is more harmonious and, of course, we know each other by heart!’’, laughed Carina Cassøe Krüth at the end of the prize-giving. “In a team, with horses, nothing is ever certain, but we have every chance. Anna (Kasprzak – 10th), and Lone (Bang Zindorff – equal 11th) put in solid performances today, slightly below their usual scores, but I’m confident for tomorrow. Lone has a very nice Freestyle and Anna’s horse is excellent at piaffe-passage, an advantage in the GPS.”
CDI Young Riders – A double for Mado Pinto.