German Ellen Schulten-Baumer loaded her horse Grosso's Gentle on the lorry for the Central European League World Cup qualifier in Radzionkow, Poland, and returned home with valuable World Cup points after winning the kur to music there on Sunday 3 May 2015. Scoring 72.800% sufficed for the World Cup victory in a field of nine competitors.
The 2015 CDI-W Radzionkow experienced a small edition this year with no youth rider classes and only a tiny group of small tour riders, but on the up side the event staged two Grand Prix tours: a Special tour and a CDI-W tour.
Schulten-Baumer and her 13-year old Hanoverian bred Grosso's Gentle (by Grosso Z x Ordos xx) did his first outdoor show this season after competing at the CDI Drachten in January and CDI-W Neumunster in February. In Poland they were third in the Grand Prix with 66.900% but aced the kur with 72.800%. Ukrainian Svetlana Kiseliova and Yuri Kovshov's 18-year old Ukrainian bred Parish (by Iris) won the Grand Prix (67.420%) and was second in the Kur (71.175%).
"Radzionkow was our first outdoor show and Grosso's Gentle had to work hard on staying concentrated on me and we had some faults. It was really a pity," Schulten-Baumer told Eurodressage. "Radzionkow is a beautiful place, where everything is perfectly organized by the Cichon family. They try to make the competition a whole family event with a lot of different show acts and concerts which makes the show really "colourful" and special."
The Special tour turned out to be a Finnish feast with Eevamaria Porthan-Brodell clinching her third Grand Prix trophy in two weeks. After sweeping two wins at the CDI Zakrzow last week, Porthan-Brodell trailered her 19-year old Danish bred Solos Lacan to Radzionkow and claimed victory in the Grand Prix with 69.020%. Her country mate Elisabet Ehrnrooth and the 13-year old dark bay Swedish bred Wizard II (by Wetano x Allegretto) won the Grand Prix Special with 66.843% and barely edged out German born Palestinian Christian Brühe on the 16-year old Holsteiner gelding Cinco de Mayo (by Coriander x Alcatraz) who was second with 66.490% after placing fourth in the Grand Prix with 67.100%.
Eastern European riders dominated the small tour with Polish Ewa Hamkalo and her 13-year old Dutch warmblood Vivaldi (by Ro-Lex x Jazz) taking out the Prix St Georges (68.237%) and the Inter I kur to music (72.150%). Estonian Dina Ellermann landed first place in the Intermediaire I aboard her 10-year old Danish warmblood Royal Pokemon (by Royal Diamond x Heslegards Louis).
Photos © Lukasz Kowalski
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