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Anky and Salinero Set World Record Dressage Score........Kenneth
Braddick reports from the Netherlands for PhelpsSports.com
PHOTO CREDIT: Anky van Grunsven (NED) wins the Vrienden Van Het CHIO
Prijs in Rotterdam on Keltic Salinero (c) 2006 Ken Braddick - HorseSport
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Rotterdam, Netherlands - June 22, 2006 - Anky van Grunsven of the
Netherlands rode her World Cup champion Keltec Salinero to a world
record dressage Grand Prix score of 81.333 percent.
Both she and her 12-year-old bay Hanoverian gelding were "in the zone,
in the same place, at the same time," van Grunsven said after the
opening event of the Rotterdam CHIO.
Four of the five judges gave van Grunsven and Salinero scores above 80
percent, with only the German jurist awarding her slightly less with
The Dutch pair won the World Cup in Amsterdam only two months ago.
Thursday's score shattered the previous record of 79.96 percent that was
set by Germany's Isabell Werth on Satchmo in Stuttgart, Germany, in
On Thursday, Werth rode her Warum Nicht FRH to second place with 75.958
percent, while Edward Gal and Group 4 Securicor Lingh showed he was
fully recovered from an ailment that impaired his World Cup performance
by finishing in third place with 73.833 percent.
Catherine Haddad, the only U.S. rider in the Grand Prix, placed ninth
aboard her leading mount, Maximus JSS. Haddad, who lives in Vechta,
Germany, has been placed on the U.S. short list of six horse and rider
combinations from which will be chosen the team for the World Equestrian
Games in Aachen, Germany in August. The other combinations are Steffen
Peters of San Diego, Calif. and Floriano, Guenter Seidel of Cardiff,
Calif. and Aragon, Leslie Morse of Beverly Hills and Kingston, Arlene
Page of Wellington, Fla. and Wild One and Debbie McDonald of Hailey,
Idaho and Brentina.
Van Grunsven said that the ride felt so good she actually forgot to
count the number of steps in the final piaffe. "It was a really, really
good feeling," she said. "When I saw the score go up and it was over 80
percent, I worried for a while that maybe we are too good too soon,"
referring to the August quadrennial Games. "But it may be even better by
Both she and her husband-trainer Sjef Janssen, who is also coach of the
Netherlands' team, said they believed that Keltec Salinero was so
relaxed, expressive and accurate today that the horse can perform at an
even higher level.
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