Paulinda Friberg satt nytt persobästa igen i dagens Kür i Neumünster.
FOTO: Roland Thunholm

Nytt personbästa igen för Paulinda


Det blev ett snyggt personbästa i gårdagens Grand Prix.
På söndagen satte Paulinda Friberg nytt rekord igen med Di Lapponia T.
Hon red på 76,60 i Reem Acra FEI World Cup kür och slutade åtta.

Till söndagens kür testade Paulinda sitt nya svårare kürprogram till ny musik.
Det stämde inte helt och Paulinda fick invänta vissa rörelser.
- Jag gick hem och gjorde om min kür och höjde svårighetsgraden efter världscupen på Friends Arena, berättade hon.

Di Lapponia T har svarat mot alla förväntningar och domarna gillar det de ser.
Även om rytmen delvis stördes. Paulinda fick ta upp extra mycket efter en galoppökning för att vänta på musiken till en piruette bland annat.
Svenska Malin Hamilton red upp sig i prislistan till en fin tolfteplats med Fleetwood.

Dagens segrare som också får 20 värdefulla värdscuppoäng blev tyskan Ulla Salzgeber med Herzruf´s Erbe på dryga 82 procent.


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Neumünster (GER), 15 February 2015

Photo Caption: Ulla Salzgeber and Herzruf’s Erbe won the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League at Neumünster, Germany today where host-nation riders filled the top three places. (FEI/Karl Heinz Freiler)

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Salzgeber leads German charge at Neumünster

by Louise Parkes

Ulla Salzgeber and Herzruf’s Erbe led another German whitewash at the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 series on home soil in Neumünster today. At Stuttgart (GER) last November, host country riders claimed the top four finishing spots led by Fabienne Lutkemeier and D’Agostino. Today however, 25-year-old Lutkemeier had to settle for runner-up spot behind the veteran Salzgeber who has made a great comeback with the horse with which she finished third at the Reem Acra Final in Leipzig (GER) four years ago.

Standing third in today’s line-up was Isabell Werth who was more than pleased with the improving performances of El Santo NRW, but it was a tough day at the office for Hans Peter Minderhoud from The Netherlands. A breakdown in the sound system meant he had to halt his performance while his musical score was restored to working order. However, last to go in the 15-strong line-up, he demonstrated his consummate professionalism by resuming from where he left off to finish a close fourth with Glock’s Flirt.

Battle for places

With only two further qualifying opportunities remaining, the battle for places at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Las Vegas in April is in full swing. And for German riders the fight is even tougher because so many of them are well-placed to make the cut, but there is an entry limit of just three from each country.

As today’s competition evolved, Finland’s Terhi Stegars was the one to beat in the early stages, having posted a strong score of 77.600 with her popular stallion Axis TSF. This pair are always a big hit wherever they go, but they need points to be in with a chance of making it to the Final. Finishing 11th in yesterday’s Grand Prix things weren’t looking too optimistic, but they threw down a super performance today in front of a crowd who know them very well.

“I live now in Luxembourg, but it feels like coming home!” said 40-year-old Stegars who had no fears about competing in the intense atmosphere  of the Neumünster ring.

“My Axis doesn’t mind it at all” she said. “I rode him here for the first time when he was three, that was 13 years ago, and his first show ever. I did my professional riders degree here, so people around here know me since I was young. I’ve been gone for a number of years, so it’s nice to come back and show what we have learned together!” she said. 


It came down to the final five before her score was surpassed by yesterday’s Grand Prix winners, Lutkemeier and D’Agostino, who posted the first mark over 80 per cent, at the end of an elegant and balanced test that put 80.775 on the scoreboard. Fellow-countrywoman, Isabell Werth, followed with her usual flourish to slot in behind that with 79.850 with El Santo NRW and then Salzgeber set sail to raise the bar even higher.

Herzruf’s Erbe’s career has been interrupted more than once by injury, and he spent 11 months on field-rest before returning to the competition ring at the end of 2013. But this indoor season, the chestnut horse has rallied brilliantly, finishing third and then fourth at the Reem Acra qualifiers in Lyon (FRA) and Odense (DEN) last October before winning both the Grand Prix and Freestyle in Frankfurt (GER) in December. “After Frankfurt I was hoping we can win a bit more, and today I would have been very happy to just finish in the top three!Salzgeber said after posting 82.775 which would not be bettered.

There were still two to go however, and the penultimate partnership of Hoennerups Driver and Anna Kasprzak from Denmark made a big impression with a lovely test. His rider put the quality 11-year-old Danish-bred gelding through an uncomplicated floorplan that demonstrated lightness, calmness and natural rhythm along with some glorious extended trot suggesting huge future potential. Their score of 78.300 placed them fourth, but, they dropped one spot to fifth after Dutchman, Minderhoud, brought the competition to a close.

So consistent

Talking about her winning ride, Salzgeber said “his highlight is that he is so consistent, he’s not looking around, he is with me and that gives you control so you can ride every exercise like you want it”. She has decided however, that she will not campaign the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage circuit any further with Herzruf’s Erbe. “At this stage I’m in seventh place on the leaderboard but he is 16 years old now and, for the sake of his welfare, I think it’s best to stop the World Cup qualifiers to be fair to him. The European Championships will be our next target” Salzgeber explained.

Runner-up, Lutkemeier, said of her test today, “there was a little mistake in the flying change after extended canter but my horse was more settled than yesterday and really focused, so I am very pleased with him.”

Isabell Werth was delighted with her third place finish. “I’m really happy and really proud that the first three places went to Germany today, and I’m very happy that I got an improved score from Amsterdam!” she said. Talking about El Santo NRW she continued,  “he had a long break of about five months from international competition so I’m really happy that we are on our way back and our scores are close to what they used to be. Today was a good experience, so we will go to Gothenburg now”. 

Indeed Gothenburg in Sweden presents the penultimate qualifying opportunity for riders in the Western European League in two weeks’ time, as the pressure for one of the coveted places at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2015 Final nears boiling point.

For further information on the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 seres at Neumuenster, Germany visit or contact Press Officer Andreas Kerstan, Email, Tel +49 4307 872 973.

The next leg of the series takes place at Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday 28 February 2015. For information on the Swedish fixture check out website or contact Press Officer Mayvor Thorin, Email, Tel +46705 828420.

Result: 1, Herzruf's Erbe (Ulla Salzgeber) GER 82.775 2, D'Agostino (Fabienne Lutkemeier) GER 80.775; 3, El Santo NRW (Isabell Werth) GER 79.850; 4, Glock's Flirt (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED 79.825; 5, Hoennerups Driver (Anna Kasprzak) DEN 78.300; 6, Axis TSF (Terhi Stegars) FIN 77.600; 7, Painted Black (Morgan Barbancon Mestre) ESP 77.075; 8, Di Lapponia T (Paulinda Friberg) SWE 76.600; 9, Girasol 7 (Nadine Capellman) GER 76.275; 10, Deveraux B (Carola Koppelmann) GER 76.125; 11, Uzzo (Patrick van der Meer) NED 75.400; 12, Fleetwood (Malin Hamilton) SWE 72.750; 13, Grosso's Gentle (Ellen Schulten-Baumer) GER 72.350; 14, After You (Ludovic Henry) FRA 72.175; 15, Vancouver K (Judy Reynolds) IRL 71.575.

Detailed result here 

Facts and Figures:

 The VR Classics at Neumunster, Germany staged the seventh leg of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League series today.

 The members of the Ground Jury were: At E, Katrina Wuest, At H, D Evi Eisenhardt, At C, Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode, At M, Leif Tornblad, At B Marietta Almasy.

 German riders Ulla Salzgeber (Herzruf’s Erbe), Fabienne Lutkemeier (D’Agostino) and Isabell Werth (El Santo NRW) filled the top three places.

 Today's winning rider, 56-year-old Ulla Salzgeber, previously won back-to-back FEI World Cup™ Dressage titles in 2001 and 2002 with the legendary Rusty.

Salzgeber also finished third at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final with Herzruf's Erbe at Leipzig, Germany in 2011.

Fourth place went to The Netherlands' Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Flirt whose Freestyle was disrupted when his musical score failed during his test.

 There are two further qualifying legs left to run in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2014/2015 Western European League - at Gothenburg, Sweden on 28 February and at 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) on 14 March.

 The series Final will take place in Las Vegas, USA from 15-19 April.


 Ulla Salzgeber GER:
“He (Herzruf’s Erbe) rode his first show again in November 2013 and he’s been on his way back over the last year”.

 Fabienne Lutkemeier GER:
“Next for him (D’Agostino) is Dortmund, then I will take Qui Vincit Dynamis and Diamonds Forever to Den Bosch.”

 Isabell Werth GER:
“Las Vegas is not the target for my first horse, Bella Rose. The European Championships is the big plan for her this year. She’s only 11 and I don’t want to make her nervous or confused by going indoors now. We did it right last year (ahead of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy where Werth and Bella Rose were on the gold medal winning German team).

 Terhi Stegars FIN:
"Talking about her experience in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Western European League this season - “I’ve had quite a nice time on the circuit but my goal was not to do it for long because I got married just before the start of the World season and Las Vegas was never my goal. But now we hope for the best!”

FEI World Cup™ Dressage, the only worldwide series in this discipline, is now in its 29th season. The series, created in 1985, comprises four leagues: Western European, Central European, North American (including Canada) and Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Asia). Each FEI World Cup™ Dressage qualifier consists of a Grand Prix test, which in turn is a qualification for the Freestyle to Music competition, where league points are accumulated towards places in the Final. Judged on both technical and artistic merit, the FEI World Cup™ Dressage combines art, sport and partnership between horse and rider at the highest level and consistently proves a winning formula with audiences all over the world.

The complete rules, calendar, updated ranking and results are available here

 Efter Lördagens Grand Prix

Paulinda Friberg sexa i Grand Prix

Paulinda Friberg, VM-reserv i Caen, Frankrike, tog chansen när hon fick den.

I Reem Acra FEI World Cup- kvalet i Neumünster, Tyskland, fick hon och Di Lapponia T 72,60 procent och en sjätteplats.

Både Paulinda och Malin Hamilton är med till söndagens Grand Prix kür, då det delas ut värdscuppoäng.

Fabienne Lütkemeier red hem segern med D´Agostino FRH inför en entusiastisk hemmapublik.
Det var dubbelt tyskt i toppen. Ulla Salzgeber var tvåa. Holländaren Hans Peter Minderhoud tog hand om tredjeplatsen med Glock´s Flirt.

Paulinda kan glädja sig åt att två domare hade henne väldigt högt. Domaren Eduard de Wolff van Westerrode, Belgien, hade henne som segrare och Marietta Almasy, hade Paulinda som tvåa i klassen.

- Jag har själv inte tittat på siffrorna. Men Kyra Kyrklund som följde tävlingen hemifrån hälsade via sin man att domarna var ojämna på min ritt.

Alla vittnar om att hallen i Neumünster har en tät atmosfär. Det är lågt i tak och i mitten hänger en stor jumobtron.
- Under den fick jag en miss i tvåorna (galoppombyten i vartannat steg). Lapponia tittade upp gjorde ett dubbeltramp, analyserade Paulinda.

Men hon var ändå väldigt nöjd med sin ritt.
- Jag har gott omkring med ett leende på läpparna hela tiden. Så jag har kramp i mungiporna. Nu ska jag bara putsa kandaret och så ska jag gå och smälta det här.

Efter världscupen i Friends Arena under Sweden International Horse Show har Paulinda gjort om sin kür.
Musiken är ny och svårighetsgraden ännu högre.
- Musiken är en mix med bland annat japanska inslag. Jag tycker den passar henne väldigt bra. Vi får hoppas att domarna tycker det också.

Paulinda Friberg var Svenska ridsportförbundets första stipendiat som fick bidarg ur Jubileumsstiftelsens fond.

FEI-tv sänder söndag klockan 10.00, Grand Prix kür.
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Förhands info

Tre svenskar i världscupen i Neumünster

Tre svenska ryttare kommer till start i världscupdressyren, Reem Acra FEI World Cup, i tyska Neumünster.
- Jag har hunnit rida två gånger i hallen och allt känns bra, berättar Paulinda Friberg, VM-reserv och Svenska Ridsportförbundets första jubileumsstipendiat, 2013.

Paulinda har sällskap av Malin Hamilton som så här långt har 24 världscuppoäng med Fleetwood och finns på en 19:e plats i världscuptabellen.
- Vi kämpar på. Klart att det skulle vara kul med fler poäng, säger Malin som varit upp klockan sex på morgon för att utnyttja sin ridtid.

Även Maria von Essen är på plats för start i världscupen.
Paulinda rider Di Lapponia T som har funnit sig väl tillrätta i den tyska hallen.
- Allt känns bra så här långt, säger Paulinda glatt.

De svenska ryttarna får möta ett starkt startfält där tyska ryttarna är i flertal. Fabienne Lüktemeier som finns i topptrion i tabellen rider, precis som Isabell Werth, som även kommer till Gothenburg Horse Show för att säkra en finalplats. Fabienne bestämmer om det blir start i Göteborg efter söndagens Grand Prix kür:

Av de hollädnska toppryttarna kommer Hans Peter Minderhoud till start i Neumünster.

En stark dansk ryttare som kommer att slåss om en topplacering är Anna Kasprzak.
Det blir en tidig start lördag morgon i Grand Prix. De 15 främsta går vidare till söndagens Grand Prix kür.