“Daggi felt good in the arena,” Fabienne Lütkemeier (GER) said, pleased about her victory with D’Agostino at the World Cup Grand Prix at the Holstenhallen in Neumünster. The team world champion won with 71,790 percent, runner-up was Ulla Salzgeber (GER) mit Herzruf’s Erbe (74,780 percent) and third place went to Dutch Hans Peter Minderhoud with Florestan son Glock’s Flirt and 74,780 percent. The result of the first three pairs all ranged in a span of only one percent. Therefore, it is not surprising, that the opinions who was supposed to be the winner of the competition differed. However, the disparities of the place ciphers amongst the judges (for a full result click here) needed further discussion.
Two judges saw Lütkemeier in first position, one saw her only in fifth place, and one in sixth place. For Ulla Salzgeber, the results ranged from first o eighth place. Minderhoud and Isabell Werth, who finished fourth place with El Santo were thought to be the winners by one judge each and there also existed a judgement which saw Swedish Paulinda Friberg and Di Lapponia T, who finished in place six, in rank 1 as well as rank 12. This is completely crazy!
Madeleine Winter-Schulze, sponsor of the competition, said with a wink: “The judges will have a lot to talk about concerning this competition.”
Meanwhile, the audience praised the newly reconstructed Holstenhalle, which now is light, has a friendly atmosphere and makes use of new technologies in order to provide the best framework conditions at the seventh of the nine settings of the Reem Acra FEI World Cups.