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German team wins the Nations Cup, the DHL Prize, CICO***

Once again the German team won the Nations Cup, the DHL Prize, CICO***, at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2009. Hans Melzer’s team claimed the victory with a total score of 140.40 points, ahead of Great Britain on 173.90 points and New Zealand, who finished on a total score of 250.30 points. The outstanding individual winner was Andreas Dibwoski with his 15-year-old Hanoverian mare, FRH Serve Well. “You got carried along on a wave of enthusiasm here, it was a great feeling, Aachen offers real Championship conditions. I am delighted about the victory, we are having a great phase at the moment, our third child has just been born,“ commented an elated “Dibo“, who finished on a score of 45.1 points. The 43-year-old runs his own eventing stables in Egestorf and already claimed team gold with Serve Well at the FEI World Equestrian Games, Aachen 2006.

Second place went to Ingrid Klimke with a score of 46.70 points, who had a sensational ride in the cross-country with her Hanoverian gelding. “Braxxi is simply a top, reliable horse, he cantered that fast that I was even able to slow the pace down, where necessary,“ explained Ingrid Klimke, who was very busy at the CHIO: She competed in the dressage tour with the stud stallion Damon Hill and in the eventing with FRH Butts Abraxxas. The team gold medallist at the Olympic Games in Hong Kong and the FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, has also got her sights on the European Championships. She was the only rider to to jump clear in the time.

All three top rankings went to Germany since Dirk Schrade secured himself third place on King Artus with 48.60 points. “It was an incredible feeling riding into the stadium. This course was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had.” The British eventer, Mary King came fourth on Imperial Cavalier with 48.70 points, ahead of the 23-year-old Dutch rider Tim Lips on the KWPN mare, Van Schijndel’s Owaola (49.30 points), who changed disciplines two years ago, after previously having only competed in show-jumping.

Bad luck for Bettina Hoy, who was clearly in the lead after the dressage and jumping. Her 18-year-old grey gelding, Ringwood Cockatoo, refused at a narrow fence on the cross-country track and slid down to 17th place. The newcomer in Aachen, Julia Mestern, was also unlucky at the Soers. The 32-year-old was eliminated after three refusals. A disappointment for the rider who has already celebrated three big victories with her Hanoverian Sherlock Holmes son, Schorsch, at the CIC** in Breedeneck, at the CCI*** in Boekel and at the CIC* in Bad Segeberg this year, Mestern also competes successful at dressage.


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