poker at San Patrignano
repetition of the number four seems to be the rule adopted by the
strong German team, at San Patrignano for the Italian Dressage World
Cup qualifier: four competition, four victories, four lady riders
at the top four places of the final standings of the Free Style
Grand Prix, closing competition of the event.
Report of an announced victory for Monica Theodorescu, an athlete
able to gain from '98 until today, five team golden medals including
World Championships, European Championships and Olympic games. She
reached the top of the podium with an impeccable test, perfectly
performed on her Renaissance Fleur, scoring the very high percentage
of 77,69%. A score that showed to be unattainable for her team fellow
women: Heike Kemmer obtained the nearest score with her Albano,
74,64%, while the experienced Isabelle Werth placed third scoring
74,36% on Antony Frh, which substitutes her former, outstanding
horse, Gigolò. On this horse Ms. Wert wrote the last 10 years'
history of this discipline: 12 team golden medals including Olympic
Games and European Championships and golden individual medals both
at Atlanta '96 and to two World Championships.
The poker scored by the German team was completed by Gina Cappellmann
on Amando with 71,44%. Theodorescu declared herself completely satisfied
with her result and stressed her mare's good performance: "Reneissance
is getting better and better and I didn't expect myself she could
express herself at such top level. After this performance my goal
for this season is to reach the final of the word cup where I hope
to achieve a good result".
San Patrignano's meeting has, by the way, quite changed the look
of the Dressage World Cup standings. The Dutch lady rider Anky van
Gruningen still retains the first place with her 57 points but soon
after her the German lady riders Theodorescu and Cappellmann elbowed
their way to the top, reaching second and third position respectively
with 52 and 51 points. A quick jump forward was scored by Mrs. Kemmer
too, who thanks to today's result reached the Swiss Ramsaier on
the fifth ranking of the World Cup
At the end of the competition Cesare Croce, President of the Italian
Equestrian Federation, has underlined the friendship and collaboration
joining San Patrignano and the Federation: "The fellowship
with San Patrignano has proceeding and growing since many years
and our sports is deeply committed to support the message against
drugs and social out-casting San Patrignano brings forth. And in
2005 we will hold an European Showjumping Championships in a community.
There are no precedent in any other sports". Giacomo Muccioli
is fully satisfied for the success of the event and is deeply impressed
by the technical niveau of the German Dressage. "The four German
lady riders have proved to be a step further the other competitors.
I am really pleased that San Patrignano could provide the Italian
fan of this discipline with the chance to see them live. Above all,
since this year is the 25th anniversary of the community, we are
particularly happy that we opened it with such a successful event".
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