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German poker at San Patrignano

The 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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