“Lorenzo is coming back after his holidays. At the moment he may not be as sharp as he was earlier in the season but he is coming along nicely. He coped very well with the atmosphere and he enjoyed the applause of the crowd!”
From the starting field of 15 horse-and-rider combinations he was always favourite to win after topping yesterday’s Grand Prix in which Mathisen was runner-up, and once again today, as Lorenzo made his World Cup debut, he turned on the showmanship that set the spectators alight. He said talking of his musical score:
“I think a freestyle somehow should reflect the personality of the rider, and I very much like guitar music so Santana was an easy choice for me.”
He took the lead with just four left to go, and Mathisen slotted in behind him when she followed him into the ring to post 76.705 with her 12-year-old stallion. The 57-year-old rider who originated from Norway but now competes under the Swedish flag said:
“This was not only Zuidenwind’s first World Cup but also his first international indoor Grand Prix so I am very happy with him”
However she was immediately overtaken for runner-up spot by 49-year-old Vilhelmson Silfven who was delighted when posting a mark of 79.555 with Paridon Magi. She said:
“He was really super and got his best score ever today. I was a tiny bit behind the music but caught up.”
Jurado Lopez said he will continue to chase down qualifying points “because we are hoping to get to the Final”. The FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016/2017 Final will take place in Omaha, Nebraska (USA) next March and the second leg of the Western European League qualifying series will take place next week, in Lyon, France.
Result: 1, Lorenzo (Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez) ESP 82.060; 2, Paridon Magi (Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven) SWE 79.555; 3, Zuidenwind (Rose Mathisen) SWE 76.705; 4, Du Soleil (Kristy Oakley) AUS 76.705; 5, Jimmie Choo Seq (Mads Hendeliowitz) SWE 75.740; 6, Radetzky (Marjan van Der Jagt) NED 74.375; 7, Meggle’s Boston (Hendrik Lochthowe) GER 73.505; 8, Rustique (Mai Tofte Olesen) DEN 73.365; 9, Fuerstano (Juliane Brunkhorst) GER 72.585; 10, Daintree 3 (Kathleen Keller) GER 71.835; 11, Ratzinger (Marlies van Baalen) NED 71.050; 12, Aston Martin (Helene Melsen) DEN 70.690; 13, Ramoneur 6 (Tanya Seymour) RSA 70.270; 14, Sirikit (Carina Nevermann Torup) DEN 68.290; 15, Heselgaards Rismon (Hasse Hoffmann) DEN 66.825.
Detailed result here