Shouts of joy for Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein
The arena rang with shouts of joy, when the result for Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was announced, and she was in the lead. The speaker had to ask the audience to be quiet and show consideration for the next rider. Naturally, Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was happy to win.
"I'm very happy with my horse today, he only just arrived from Kentucky 3 weeks ago. He was a little tensed in the beginning, but then he started to relax and did the best he could", said Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein. She also told that she would ride her freestyle from Kentucky in the finals on Sunday.
Close call between Sayn-Wittgenstein and Werth
It was close call for the 1st place between Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Isabell Werth, who as usual delivered a stabile programme. Isabell Werth herself was not completely satisfied.
“Well it was not quite good enough”, “I had a good start with the entry, and the first half of the program was rather good, but I had a little tension in the canter program, and too many mistakes there. It’s difficult here, in this arena for Satchmo , with the crowd ,and everything is very close, but I’m not unhappy, because he was serious, but was at times a little unconcentrated, because of the atmosphere, but OK that’s part of the game, and we‘ll see what happens tomorrow” Isabell replied
Hans- Peter Minderhoud was surpised by beeing placed 3rd
“I’m also very happy with him. It’s his first season at Grand Prix, and he was also a bit spooky especially in the corner by the car, and had many mistakes in that corner, I’m very happy with the way he is going and developing, and there is still a lot more space for improvement, so I did not expect him to come 3rd here today, so I’m very happy” Hans-Peter Minderhoud replied.
Sophisticated sport and sophisticated Fashion
Main sponsor for the FEI World Cup in dressage is the fashion designer Reem Acra N.Y. who has agreed to be main sponsor for the next 3 years.
Lisa Wells who is director of special events for Reem Acra, replied “ Well the sport is so elegant and so sophisticated, that it seemed to be a natural fit for the brand, which takes pride in it’s dedication to quality and the very finest”
Kurt Christensen, the president of the ground jury, spoke on behalf of the 5 judges when he expressed "the standard was very high in the Grand Prix and that all the contenders showed impressive riding".