Dinja and Hermes lead Dutch domination at Mechelen


FEI Dressage World Cup 2022/2023 Western European League – Written by Louise Parkes

There was an actual present of power from the Dutch contingent on the sixth leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League at Mechelen in Belgium at this time the place they crammed 5 of the highest seven locations within the competitors gained by Dinja van Liere and Hermes NOP.

Van Liere and her 10-year-old stallion, who clinched bronze in each the Grand Prix Particular and Freestyle on the ECCO FEI World Championships 2022 in Herning, Denmark this summer season, have been agency favorites coming into this spherical of the 11-leg sequence, however the form-book was turned on its head in yesterday’s Grand Prix.

Errors proved pricey for most of the major contenders and the main Dutch duo needed to accept third behind Nice Britain’s Lottie Fry and Everdale in second, whereas a fault-free efficiency from van Liere’s World Championship team-mate Marieke van der Putten and the ten -year-old Totilas gelding Torveslettens Titanium RS2 gained by means of.

As we speak nevertheless Hermes was proper again within the groove, giving his 32-year-old rider his full consideration as he pranced his means by means of a glowing take a look at for the profitable rating of 85.815. Dutch compatriot Emmelie Scholtens and Desperado completed second forward of Fry in third and van der Putten in fourth, whereas Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Blue Hors St Schufro completed fifth. After which Kirsten Brouwer (Basis) and Thamar Zweistra (Hexagon’s Double Dutch) rounded up an ideal Dutch day when slotting into sixth and seventh locations.

Midway stage

On a mark of 76,980, Brouwer was main the way in which on the midway stage, however Fry and her Tokyo 2020 Olympic group bronze-medal-winning journey Everdale raised the bar considerably when placing 83,865 on the board with a take a look at that included beautiful prolonged canter and ideal tempi-changes.

That seemed onerous to beat, however van Liere and Hermes soared out in entrance when scoring 85.815. As she defined afterwards, at this time’s efficiency was about placing every bit of the jigsaw into place. She mentally ticked off each motion as she went alongside.

“After each train I used to be saying OK – Achieved! I used to be specializing in doing all of the workouts with none errors at this time and naturally piaffe / passage is at all times his spotlight, he does it with such ease. The principle factor was I used to be so blissful that I had his concentrate on him the entire time through the take a look at so I had extra confidence that he actually needed to do it once more!

Dinja van Liere (NED)

Scholtens and Desperado, winners at Mechelen when it was final staged in 2019, squeezed in forward of Fry when posting 83,865 for runner-up spot when third-last to go. She was delighted together with her outcome. Speaking about Desperado she stated “he did wonderful at this time! I liked the ambiance right here within the area and I believe my horse did too. I’m very happy with him. He didn’t do too many reveals final yr so I’m actually blissful!”


In the meantime third-placed Fry is relishing the entire FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/2023 season. She produced a surprising efficiency to win the earlier Western European League leg in London (GBR) partnering her World Championship star, Glamourdale, and at this time was thrilled with Everdale’s efficiency by her.

“It felt like an ideal enchancment from yesterday. He actually likes his Freestyle by him and I believe this was certainly one of his greatest performances by him. I used to be very happy how he coped within the area as a result of typically the gang can catch his consideration from him. There may be a lot extra to come back from him and a lot extra I can enhance. 2023 can be very thrilling!” she stated.

Van Liere talked about what Hermes has been as much as since shining so brightly in Herning this summer season. The ten-year-old stallion had a break earlier than competing at Indoor Friesland (NED) in October after which traveled to Lyon (FRA) for the second leg of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ 2022/2023 Western European League later that month. However he did not compete.

“He did one thing loopy within the steady there and on the primary day of the competitors he was not match to compete. In fact he is a stallion and possibly he is a bit stallion-ish within the steady – I do not know what he did through the night time! So we took him residence once more. We then took a bit longer with him to make sure he was wholesome and feeling match and recent once more, so he had possibly one other month of trip and that is his first competitors since then ”. He made his return to motion a profitable one at this time.


Van Liere is happy to have two Grand Prix horses to journey and says the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Ultimate 2023 in Omaha (USA) subsequent April is a goal for her.

“I’ve two actually good horses to compete. I am going to journey Sizzling Chocolate in Basel (SUI) and Hermes in Amsterdam (NED) after which in s’Hertogenbosch (NED) it will likely be Hermes once more. We’ll see, when he is match like this it is undoubtedly an choice (for Hermes), and the World Cup competitions are the nicest competitions to journey!”, she acknowledged enthusiastically.

Basel will stage the subsequent leg in two weeks’ time, and with 31 factors up to now van Liere has moved into twelfth place within the Western European League standings which proceed to be led by Germany’s Ingrid Klimke. The highest 9 will make the minimize to the Ultimate, and on present kind at this time’s winner appears set to make a robust bid for a type of coveted qualifying tickets.

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