Anabel Balkenhol and Dablino FRH win Grand Prix

Stuttgart – Anabel Balkenhol (Germany), team bronze medal winner at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, secured the dressage Grand Prix for the Prize of Stihl at the 28th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS on Saturday morning. Riding Dablino FRH, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, she was awarded 75.702 points in the qualifying class for the Grand Prix Special on Sunday morning. The pair won a 3.000 euro purse for their efforts.

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As in the previous year, second place went to Victoria Max-Theurer who was given 72.128 per cent – and 2,500 euro – for her performance on her 10-year-old Hanoverian mare Blind Date. The Austrian was the youngest participant in 2003 at the Hickstead European Championships and 2004 in Athens (Olympics) when aged 17 and 18 respectively. She also competed at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong and at this years Games in London.

Third was the team silver medal winner in London, Dorothee Schneider (Germany), who was in the saddle on Forward Looking, an 11-year-old Westphalia mare. The international jury awarded her ride 71.468 per cent which in turn earned her 2,000 euro prize money.