Americans Tuny Page and Leslie Morse will be among the 18-member field for the FEI Dressage World Cup Final in Amsterdam on April 20-23. Page and Morse claimed the top two spots at the U.S. League Final on March 18-19.
Thirteen competitors have now been finalized with the completion of the final Western European League qualifier at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, on March 23-26.
Anky van Grunsven and Salinero tuned up for the final with a tremendous freestyle victory there, scoring 87.92 percent. Van Grunsven and Salinero, 12, were automatically qualified for the final as the defending champions.
“I’m not sure exactly what is the key, but over the last few shows Salinero has felt more confident, our communication is getting better and better, and in the training now we have the chance to work more on the details. I really have the feeling that he is getting older and wiser,” said van Grunsven.
All Salinero’s technical scores exceeded 80 percent, with the artistic scores all above 90 percent, including a 96 percent from Bernard Maurel at E.
“It was magical,” said Jennie Loriston-Clarke, who judged at B. “Salinero was so much more relaxed, so off the ground, and Anky rode so well to the music.”
The other eight riders qualified from the Western European League are: Edward Gal of the Netherlands (who finished second at ‘s-Hertogenbosch on Group 4 Securicor Lingh), Isabell Werth of Germany, Ellen Schulten-Baumer of Germany, Laurens van Lieren of the Netherlands, Imke Schellekens-Bartles of the Netherlands, Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff of Germany, Laura Bechtolsheimer of Great Britain, and Lone Jorgensen of Denmark.
Ellen Kalinina of Russia qualified in the Central European League, and Cindy Ishoy qualified in the Canadian League.
Another five riders will be added as wild cards this week.