Results of the World Dressage Championships: Patrik Kittel

  • Sweden’s Patrick Kittel brought the drama with a spectacular Bond-themed freestyle aboard Touchdown at the Blue Hors World Dressage Championships. Their score of 83.68% places the duo at the provisional top of the table of results for the World Dressage Championships.

    But their reign was short-lived, with Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca next topping the leaderboard with a whopping new personal best of 84.04%.



    The partnership went into action together, creating suspense through the choreography perfectly matched to their dramatic soundtrack.

    “I loved it, the music is fantastic – Skyfall is a bit of everything by Daniel Craig [films as Bond]so it’s Skyfall, Casino Royale, No Time to Die, Spectre, but it’s not the personalized James Bond,” Patrik said.

    “For example, the last passage of piaffe where [Bond] is dying in No Time To Die, when the bombs come, and I love that music. I wanted to do James Bond, because I’m a big James Bond fan, but not to do James Bond because everyone has done it before, so that was my goal. Walking to that piano was the coolest thing.

    As Herning marks the first senior championship for the 10-year-old Quarterback gelding, owned by Sommarkvarn AB, Patrick brings with him a wealth of experience and medals, with Herning marking his fourth World Championship appearance.

    He added that it was “amazing” to ride in this stadium

    “I made a small mistake, but to be really honest, riding here and this audience. It’s on the next level,” he said.

    “I think they support everyone. I wasn’t even nervous going there. I just wanted to ride, show people a good time. That’s what it’s all about, you know, being one with your horse and having fun.

    Patrick’s teammate Therese Nilshagen and 15-year-old Dante Weltino OLD impressed with a new freestyle for these championships.

    “I had such a good feeling coming into the arena. I have a new freestyle that’s ready just in time, so I thought why not use it, there’s no point in trying to use it. save for later,” said Thérèse, who obtained 83.05%.

    “He has a good flow and adapts very well to Dante. Comparing it to the European Championship in 2017, it looks a lot like – back then there was a home crowd which is always amazing, but it also looks like to a local audience. Such a good atmosphere and so many Swedes to cheer on. Overall I’m happy with the week and I’m looking forward to the next European Championships and the next Olympics.

    Denmark’s team gold medalist Carina Cassøe Krüth was warmly received by the local audience for her performance with Heiline’s Danciera, earning an 82.14% score from the judges.

    “First of all the Danish public are amazing, they know us, they love us and they know we are more than okay with them cheering us on and cheering us on,” said Carina, who rode to the sound of the music of Dirty Dancing and Fame. , with the crowd cheering along the final center line.

    “I’m more than happy with my test and my horse even though we made some costly mistakes today. This championship is a once in a lifetime experience, there will never be a home championship in my lifetime. The team medal is so precious because we all fought so hard to get it, it was just amazing.

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