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PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP The Netherlands’ Hans Peter Minderhoud steered Glock’s Flirt to victory in the Grand Prix as the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2016 Final got underway at the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, Sweden today. But the host nation contenders were hot on the heels of the Dutch duo, with Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and Don Auriello just 0.371 percentage points behind in second place and Patrik Kittel just 0.1 point further adrift in third with the veteran Watermill Scandic.Minderhoud knows he will have to do it all again in Sunday’s Freestyle if, at his sixth attempt, he is to take the coveted Reem Acra title at last. But it will be no easy task for the 42-year-old Dutchman and his 15-year-old gelding because, as today’s result clearly demonstrated, there is very little separating the leading combinations in the 18-strong field.Great startDenmark’s Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Jojo AZ got the competition off to a great start with a test that earned 73.343, but it was Vilhelmson-Silfven who set the real target when, third to go with Don Auriello, she posted 76.500 which really put it up to the rest of them. The six-time Olympian and her 14-year-old gelding presented a picture of elegance as always, Don Auriello showing off his trademark extended trot and elevated passage and piaffe to great effect.It wasn’t until Jessica von Bredow-Wendl and Unee BB, third-place finishers at the 2015 Reem Acra Final in Las Vegas, USA set off just after the judging break that anyone came close to that, scoring 75.257 when tenth to go. But from the moment Minderhoud entered the arena with Glock’s Flirt it was clear they were going to produce something special. With calm concentration the chestnut horse set about his work to reset the target score at 76.871 to take command with just three more to follow them into the arena. The show was far from over yet however.Few betterWhen it comes to showmen there are few better than Sweden’s Patrik Kittel, and although the crowd went wild with excitement as they arrived into the arena when last to go, the 39-year-old rider and his 17-year-old horse just took it all in their stride to post 76.400 which would slot them neatly into third place.Kittel said afterwards that he wasn’t in the least bit bothered by the noise of the crowd, despite a little spook from Scandic before they began their test. “I love it actually!” he said, “the excitement just makes for good sport – when people are happy that is great and we want the spectators to clap us – we are happy when they clap! But when I ride the test they stop and it is quiet again and I love that too. I would rather have all the noise and excitement because it makes for a great competition. And of course we have a top audience here and Gothenburg is a great show!” he added.Super-happySecond-placed Vilhelmson-Silfven said she was “super-happy” with Don Auriello today but admitted that she had “a shaky start! He (Don Auriello) wouldn’t stand still in the halt and then he just cantered off so that gives you something to think about! Am I preparing wrong or something? I was scared at first that I was not where I should be at the beginning but it all came together in the end” she explained.Kittel talked about Watermill Scandic who certainly belies his age and who continues to be as enthusiastic as ever. “He is in really good shape at 17 years old. I wonder will he quiet down but he loves his work and he was like this when he was 7 years old so I don’t think he will never change. I love him for that! I ride him a week to 10 days before a competition but he is like a professor, he knows what he has to do, I don’t have to tell him – he is really clever. He has done so many grand prix events in his life and it is a great feeling when he is like that. He has always been like that since he was born!” the Swedish athlete pointed out.Minderhoud meanwhile was reflecting this evening on his performance and on the possibility of making the Reem Acra title his own. “I know if I want to win then here is my chance” he said. “I was very happy with my ride today, my horse was very good super concentrated. We had a small thing with a pirouette but I rode him as I wanted to ride him. However Sunday is a new day and with the Swedish in the form they showed today then I have to give everything to make it happen! he added.Results1, Glock’s Flirt (Hans Peter Minderhoud) NED 76.871; 2, Don Auriello (Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven) SWE 76.500; 3, Watermill Scandic (Patrik Kittel) SWE 76.400; 4, Unee BB (Jessica von Bredow-Werndl) GER 75.257; 5, Donnperignon (Anna Kasprzak) DEN 74.729; 6, Mister X (Inessa Merkulova) RUS 73.957; 7, D’Agostino FRH (Fabienne Lutkemeier) GER 73.741; 8, Jojo AZ (Agnete Thinggaard) DEN 73.343; 9, Vancouver K (Judy Reynolds) IRL 73.000; 10, Smeyers Molberg (Marcela Krinke Susmelj) SUI 72.343; 11, Kastel’s Nintendo (Charlotte Jorst) USA 71.114; 12, Sandro Boy (Lyndal Oatley) AUS 70.943; 13, Rubicon D (Beata Stremler) POL 70.371; 14, Miata (Emilie Nyrerod) SWE 69.800; 14, Zero Gravity (Gunter Seidel) USA 69.800; 16, Umbro (Mary Hanna) AUS 67.929; 17, Axis TSF (Terhi Stegars) FIN 67.114; 18, Kartsevo Upperville) RUS 66.886.Full result here Tags: Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage, Email*
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The Barbados-based Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) says while some parts of the Caribbean have been receiving below normal rainfall in the past few months, there are concerns for short term drought situations only in St. Lucia and the Bahamas.It said shorter term drought is seen in northern Belize, St. Lucia and Tobago and that long-term drought situation, by end of November this year, is evolving in northern Belize.The bulletin notes that during the period July to August this year, apart from Barbados that was slightly dry to moderately wet, and Trinidad that was slightly dry to moderately wet, rainfall totals in the islands of the eastern Caribbean were normal to below normal for the three-month period.It said Tobago ranged from exceptionally dry in the west to normal in the east; Grenada, Antigua and St. Kitts normal; St. Vincent extremely dry; St. Lucia extreme to exceptionally dry from north to south; Martinique moderate to severely dry.According to the Barbados-based organization, Dominica experienced normal to moderately dry rainfall; Guadeloupe normal to severely dry; and St. Maarten moderately dry.“Conditions in the Guianas ranged from exceptionally wet in northern Guyana to normal in eastern Guyana, across northern Suriname into western French Guiana. Aruba was moderately dry, but Curacao normal. Apart from in the west that was slightly dry, Puerto Rico was normal; but Hispaniola ranged from extremely dry in the south to normal in the east and northwest.“Conditions in Jamaica ranged from extremely dry in the northwest to slightly wet in the east, while Grand Cayman was normal. Cuba and northern Bahamas ranged from normal to moderately dry. Belize was normal in the south to severely dry in the northwest,” it added.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Martina Hingis can’t recall the first time she faced Silva Farina Elia of Italy. Not because Hingis lost 6-3, 6-1, but because it happened in 1996 and the current No. 4 player in the world was only 15-years-old.“I lost to Farina?” Hingis, 21, said seemingly shocked. “Well, obviously, I don’t remember that. . . . Was I supposed to win at that tournament?” Maybe not, but in front of 8,183 fans at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Saturday, fan-favorite Hingis answered expectations with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Farina Elia in the Toray Pan Pacific Open semifinals.Hingis, the top seed who has advanced to the Toray final six straight years, will look to clinch her third title in four attempts Sunday, against Monica Seles. Third-seeded Seles advanced to her first Pan Pacific final after ousting Anna Kournikova in the other semifinal match 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.“I always have a great feeling when I play here. I’ve had some success in the past and the fans here always seem to be behind me,” said Hingis, who finished runnerup to Jennifer Capriati in the Australian Open last month.Hingis outplayed Farina Elia by grinding out aggressive approach shots and keeping the Italian on the baseline. Farina Elia showed some life in the second game, hanging in for six deuces, and late in the second set, when she took a 4-3 lead after winning three straight games.But Hingis stole the following three games and only needed a mere hour for the match — the first set taking just 25 minutes. “I was rushed,” Farina Elia said. “The way she plays, she is rushing a lot, so I couldn’t think too much.“Basically, (Hingis’) game is there — physically and mentally. She’s the champion.”For the second straight day, Seles struggled, but neutralized Kournikova’s power in the third set with accurate shot selection.Seles, who pulled out a 7-6 (11-9), 7-6 (11-9) win against Alexandra Stevenson on Friday, took the final three games — including eight of the last nine points. “I’m just happy to really pull through both of those matches because they were very, very close,” Seles said.Kournikova’s ranking has slipped to No. 99 after sitting out eight months last year with a stress fracture in her left foot. The Russian starlet said her game was gradually returning to form and she hopes to reach the top 20 soon.“I can’t say where I belong because I’m ranked 99,” said Kournikova, who reached as high as No. 8 last year. “Time will tell and tournaments will tell. I’m really happy that finally I’m starting to find my form.” GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES