Bronze medal for Andreas and Fiontini

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Picture: Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaard's Cassidy claim gold, Carina Cassøe Krüth and Heiline's Danciera claim silver and Andreas Helgstrand and Fiontini claim bronze at the 2020 Danish Championships for senior. 

It was absolute nostalgia, as Andreas rode his freestyle at the Danish Championships, that was held at the impressive stadium by Helgstrand Academy in Uggerhalne. This freestyle was not just any freestyle – in fact Andreas chose the one that led him and Blue Hors Matiné to the silver medal at the World Championships in Aachen, back in 2006.

- Blue Hors Matiné has always had a very special place in my heart, but I’m being more and more amazed by this wonderful mare – the same way I was by Matiné. Our partnership is still rather new and it takes a lot of training to reach the level of which Matiné end I ended our journey. But we’re slowly getting there, and I’m enjoying being back at this level again, Andreas tells.

Andreas and Finotini (Fassbinder/Romanov, bred by HH Horses) reached a 3rd place in the opening Grand Prix – a top level ride left them with the score 74,62%. It was clear to see, that Fiontini is a master of the difficult exercises, but just needs a little more strength and experience to reach the top level grades. Especially her scopey movements leading to a piaffe and passage of absolute top quality as well as her extended trot resulted in impressive grading.

In the final, the atmosphere was outstanding and despite the fact that COVID-19 had led to a huge decrease in the amount of guests, the 300 spectators managed to create a pleasing atmosphere for the riders to perform under. Thereby the riders could enjoy impressive applause after every ride. Andreas had composed a freestyle of technical difficulty – immediately after the centerline halt came a double pirouette followed by one-tempis and an additional double pirouette – as well came several difficult transitions from passage to extended trot and also two-tempis on bended track and many more demanding exercises. Overall a freestyle with magical moments giving lots of hope for the future and their wish for a spot at the Olympics.

The freestyle was won by Cathrine Dufour and Atterupgaards Cassidy with 87,925 %, Carina Cassøe Krüth and Heilines Danciera received the silver medal with their 82,45 %, while Andreas and Fiontini achieved 78,25 % and the bronze medal.

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