Capellmann on form at Aachen

Germany’s Nadine Capellmann and Gracioso are clear winners in the CDI grand prix at Aachen

Nadine Capellmann and her former double European and World championship team gold medal horse, Gracioso gained a comfortable win in the grand prix (CDI tour) for the second year in succession.

The now 17-year-old showed he had lost none of his flair and still performs his trade-mark exemplary piaffe and passage with immaculate precision and rhythm.

Germany dominated the competition but it was British rider Emile Faurie who prevented a clean sweep from the host nation finishing in eighth place with Dr Bechtolsheimer’s 12-year-old gelding Insterburg.

The combination gained over 68% and finished ahead of last year’s Hickstead winners Wolfram Wittig and Breitling W (10th), Dutch riders Anky van Grunsven and Gestion Krack C (11th) and Gonnelien Rothenberger and Leonardo De Vinci (12th).

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