Sign in to your account
Forgot / Reset Password? Click here
Not registered with The Irish Field? Register now to read 5 Field+ articles for FREE
Just one final step...
You must confirm your email address by clicking on the link we’ve sent to your email address.
You are only one short step away from reading 5 free Field+ articles.
DRESSAGE: Merveldt fourth in Achleiten Grand Prix Special
Register now to read five Field + articles
for free per month.
Only takes a second!
Already registered with The Irish Field? Sign in
By registering an account you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
DRESSAGE: Merveldt fourth in Achleiten Grand Prix Special
on 05 August 2020
Ireland's Anna Merveldt and Esporim continued their brilliant run of form by taking fourth in today's CDI4* Grand Prix Special in Austria

IRISH dressage rider Anna Merveldt and the 11-year-old stallion Esporim continued their brilliant recent run of form, by taking an impressive fourth place finish in this morning’s (Sunday) CDI4* Grand Prix Special at Achleiten in Austria.

A personal best score as a pairing in Grand Prix Special of 71.426% for Merveldt and Esporim saw them finish narrowly behind third place finisher Florian Bacher (AUS) with Fidertraum (72.872%). Second place went to another Austrian rider, Victoria Max-Theurer and Abegglen NRW (77.702%), while victory went to six-time Olympic Gold medallist, Germany’s Isabel Werth with DSP Quantaz on a score of 80.149%.

Werth completed a big tour four-timer in Achleiten, winning the Grand Prix Special with DSP Quantaz to add to their Grand Prix win on Friday. Werth also won the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Kür (Freestyle to Music) classes with Emilio 107.

Anna Merveldt represented Ireland at the London Olympics in 2012 and was part of the Irish team that has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. In recent weeks Merveldt and Esporim have recorded a string of top-four placings at international Grand Prix level across Europe.

Supportive owners

Merveldt's 11-year-old Lusitano stallion Esporim is owned by Mario Greco, Giovanna Mazza, Merveldt's sister Lorli Higgins and her brother-in-law Michael.

Sources: Horse Sport Ireland press release and Paul Nolan press release

Related tags
Get full unlimited access to our content and archive.
Subscribe to The Irish Field
Unlimited access to The Irish Field via your computer, mobile device, tablet or newspaper delivered to your door.
Already a subscriber? Sign in