Finnish Anna Tallberg and Grevens Zorro were victorious in Helsinki, taking the win in Dressage Grand Prix and thrilling the home crowd. The duo scored 68,782% in their first competition since the Europeans and Tallberg was satisfied with their performance.
“I’m very happy with today. It was my first big indoor arena show with this horse, and he is quite scared in places where he doesn’t have a lot of space. I wasn’t sure of how he was going to react, so my own goal was to keep him relaxed during the whole course and I think I succeeded in that. I had one mistake which was a shame and took my score down but overall, I’m happy with today”.
“This is the first Helsinki Horse Show for both of us and competing here is so much fun. And of course it’s always nice to win in front of the home crowd”, Tallberg commented after the competition.
Ahead of tomorrow’s Dressage Kür, Tallberg is feeling excited but also emotional. Her long-time coach from younger years, Mikaela “Fia” Fabricius-Bjerre, passed away in early 2023.
“Tomorrow I’ll ride my late coach’s Kür so I’m sure it’s going to be emotional. It is a quite easy program, which is why I chose it. My own Kür is very difficult and if Zorro is tense and nervous, we won’t be able to perform so well”, Tallberg said.
Other spots in the top three went to Sweden with Mads Hendeliowitz on Autograf Q placing second and Sofia Möller on Flawless taking the third place.
Dressage Grand Prix international dressage competition. Starts 8, placings 5.
1) Anna Tallberg – Grevens Zorro, FIN 68,782%
2) Mads Hendeliowitz – Autograf Q, SWE 68,761%
3) Sofia Möller – Flawless, SWE 68,022%
4) Dina Ellermann – Donna Anna, EST 67,435%
5) Dalia Katinaite-Pranckeviciene – Amica, LTU 65,261%