Memorable Moment #7: 2005 FEI Dressage World Cup Champion Anky van Grunsven of The Netherlands
The pair was lying in second place after their Grand Prix test which scored 78.00% on the first day of competition
Las Vegas, Nevada ? Thomas & Mack Center -
The 2005 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas were historic. It was the first time that both the Dressage and Jumping Finals were held together at the same venue. In addition, Anky van Grunsven of The Netherlands, at the time already a five-time Olympic veteran with two gold and four silver medals to her credit, also made history that year.
Anky won the 2005 FEI Dressage World Cup Final for a record seventh time, having previously won the championship in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2004. In Las Vegas, she contested the Final aboard Keltec Salinero, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding, the same horse with whom she’d won the year before.
The pair was lying in second place after their Grand Prix test which scored 78.00% on the first day of competition. On the second day, the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music (formerly known as the Grand Prix Kur) Anky and Salinero really turned up the heat in front of the sold-out audience of nearly 12,000. The duo scored 86.725% for their stunning performance, which included four artistic scores in the 90s, to clinch the victory over her countryman Edward Gal who took second place on Geldnet Lingh with 85.225%. Debbie McDonald of the U.S. and Brentina, the 2003 World Cup Champions, took third place with 83.450% in a performance that many still consider one of the most memorable in dressage history.
Anky went on to win the FEI World Cup Finals again in 2006 and 2008 – both aboard Salinero – for an incredible total of nine World Cup titles – still the most of any rider in history!