Yusuke Hasegawa became the new Japanese Grand Prix Championships at the All Japan Dressage Championships held in Gotemba, Japan, on 11 - 13 November 2022.
The event featured a big tour Championship as well as some small tour classes. For the National Championships the results of the Grand Prix and the freestyle were totalled.
Ten combinations competing in the Championship, but just two of them were current international team riders.
These team familiar faces did not saddle their top horses: last year's champion, 50-year old Kiichi Harada, rode his long-time equine partner, now 19-year old Egistar (by Cabochon x Kaiserstern xx) to finish fifth, while Shingo Hayashi saddled the 19-year old Polish warmblood Pavarotti (by Celt x Empik) to place seventh.
Olympic team horse Huracan (by Hotline x Don Schufro), shown in Tokyo by Hiroyuki Kitahara for owner Japan Racing Association, now contested the Nationals under new rider, Fumiyasy Nishiwaki. They were sixth
The Top Three
The winner and new national champion is Yusuke Hasegawa aboard Zingar Northside, an 18-year old Dutch warmblood by Gribaldi x Damocles. The pair was third in the Grand Prix with 65.370% and won the freestyle with 70.110 to achieve an overall winning total of 135.480 points. Hasegawa has only one CDI start on its record, the 2020 CDI Lier in Belgium, but on national level is gaining mileage on the schoolmaster.
The silver went to Naoko Hieda on the 12-year old Westfalian Fantastico (by Flanagan x Contini) who collected the same silver medal at last year's championships. The pair posted a winning 65.739% in the Grand Prix and placed second in the Kur with 69.220% to total 134.959 points.
The bronze was for Toshiya Kawabata on the 15-year old Westfalian Dynamic (by Diamond Hit x Florestan). They were second in the Grand Prix with 6(;(4"% and landed fourth place in the Kur with 68.590% to finish third overall with 134.133 points.
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Results - 2022 Japan Grand Prix Championships
- 1. Yusuke Hasegawa - Zingar Northside - 65,370 70,110 ---- 135,480
- 2. Naoko Hieda - Fantastico - 65,739 69,220 ---- 134,959
- 3. Toshiya Kawabata - Dynamic 18 - 65,543 68,590 ---- 134,133
- 4. Takumi Masumoto - Don Angelo - 69,090 ---- 133,633
- 5. Kiichi Harada - Egistar - 64,478 68,185 ---- 132,663
- 6. Fumiyasu Nishiwaki - Huracan - 64,870 67,020 ---- 131,890
- 7. Shingo Hayashi - Pavarotti - 65,696 66,080 ---- 131,776
- 8. Kazumasa Okada - Rochedou - 64,957 66,215 ---- 131,172
- 9. Rishiru Yasuda - Bernard U - 60,217 63,965 ---- 124,182
- Naomi Asanuma - Jubilon - 60,652 ---- R ---- ...
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