5-year olds: Royal Prince and Sir Sinclair
The United States Equestrian Federation has announced the short list of combinations for the 2004 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, July 9-11, 2004. Though the short lists includes 8 combinations, each country can only send two horses per age class.
The 5-year olds representing the United States in Germany will be Hilltop Farm's Royal Prince and Iron Spring Farm's Sir Sinclair. Both horses competed last weekend in the East Coast Finals at the ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Dressage Show in Allentown, New Jersey. Royal Prince, a Hanoverian stallion by Rohdiamant x Prince Tatch xx, won the Finals under Susanne Owen Hassler with 9.82 score. KWPN licensed stallion Sir Sinclair (Lord Sinclair x Flemmingh) and Dorie Addy Crow placed second with an 8.98 mark.
Royal Prince and Sir Sinclair will be travelling to Europe together. Susanne Hassler and Dorie Addy Crow will be training the horses with Michael Klimke and Dr. Ulf Möller in preparation of the Championships.
"Sir Sinclair & Dorie will fly to Europe around June 23rd," Iron Spring Farm manager Meghan de Garay said. Sir Sinclair's owner, Mary Alica Malone of Iron Spring Farm was a bit reluctant to send her horse to Europe, as he's in the middle of his breeding season and ISF did not want to disappoint its clients. Therefore, ISF decided to prolong to extend Sir Sinclair's breeding duties. "Right now it looks like Sir Sinclair will not be available for breeding from June 23rd until he returns to the US around July 15th and he will be available for breeding again on July 19 th 2004. We will extend Sir Sinclair's breeding season from July 30th to August 13th, 2004."
6-year olds: Bugatti Hilltop and Contester
The two top placing American 6-year olds are Bugatti Hilltop and Contester. The black Hanoverian stallion Bugatti (Bergamon x Rubinstein x Donnerhall) is owned by Hilltop Farm and competed by Michael Klimke in Europe. Klimke qualified the black at the very first Bundeschampionate qualification show in Bremen, where the pair scored an 8.8 and 8.3, averaging an 8.55 mark, the highest for an American owned 6-year old.
The bay Holsteiner stallion Contester in the second nominated American 6-year old for Verden. Contester is bred by Charlottenhof in Germany, owned by ADARA partners and standing at stud at Willy Arts' DG Bar Ranch in California. 1998 silver medal winning young rider Nicole Perry has steered the impressive bay stallion to an average 7.62 score in the West Coast Young Horse Selection Trials. Contester is by Contender x Lancetto and was Reserve Champion at the 2003 Dressage at Devon Breed Show in Devon, PA.
Horsesdaily Scoresource: 2004 ESDCTA Memorial Weekend Dressage Show
Eurodressage: American Horses for '04 World Young Horse Championships
Dressagedaily: Dorie Addy-Crow and Sir Sinclair Excel in Florida
USEF: Short List American Horses for 2004 World Championships (pdf file)