Casey Dornan and Le Charmeur: Bombastic at Balve CDI****
Heather Blitz and Otto: Breakthrough!
Balve, Germany. Casey Dornan and Le Carmeur, an 8 year old gelding by Lord Sinclair, impressed the judges at their international debut at the Balve CDI**** in Germany. Dornan, 30 yrs old and originally from South Haven, Michigan, moved to Germany in 1997 to train with Catherine Haddad. She has placed with numerous mounts up to Intermediaire I in national shows.
Encouraged by Haddad, Dornan recently applied for permission to start internationally in the small tour for the United States. Her first start was at Balve, June 7-10.
“Casey has been scoring consistently at this level with Le Charmeur for over one year now. This is a young horse of exceptional quality so I wanted her to make the leap into international competition,” said Haddad. “Both horse and rider stepped up to the plate and hit a home run. I was probably the only one at the show who was not surprised by their results.”
Scoring over 70% in the Prix St. George on their first trip down the centerline last weekend, Dornan and her expressive, classically correct gelding secured second place in the test. Saturday’s ride was even more convincing in its pleasing fluidity—the pair showing grace and power in extended trots, total straightness in the flying changes and absolute confidence throughout the test. Over 71% earned Dornan another second place in the Intermediaire I.
Dornan commented after the Intermediaire I: “That was one of the best feelings I’ve had in a test. I’m really, really pleased with the willingness and energy that ‘Murray’ put into the work today. And this weekend is the first time we scored over 70%. We did it TWICE! I couldn’t be happier.”
The arena at Balve can cause distractions for some of the younger horses. But the footing is excellent and the general atmosphere fantastic for a summer show.
Oppressive temperatures this year added a bit of stress for the competitors and spectators alike, and dogs. here is Catherine hadda's corgi Gizmo panting in the heat.
Photos: Barbara Schnell
Prix St Georges - CDI
- 1. Dorothee Schneider - Kaiserkult TSF - 72.350 % (Germany)
- 2. Casey Dornan - Le Charmeur - 70.500 % (USA)
- 3. Insa Hansen - Weissager - 69.450 % (Germany)
- 4. Falk Rosenbauer - Look alike - 67.000 % (Germany)
- 5. Anouk Vlaar - Opale - 66.900 % (Holland)
- 6. Matthias Alexander Rath - Fitou E - 65.900 % (Germany)
- 7. Ann Serrao - Weltsohn - 64.950 % (Australia)
- 8. Esther Albers Fleury - Nasty Boy - 64.200 % (Holland)
- 9. Hayley Beresford - Relampago de Retiro - 64.050 % (Australia)
- 10. Peter John Weston - Desperado - 63.550 % (Australia)
- 11. Bianca Kasselmann - Destination - 63.300 % (Germany)
- 12. Falk Rosenbauer - K2 - 62.700 % (Germany)
- 13. Diana van der Spek - Mister DS - 61.450 % (Holland)
- 14. Alexandra Freimuth - Rock Star - 60.800 % (Germany)
- 15. Quzandria Nur - Lewes - 57.900 % (Malaysia)
Heather Blitz and Otto Have A Break Through
In Grand Prix competition, Heather Blitz rode Otto to a score over 66% on Friday, qualifying for the Grand Prix Special on Saturday. Otto, an 11 year old Danish gelding, has developed slowly since his first starts last fall with some inconsistencies to be expected from a young Grand Prix horse. But he showed new maturity in Balve, putting in a consistent Grand Prix with only one or two minor problems.
Blitz, short listed for Aachen last summer with her older mount, Arabella, has put a lot of time and energy into Otto’s development over the winter and spring. Improvements in his piaffe/passage tour, flying changes and excellent walk all contributed to a conservative but acceptable score from the judges.
In the Grand Prix Special on Saturday, Blitz put in another accurate ride for even better marks with over 68% and a fourth place finish. “Otto is getting better every time he goes down the centerline. I’ve been working really hard on keeping the connection steady throughout the test and I had a great feeling in the Special. Piaffe out of the walk was easy this time around and both canter pirouettes were much better.”
Blitz, in her characteristically unflappable manner, piloted the still young Danish Warmblood through both days without major mistakes at one of the most hotly contested international shows of the season. A just reward for a job well done!
- 1. Nadine Capellmann - Elvis VA - 77.958 % (Germany)
- 2. Hubertus Schmidt - Wansuela suerte - 76.167 % (Germany)
- 3. Ellen Schulten Baumer - Donatha S - 73.292 % (Germany)
- 4. Klaus Husenbeth - Piccolino - 72.917 % (Germany)
- 5. Jonny Hilberath - Fariano - 71.875 % (Germany)
- 6. Laura Bechtolsheimer - Mistral Hojris - 71.333 % (England)
- 7. Hubertus Schmidt - Dow Jones - 70.917 % (Germany)
- 8. Anna Ross Davies - Liebling II - 70.250 % (England)
- 9. Nathalie Zu Saeyn Wittgenstein - Digby - 70.208 % (Denmark)
- 10. Ellen Schulten Baumer - Weltino - 69.458 % (Germany)
- 11. Klaus Husenbeth - Riverdance - 68.167 % (Germany)
- 12. Jochen Vetters - Fanano - 67.542 % (Germany)
- 12. Sonja Bolz - Cockney - 67.542 % (Germany)
- 14. David Engelen - Artic's Rosantica - 67.417 % (Belgium)
- 15. Holga Finken - Wunschtraum - 67.125 % (Germany)
- 16. Anabel Balkenhol - Easy Win - 67.000 % (Germany)
- 17. Bianca Kasselmann - Forum Zwei - 66.917 % (Germany)
- 18. Jeanette Haazen - Nartan - 66.792 % (Holland)
- 19. Laura Bechtolsheimer - Douglas Dorsey - 66.625 % (England)
- 20. Heather Blitz - Otto - 66.250 % (USA)
- 21. Bianca Kasselmann - Di Caprio - 66.000 % (Germany)
- 22. Juan Perez - Negresco - 65.833 % (Spain)
- 23. Hiroyuki Kitahara - Why Me - 65.792 % (Japan)
- 24. Rachel Sanna - Chatham Park Jac - 64.583 % (Australia)
- 25. Jeanette Haazen - Ainsley's Quicksilver - 64.542 % (Holland)
- 26. Insa Hansen - Weltclassiker - 64.000 % (Germany)
- 27. Kelly Layne - Neversfelde Feuer - 63.542 % (Australia)
- 28. Catherine Haddad - Cadillac - 63.083 % (USA)
- 29. Hiroyiki Kitahara - Caballero - 61.292 % (Japan)
- 30. Marion Wiebusch - Gilmore - 60.708 % (Germany)
- Peter John Weston - Winslow - RET