She already captivated and enchanted as World Champion of five-year-old dressage horses last year, and she has lost nothing of her charm: Woodlander Farouche, the six-year-old chestnut mare by Fürst Heinrich – Dimaggio, who was honoured with scores between 8.9 and 9.8 in the qualification for the World Breeding Dressage Championships of Young Horses one year after her stunning success in Verden. There was applause thunderous after Michael George Eilberg from Great Britain finished his presentation in the international dressage horse ability competition.
"She has three outstanding basic gaits," Eilberg enthusiastically said "And besides, she has such a wonderful personality." Farouche's quality of movement is still extraordinary, and this was also the opinion of the judges in Verden. The mare, bred and owned by Lynne Crowden, earned the highest score of 9.8 for her walk, 9.5 for canter, 9.4 for trot, 8.9 for submissiveness and 9.5 for overall impression. But Michael George Eilberg stays humble and modest when thinking about the Final: "Should I repeat today's performances, I would be satisfied.."
The Dutch stallion Borencio by Florencio I – Sinclair I finished second with a final score of 9.16. Emmelie Scholtens (Netherlands) who had already presented World Champions in Verden before, presented the stallion she also owns herself. The bay stallion got his best mark of 9.6 for his walk.
The bay mare Novia by Stedinger – Alabaster, bred in Bavaria, took third place. She was presented by Victoria Michalke from Munich, scoring 9.3 for submissiveness, the best mark of the day in this category. Novia achieved a final score of 8.74.
Fourth place went to a Westphalian and a KWPN-stallion: To the stallion Sunday NRW by Sandro Hit – Donnerhall who cannot deny his Oldenburg relatives and who was ridden by Anja Wilimzig (Milte-Sassenberg), and to Bordeaux, a Dutch-branded son by the Trakehnen stallion Gribaldi, presented by Eva Möller (Hagen a.T.W.).
34 horses from 13 different nations in total competed in the qualification for the WC-Final of six-year-old horses, and they attracted again crowds of spectators – Woodlander Farouche was certainly the number one attraction as the mare already shined at the World Championships in 2011.
Small Final 5-year-old Dressage horses
1 Alizee Froment - Di Magic OLD 8.7
2 Mirelle van Kemenade-Witlox - Decor Cachet L 8.46
3 Emmelie Scholtens - Charmeur 8.4
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The World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses are broadcasted with FEI-TV live under www.feitv.org. Horse enthusiasts in Germany can watch the Championships at ClipMyHorse.TV under www.clipmyhorse.tv. And not only this – the dressage competitions in the Grand Prix-arena will be shown, too, as well as the jumper classes in the stadium on Saturday.