The seventh WC™ event in the Holstenhalle in Neumünster marked real brilliance in the winning test of Isabell Werth on Satchmo. It brought excitement for a record score of the World Cup™ Season so far. “I have never seen Satchmo this good before”, said the chair of the judges Mariette Withages-Dieltjens.
The Olympic individual silver medallist Isabell Werth agreed with that. She said: “I already was happy with the behaviour of Satchie in Grand Prix yesterday while he showed relaxation and happiness in the arena. Read on to see what American continues to gain strength on European ground, and to view full results.
The Holstenhalle in Neumünster is small and has a special atmosphere. It’s never a certainty how the reaction of your horse will be. Today in the Freestyle the atmosphere with all horse loving people from the region again was top and so was Satchmo. He really enjoyed himself while performing and simply did his job without one single mistake or wrong reaction!”. Chair Mariette Withages rewarded Satchmo for one of the half passes in canter with the ultimate ten and she gave a lot of eights and nines.
Isabell Werth and Satchmo were rewarded with nines and the ultimate ten for their half passes and did their best Freestyle performance ever according to Mariette Withages and Wim Ernes Picture Karl
Another ultimate ten was given for the piaffe of the 19 year old grey Balagur showed by Russian Alexandra Korelova. The willingness and eagerness of the former police horse Balagur to perform is amazing! Not a single mistake occurred in doing so, taking the runner up position. Alexandra Korelova and Balagur even bet their trainer Monica Theodorescu aboard Whisper. Whisper is getting stronger and it seems his piaffe is improving too. The pleasant test was rewarded with third position.
Another ultimate ten was given for the piaffe of the 19 year old grey Balagur showed by Russian Alexandra Korelova Picture Ken Braddick
British Laura Bechtolsheimer did a wonderful test with her talented Mistral Hojris but mistakes in the one tempi changes and two tempi changes and a lack of relaxation in the final halt cost her some points.
Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein had made her mistakes in Grand Prix yet, thus receiving one of the first starting positions. It was her turn to improve in the Freestyle. She rode the Freestyle test without mistakes although it could have been a bit more powerful. She improved her Amsterdam-results and was rewarded with some valuable points for the standings.
Jeannette Haazen had to withdraw from competing as family circumstances left her home.
Tension is Building Up Towards the World Cup Final
A very harmonious test was showed by American Catherine Haddad on Maximus. She was the second competitor to come in. The crowd really went crazy, understanding the theme and clapping and yelling for Maximus. He now performed his movements without mistakes on the filmic music of the Gladiator about emperor Maximus. She improved her results from Mechelen and Amsterdam and therefore took some valuable World Cup™ points as well. It was the more remarkable as in Neumünster Haddad also won the other Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special on Cadillac. “This is one of my bigger weekends in Europe!”, the American rider said who made the German Vechta to her home. Catherine Haddad recently has signed with Schockemöhle Sports to extend their sponsoring contract for 2009. Schockemöhle Sports has sponsored Haddad since 2007 and produces its own line of riding clothes, bridles, saddles, rugs and much more. In her turn Haddad will assist in the development of new products through intensive testing and will offer feedback on the developing product line.
Franz Schockemöhle, manager of Schockemöhle sports, is the nephew of Paul Schockemöhle. This year Schockemöhle and his part6ner Ullrich Kassellmann also took over the reigns from the Neumünster organisers. The new commitments coming nicely together hardly can be a coincidence.
“I’m hoping a big future with all my horses and it’s a great honour for me to have the support of Schockemöhle Sports as a sponsor and immediately doing so well”, Haddad said. She has set her heart on competing in the final in Las Vegas. Her schedule includes this week’s Gothenburg Horseshow where she will show Cadillac in the World Cup™ qualifier.
To meet the criteria of the reglement which include two WC starts Anky van Grunsven and IPS Salinero will travel to Gothenburg as well to ride this show, as well as the last European Qualifier in s’-Hertogenbosch in March. Isabell Werth has chosen to compete in Bremen, Dortmund and the last qualifier in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, after which she will make the decision which horse to bring to Las Vegas. The gambling metropolis is the host of the World Cup Finals Show Jumping and Dressage in April.
Werth gave her World Cup Final 2007 winning mount, Warum Nicht FRH, the weekend free: “I have ridden Satchmo at the World Cup shows where the arenas are smaller, such as Frankfurt and here, because the arena in Las Vegas is also small”, she explained. Plenty of sport also brought plenty of spectators to the VR Classics in the Holstenhalle. Alone during the day there were 4,100 visitors for the competitions in Neumunster and in the evening there were approximately 5,000 who strolled through the Holstenhalle and adjacent exhibition and warm-up areas. “I have to add, after Neumünster today Satchie is already half boarded!”, Isabell smiled.
Standings after seven of nine competitions in the Western European League:
1. Isabell WERTH GER 80
2. Hans Peter MINDERHOUD NED 68
3. Adelinde CORNELISSEN NED 60
4. Monica THEODORESCU GER 57
5. Jeannette HAAZEN NED 54
6. Christa LAARAKKERS NED 42
7. Catherine HADDAD USA 41
8. Stefan VAN INGELGEM BEL 39
8. Nathalie ZU SAYN WITTGENSTEIN DEN 39
10. Laura BECHTOLSHEIMER GBR 38
10. Heike KEMMER GER 38
12. Jan BRINK SWE 37