At the 2000 Bundeschampionate, the German Young Horse Championships, the Oldenburger stallion Royal Diamond (by Rubinstein I) and the Hanoverian gelding Placido (by Prestige Pilot) became the 6- and 5-year-old German Young Horse Dressage Champions. The event, hosted at the Warendorf Equestrian Center from 1st to 3rd September 2000, drew more than 30,000 people even though it rained full blast throughout the weekend.
It was the American Lisa Wilcox on Royal Diamond who was the most consistent in the three tests. The very well trained Rubinstein I-get missed a bit of the grandeur an international star would need, but her horse was technically the best ridden in the group. In the five-year-old division, Dr Ulf Mšller scored the highest on Parry Thomas' Placido. With a royal 9.8 score, he left Oldenburg Ronaldo (by Rohdiamant) under Susanne Miesner behind him.
Best four-year-olds were Los Lagos (by Le Coeur) in the mare class and the Trakehner Latimer (by Saint Cloud) in the stallion class. The horses, which actually impressed the most at the Bundeschampionate, were the three-year-olds. In the mare and gelding class, Poetin, a Brandenburg registered Sandro Hit mare, excelled in her basic gaits and forced all other competitors on their knees by her sheer brilliance. Poetin was ridden by Hans Heinrich Meyer zu Strohen. Best 3-year-old stallion was undoubtedly Davidoff E. Ridden by Heinz Jorg WŠchter and owned by Ann Kathrin Ehlen, Davidoff E received a 10 from guest judge Susanne Miesner, who predicts a great future for this Oldenburg Don Gregory stallion.
Text by Astrid Appels
Complete Scores of the 2000 Bundeschampionate at Eurodressage.com
Image copyrighted: Steven Stegen of the Noordelijk Hippisch Persburo