The American short listed WEG riders are currently training and competing in Europe as final prepartion for the 2006 World Equestrian Games. Debbie McDonald is spearheading the provisional U.S. WEG team by reigning supreme at the national German show in Elmlohe.
McDonald and Perry Thomas' Hanoverian mare Brentina (by Brentano II x Lungau) won the Grand Prix with a staggering 76.41%. Guenter Seidel and Aragon (by Abydos) came in second with 71.79%. Though McDonald only opted to ride the Grand Prix, Seidel went on to win the Grand Prix Special in Elmlohe with 1829 points. Catherine Haddad and Maximus JSS (by May Sherif) finished third in the Grand Prix (69.75%) and second in the Special (1802 points).
Leslie Morse decided to use her USET grant to train with Kyra Kyrklund in England before joining the other team riders at the U.S. headquarters of Klaus Balkenhol in Rosendahl, Germany. The Californian Morse competed in the Grand Prix at the CDI Hickstead and placed second with 69.458%. She did not ride the Kur to Music.
The CDIO Hickstead was dominated by Dutch team rider Laurens van Lieren on Hexagon's Olright (by Rubiquil). Van Lieren won the Grand Prix, Special and Kur to Music and left Dutch rider Kirsten Beckers and Briton Wayne Channon behind him.
Lydia Camp and Team Germany Win 2006 European Pony Championships
The German Pony team has continued its yearlong string of success, being the undefeatable pony team at the European Pony Championships. At the 2006 Europeans in Saumur, the three German team riders landed place one to three. Holland wins silver, Denmark bronze. Great Britain placed fourth. German Pony rider Lydia Camp has won the Individual Championship at the 2006 Europeans. Aboard Dulcia, she scored a gigantic 77.30% and claimed the individual gold medal. Louisa Luttgen wins silver and Angela Krooswijk gets bronze. Sanneke Rothenberger was unable to hold her second position. She dropped to a fifth place after two major spooks in her individual test.
Emma Hindle Tops the Leader Board at the CDI Fritzens
British team rider Emma Hindle has dominated the Grand Prix Special tour at the CDI Fritzens in Austria. Aboard the Hanoverian licensed stallion Lancet (by Wenzel x Shogun xx), Hindle won the Grand Prix with 69.542% and aced the Special with 70.480%.
The CDI Fritzens was the final selection trial for the Austrian short listed WEG riders. The Austrian Equestrian Federation announced the Austrian team right after the show. Nominated for the team are Victoria Max-Theurer with Falcao, Nina Stadlinger with Egalité, Caroline Kottas-Heldenberg with Exupéry, and Evelyn Haim-Swarovski with Chopin.
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