Robert Dover and New Tango, the five year old KWPN gelding by Contango owned by his student Tara Stegen made it to the final for the World Championships for Young Horses to be held today Sunday, June 25, 2000, in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Dover who worked for the PSI sales as an auction rider early in his career rode the youngster only three times before the competition began.
This is the first time America has been represented in this FEI competition, which is rapidly gaining momentum in the international sport horse world. In a large field of entries the top placed 15 horse and rider combinations qualify for the final after two tests. Due to a three-way tie for 14th place the class will have 17 starters.
While the other entry from the United States Heather Bender's Winwood by Wonderful had a tough go during her second test. In spite of this however, the judges comments, which are made while the rider leaves the arena, acknowledged the talent and quality of her young horse who just recently turned five-years-old. She was not the only entry unable to show top potential, which was affected by the cold, windy and rainy weather. Dr. Ulf Moeller and the Hannoverian, Placido by Prestige Pilot in first place after the first test had several explosive moments as well, but their average was high enough to appear again in the final.