Dressage Euro Updates - Sunshine Tour, Edward Gal, German Jumper Vet Crossing Over

This week's Euro Update talks about Jordi Domingo's glorious Sunshine Tour conquest, German team veterinarian Björn Nolting resigning as show jumper vet but staying on as dressage vet and Edward Gal becoming the new Dutch Indoor Grand Prix champion with his new star Totilas.

Jordi Domingo Dominates 2009 Sunshine Tour CDI

The 2009 Sunshine Tour CDI has come to a close. One rider stood out in particular during those three weeks of competition at Montenmedio Equestrian Centre in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, and that is Spanish Jordi Domingo. The Spanish Olympic team rider won all Grand Prix classes he had entered in with his Dutch warmblood bred Prestige.

On the final week of competition, Domingo pulled two winning moves in the Grand Prix and Kur to Music. He scored 70,085% in the Grand Prix and 75,00% in the freestyle. His black Ferro offspring, bred by the late Adriaan van de Goor, seems to have come of age since he's been gelded as the horse is showing more relaxation in the show ring.

British Olympic team reserve rider Maria Eilberg continued her tremendous form during the third week of the Sunshine Tour. She continued to prove unbeatable in the owner junior prelim classes with Lynne Crowden’s 16.3hh seven-year-old stallion Woodlander Rockstar. They won a further three classes, bringing their tour tally to nine wins.

In addition, she repeated the previous week’s result with her father Ferdi’s 15-year-old 16.2hh bay German-bred gelding Two Sox by taking the runner-up slot in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle.

Ferdi, who is also Maria’s trainer, said: “I am extremely pleased with Maria’s results on all three horses [her third ride was Pro-Set] as it is quite an achievement for a rider to sustain that level of attention and concentration for three consecutive weeks, sometimes from a Tuesday through to a Sunday.

“As the weather conditions were not ideal with the high winds, it was also a bit of a juggling act to balance the amount of work we gave the horses with keeping enough in the tank for the whole tour. I was therefore also extremely pleased with the horses as they all coped really well with the situation and stayed mentally so good.”

View Scores: http://www.eurodressage.com/scores/2009/sst_week3.html
View Photo Report: http://www.eurodressage.com/reports/shows/2009/mar_sst-photo.html

German Team Vet Björn Nolting Says Bye Bye to Jumpers

The official German Team veterinarian Dr. Björn Nolting has announced that he will only be treating and supervising the German dressage horses in the future. With this statement, he ended his twenty-year career as team vet of the German show jumping horses.

In 1990, Nolting was appointed German team vet following the show jumping team closely at all international championships. However, the major doping affairs in the German Jumping team at the 2004 Olympic Games (Goldfever/Ludger Beerbaum) and 2008 Olympic Games (Cöster/Christian Ahlmann) made Nolting decide to call it quits. He will continue with the medical care of the dressage horses, which he took up in 2000.

Nolting will stay in function as jumper vet until the 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

Gal and Wonder Horse Totilas, 2009 Dutch Indoor Grand Prix Champions

Edward Gal and his new wonder horse Totilas, a KWPN bred stallion by Gribaldi x Glendale, became the 2009 Dutch Indoor Grand Prix Champions.  The other Indoor Champions of the year are Angela Krooswijk, Emmelie Scholtens and Richelle Ter Haak.

The Dutch Indoor Grand Prix Championship consisted of two rounds, the Grand Prix and the Kur to Music. Edward Gal and Totilas  were untouchable for the other riders. In the Grand Prix, the duo scored 77,80% and in the kur to music they got 82,92%. Their total average of 80,36% is a mark hard to achieve by any high quality combination. Jeanette Haazen and her huge bay gelding Nartan (by Jazz x Le Faquin xx) made a brave attempt to near that mark. With 69,93% in the Grand Prix and 76,25% in the Kur, they averaged 73,09%, good to become the reserve champions. Kirsten Beckers and the legendary breeding stallion Jazz (by Cocktail) finished third.

At small tour level, 25-year old Richelle Ter Haak and her stallion Lest Best confirmed their excellent form by winning the Prix St Georges, Intermediare 1 and Intermediaire I Kur to Music. Aboard Nathalie van der Eijkern's 16-year old Dutch warmblood stallion Lest Best V (by Damiro x Ghyll Manor) Ter Haak scored impressive, winning marks of 74,58%, 67,11% and 71,40% for her well executed tests. Her average total was 71,03%. Sponsored by her father, the former young rider Ter Haak runs a small dressage stable of 14 horses in total of which 8 are in training. She trains regularly with Jurgen and Christoph Koschel.

At ZZ-licht level (comparable to the U.S. Third/Fourth level), Dutch junior rider Angela Krooswijk was unbeatable aboard Coby van Baalen and Johann Hinnemann's Westfalian licensed stallion Roman Nature (by Rohdiamant). Krooswijk scored 71,67% in the final kur to music after having won the first two rounds with 68,48 and 70,69%. Her average score totalled 70,28% which put her more than two percent ahead of Tommie Visser on Santodomingo (by Krack C).

At ZZ-Zwaar level (Fourth level) Christa Laarakkers' in-house rider Emmelie Scholtens reigned aboard the dark bay Dutch warmblood stallion Uphill (by Oscar). She won all three test with upper sixties scores. In the Kur to Music, the combination even breached the 70% barrier and got 70;58% frolm the judges. Her average total was 69,67. The ZZ-Zwaar reserve champion is Dutch team young rider Michelle van Lanen aboard the 19-year old Incredible (by Voltaire x Pericles xx).

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