Former Olympic team gold medallist and European Dressage Champion Ulla Salzgeber has two new FEI horses at her disposal. Gisela Carstens offered Salzgeber the ride on the multi-champion Wanesco, who was previously competed at Intermediaire I level by Holga Finken. The chestnut Hanoverian gelding Wanesco (Weltmeyer x Werther) sold to Carstens in May 2005 and the horse will now be trained and competed at Grand Prix level by Salzgeber. The former German dressage champion will also be riding the former Bundeschampionate participant Finley.
Ignacio Rambla's Distinguido has been operated on last month. The grey licensed Andalusian (PRE) stallion was operated on his right eye because of a recurring infection. The operation, which took an hour, was a success. Distinguido is by Evento out of Distinguida XIII and is owned by Yeguada Romero Benitez. Under Rambla, Distinguido won team bronze at the 2005 European Dressage Championships in Hagen, Germany.
Dutch Grand Prix team rider and 2005 World Cup Finals' Reserve Champion Edward Gal has a new young stallion in training: Serano Gold, a 4-year old Oldenburg bred stallion by Sandro Hit out of St. Pr. St. Eskoria (by Grundstein II x Futuro). He is bred by Willi Gering and owned by Birte and Heinz Ahlers. In 2003 he finished sixth at the Bundeschampionate and second at the Regional Championships under Heiko Klausing. Serano Gold scored high notes in his 30-day stallion test, receiving 9.7 for rideability. "We are ecstatic that we succeeded in finding a top class rider like Edward Gal for Serano Gold," Heinz Ahlers stated. "Edward will be preparing him for the next show season." Through mediation of Emmy de Jeu and Goffe Nil van der Zijden, Serano Gold got placed at Gal's stable for the training of his dressage career.
This Euro News has been provided by Astrid Appels from Eurodressage.com