For American Emily Wagner and her 5-year old American warmblood WakeUp their maiden voyage to Europe to compete at the 2010 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden has been an exhilarating journey. The duo finished fourth in the consolation class, missing out on the final by a nose length, and ranked sixteenth overall in this international competition.
Wagner and WakeUp (by Wagnis out of Maiden Montreal (by Macho)) made a striking impression in the preliminary test and consolation finals with their outstanding presentation. The black stallion was always light in the bridle and 22-year old Emily maintained an exemplary consistent contact with the bit outclassing many European professionalism with her riding. The walk and canter are WakeUp's strongpoints. The walk is extremely groundcovering and relaxed, the canter work is solid and balanced with good scope. Only in the counter canter the black stallion slightly lost the uphill tendency. Though the trot was smooth and well regulated, the 5-year old needs to improve on his strength and muscle tone in the back and loins as he still moves slightly disconnected between the forehand and hindquarters. The supreme rideability and throughness of the horse were excellent though and Wagner earned a 7.82 in the first round and 7.94 in the consolation, just losing the chance for a place in the grand finals.
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