Spanish junior rider Morgan Barbançon Mestre swept the board at the 2010 CDI Addington scoring a hattrick in the junior division. Aboard the 8-year old Westfalian gelding Dankeschön (by Douceur x Ehrentusch) Barbançon consistently scored in the seventies to capture three winner's trophies. Barbançon and Dankeschön are a brand new combination, as Morgan's parents bought this former PSI auction horse from Wilfried Bechtolsheimer barely two months ago. The pair clicked straight away and this successful partnership was proven by their winning streak in Addington. The panel of judges gave them 72.0721% in the team test, 71.4912% in the individual and 77,250% in the Kur to Music
"I had a great feeling on Dankeschön, it felt as if we were one," said Barbançon. "The first two days he was a little tense at the beginning but he relaxed himself during the test and for the kür we were flying. He really is an adorable horse. I love him and have a special relationship with him."
David Holmes Hired as FISE Sports Director
New changes to the organization of the Italian Equestrian Federation have been made. A new board of directors has been elected by the Italian Equestrian Federation (FISE) on 27th February 2010 and president Andrea Paulgrosss hired Brit David Holmes as FISE Sport Director.
Holmes was previously chief executive of British Dressage and briefly worked for the FEI as Director of Sports. The FEI surprisingly thanked Holmes for his services in November 2009. Holmes will now be active in Italy to develop the internal structure of the federation and stimulate Italian equestrianism nationally and internationally.
"I am confident that the competence and enthusiasm of an internationally renowned director such as David will be the ideal basis to work in the best interest of our federation. Like this we can grow to new heights," said Paulgross.
Lord of Loxley Acquired for Brett Parbery
Australian businessman Clyde Wunderwald acquired the Westfalian licensed stallion Lord of Loxley (by Lord Sinclair x Landadel) for Australian Grand Prix rider Brett Parbery. The bay stallion will be Parbery's hope for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Last week Parbery competed Victory Salute in the 2010 World Cup Finals in 's Hertogenbosch and the Australian will be in Europe until the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. The former rodeo rider is staying at Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud's equestrian facility in Harskamp, The Netherlands.
Wunderwald owns many talented dressage horses which are competed by various Australian dressage riders. He discovered Rozzie Ryan's Donna Carrera, Le Beau and Weltman and he used to own Heath Ryan's Olympic horse Greenoaks Dundee (which sold to Bernd Schopf in Germany).