Laura Stigler and the Hanoverian gelding Doubleyou W aced the 6-year old preliminary test at the 2013 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, on Friday morning 9 August 2013. Germany dominated the ranking of the class with no less than six of their horses in the top ten and three of them taking the so called podium places. There was much more "restraint" in the scoring today as judging panellists Sandy Phillips, Isabelle Judet, Jacques van Daele and Linda Zang sorted out the ranking of the horses with a more realistic grasp on the points. Strong harmonious riding fortunately also had the upper hand over articifial flash and extravagance in the 6-year old division. While Stigler and Doubleyou W were today's winners with a 9.28 total score, second placed Sa Coeur and third placed Damon's Delorange were on the pair's heels with their 9.14 and 9.12 score and anything is still possible in the Finals on Sunday.