Euro Update: 2007 Bundeschampion Samira Sold to Tony and Sarah Pidgley

Samira, the grand champion of the 2007 Bundeschampionate, has been sold to Tony and Sarah Pidgley of Kilbees Farm Stud in Windsor , Great Britain . The 6-year old Rhinelander bred mare has been the revelation of the 2007 German Young Horse Championships in Warendorf , Germany , 29 th August – 2 nd September 2007, scoring the highest mark ever achieved by a 6-year old in the history of the Bundeschampionate.

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Under Bärbel Förster-Henrich, Samira (Sandro Hit x Rockwell) scored a 9.7 overall and received a 10 for trot and submission and a 9.5 for canter, walk and general impression. She beat the record score of 9.5 previously achieved by Samira’s sire Sandro Hit, Wanesco and the legendary mare Poetin. Judge Christoph Hess commented on Samira's performance stating that, "we've never seen anything like this before in this arena."

New owner Tony Pidgley is thrilled about Samira. "We're very happy today, because she is a once in a life-time horse," Tony Pidgley told Eurodressage. "We saw the horse and thought she was fantastic. We realised you don't see paces like that every day, and even the judges were arguing she should have got 10's for everything. But, it is her temperament that we really love. She is always the same."

Tony Pidgley also broke the news that he acquired two more breeding stallions from Paul Schockemöhle for Kilbees Stud: Rosario and Diamonit. The 8-year old Oldenburg stallion Rosario (by Rubinstein x Castro x Luxus) was test ridden by Sarah a couple of weeks ago. The match was perfect especially because of his fantastic temperament. The 4-year old Oldenburg bred Diamonit (Diamond Hit x Santander x Freiherr) will also move to England. Both stallions will remain available for breeding via Kilbees Stud and Paul Schockemöhle's stallion station.

CDI Piber: Nina Stadlinger and Anders Dahl Win the Big Tour

Austrian Nina Stadlinger and Danish Anders Dahl won the winners of the big tour at the CDI Piber in Austria. Hosted at Ewald Willibald's equestrian facility, the CDI Piber drew a small crowd of international competitors from various nationalities. Stadlinger won the Grand Prix aboard her Westfalian gelding Egalité (by Ehrentusch) on a score of 67.875%. Dahl, who's is the life partner of the British team rider Fiona Bigwood, won the Grand Prix Kur to Music. Aboard the bay gelding Afrikka, Dahl scored 75.200% for his freestyle. Belarussian Iryna Lis placed second aboard Problesk. Hungarian György Komjathy won the Prix St Georges and Intermediaire I. (View Scores)

Luxus and Matea SB, 2007 Swedish Warmblood Foal Champions

Last weekend, the 2007 Swedish Foal Championships were held and colt Luxus as well as filly Matea SB were proclaimed 2007 Swedish Foal Champion. The "State Foal Championships" (Riksfol) are organized on two locations due to the vastness of Sweden. The locations were Tingsryd in the South of Sweden and Orebro in central Sweden.

The winning foal in the south was Luxus, a colt by Florencio x Bolero x Pajazzo, bred by Charlotte and Magnus Lillemark. The foal scored 93% in total, which was the highest score achieved nationwide. The runner up was Bertoni, a colt by Figaro R x Furioso III x Jovial. This breeding produckt of Niklas Samuelsson also achieved 93% but was ranked second

In central Sweden the highest ranking dressage foals were Matea SB, who took the lead with 89%. This filly is bred and owned by Monica Tindstedt and is by Kennedy x Don Primero x Rubinstein. The runner up was Ballerina, a Bocelli x Castellini x Maraton filly, bred by Rita Hallenheim-Eriksson. She scored 88%.

European Championship Evaluation at 2007 Global Dressage Forum

During the 2007 Global Dressage Forum, which will be held on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 October 2007 at Academy Bartels, FEI ‘O’ judge Stephen Clarke (GBR) will lead the evaluation of several tests of the European Championship in Torino. Together with colleague Vincenzo Truppa (ITA) and Wim Ernes (NED) they will explain the scores. Points of view will be discussed with the public present, among them top riders and trainers.

The goal of this evaluation is to make the judges’s score more transparent. The times that judges and riders did not discuss how exercises should be performed, are over. The trend to explain the judges’s views in public, which was also was promoted through the evaluations during the Global Dressage Forum, have contributed positively to this transparency. The Global Dressage Forum is annually visited by top riders, trainers, judges and enthusiastic dressage fans.

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