Euro Update: The Aachen Spotlight on Isabell Werth

The 2007 CDIO Aachen seemed to be all about Isabell Werth. In the first big title match between Olympic champions Isabell Werth and Anky van Grunsven, Werth took the spotlight and claimed all major victories at a home competition in Aachen, Germany. However, despite the fact that Aachen is considered to be the best and most important show of the year, it is not an international championships where medals can be won. Werth's overall victory does not automatically mean that European gold is in the bag. The only indicator this is for the 2007 European Dressage Championships, held in Turin, Italy, at the end of August, is that the going will get tough there. (Read the complete Eurodressage editorial)

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Seven Horses to the Holding Box at 2007 European Junior and Young Riders Championship Trot-Up

Seven horses were referred to the holding box and one was rejected at the official vet check for the 2007 European Junior and Young Riders Championships in Nussloch, Germany, which started today. Six junior riders horses will be up for reinspection tomorrow morning, amongst them Holland's most experienced junior riders horse, Beaujolais (by Bright Speed). Under Chantal van Lanen, this horse won two team gold medals at previous European Championships.

Tomorrow the competition starts with the team championship test. This year, the news formula of triple medals will be instated for both the junior and young riders division. There will be medals for the team competition, the individual test and the kur to music. Three sets of medals will be distributed but an allround champion will no longer be proclaimed nor awarded with the European Junior or Young Riders Champion's title. (Follow the ECJYRC here)

Chris Hector Visits Ingrid Klimke

When Dr Reiner Klimke died at the age of only 63 in 1999, the equestrian world lost one of its inspirational leaders. Reiner was one of the rider / trainers who introduced the modern, athletic dressage horse, but always, always, trained along the classical lines. While nothing will ever make up for his untimely departure, his teachings live on through the work of his daughter, Ingrid, who like her father, combines both eventing and dressage at the highest levels. We [Chris Hector and his wife Roz Neave of the Australian Horse Magazine] were lucky enough to watch Ingrid work at her new base, on the outskirts of Münster – and what was immediately apparent was that Ingrid rode the eventers just like she rode the dressage horses. Later she explained that this was her philosophy:

“I try to work the eventers along the same dressage principles as I school my dressage horses. Only when they jump or have their canter training is it different. The only difference is that I ride the dressage horses more often in dressage training per week, but what I do in that work is totally the same.” And indeed it is quite something to see an eventer, quietly tossing off four times changes, but that is just what Seacookie TSF is doing! (Read the full story)

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