This week's Euro Update zooms in on the performances of Brigitte Wittig and Isabell Werth at the national show in Mannheim, Germany. In The Netherlands, the selection process for the 2009 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses has started. Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan has been elected as new member of the Advisory Board of the CHIO Aachen organization.
Blind Date Returns to Show Ring to Win Big
At the 2007 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses there was one mare which really mesmerize the crowds: Blind Date. The chestnut Hanoverian mare by Breitling W x Donnerhall won the preliminary test at the Championships but then was withdrawn due to an injury before she was able to ride her finals' test. It was a great pity to see such a fantastic mare leave the scene through the backdoor.
Two years later, she's knocking at the front door again! Under her rider Brigitte Wittig, she won the Prix St Georges Special, the qualification class for the 2009 Nurnberg Burgpokal Finals, at the national show in Mannheim, Germany. Bred by Margret Klare and owned by Christian Heinrich, Blind Date scored a stunning 75.95% and won the class. Wittig and her second horse Biagotti W (by Breitling x Diego xx) finished second posting a score of 72.35%
The big tour was won by Isabell Werth on Madeleine Winter-Schulze's Warum Nicht FRH (by Weltmeyer). Werth crushed all competition with stellar scores of 76.255% in the Grand Prix and 78.833% in the Special. Werth offered the ride on her fourth Grand Prix horse, Apache OLD, to her stable rider Matthias Bouton, who rode the gelding to a fourth place in the Piaff Forderpreis, a special show circuit for young Grand Prix riders.
World Young Horse Championship Selection Trials Have Begun
In The Netherlands, the first selection trials for the 2009 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, have started. The KWPN society is conducting a very strict selection process with two trials and several training sessions through which a long list of horses has been set up. Via the training seminars the long list will gradually be narrowed down into a short list.
Eleven long listed horses did not survive the second selection trial for Dutch bred horses that aim to compete at the 2009 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany on 5 - 9 August 2009. The selection committee, consisting of Mr Ernes, Mr Hamminga and Mr Van den Hoorn, discharged seven 5-year olds and four 6-year olds from the long list at the second selection trial held yesterday at the KWPN headquarters in Ermelo, The Netherlands.
The next training session/selection trial will take place Tuesday 2 June 2009.
View the Long List of KWPN horses for Verden
Royalty Supports the 2009 CHIO Aachen
Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan has been elected as new member of the Advisory Board of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein, the organization of the internationally renowned CHIO Aachen.
The Advisory Board of the old-established CHIO organiser consists of up to 20 persons that are in the public spotlight. ALRV-President Klaus Pavel pointed out the significance of the new Board member with regard to new impulses for worldwide contacts: "Primarily, Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan has an excellent international network". Asked for the reason for her commitment, the Begum explained: "Being part of the Advisory Board of such a traditional horse show is a great honour for me. I have instantly been convinced of the outstanding sport and the international flair of the world's biggest equestrian event. I was deeply impressed when I visited the CHIO Aachen last year".