Three Swedes were heading the ranks in the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Grand Prix Kür in the wonderful Globe arena in Stockholm. “Harmony, balance and dance it was what the three Swedes brought their first three positions!”, expressed Swedish international judge Birgitta Bergsten. Swedish most popular rider Jan Brink (46) and his wonderful moving and proud stallion Briar were heading the Swedish coup.
As the Tollsturp stallion Briar had not been at his best while preparing for the WEG in Aachen, it had been the first goal for Jan Brink to get Briar healthy and fit back in the proper track. “Stockholm proved to me that Briar is better than ever again!”, Jan Brink said convincingly. “In today’s Freestyle he was really alert and going, not tensed at all, with a lot of harmony and expression. I would say, he is back to it’s normal standard! Before the World Cup™ qualifier in Stockholm he did already win five Grand Prix-tests and the Swedish championships in Flyinge. Now while he is real fresh and happy, I feel my management is to keep him this happy solely. He will get it’s rest, we plan to go the Amsterdam World Cup™ qualifier and to Gothenburg. And than we will see where we are and probably do ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Of course the World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas is my plan!”
The Swedish colleagues of Jan Brink did a great job as well. A bigger audience than last year waved and clapped the black stallion Guiness of Louise Nathhorst to third place, the clapping rhythmical accompanied by her Swedish Abba-music. The enthusiastic crowd also raised the hands for Tinne Vilhelmson showing Solos Carex. “It was very difficult to decide between those two, or the next three, also taking the test of German Ellen Schulten Baumer into consideration. Because of the pirouettes which were rather big, she went down a bit”, judge Birgitta Bergsten commented. However, Ellen Schulten Baumer still takes the lead in the standings.
Unlucky circumstances occurred, as Grand Prix-winner and wonderful WEG-medal-winner Danish Andreas Helgstrand didn’t manage to give another exciting battle between the giants Jan Brink and himself challenging each other with their horses, the grey mare Blue Hors Matiné and the chestnut stallion Briar. During the Freestyle performance the spectacular moving Matiné obviously kicked herself and she ended the test not quite regular.
CDN Munich Indoors: Zierer and Werth Win
At the national indoor show in Munich, Germany, Ludwig Zierer and his Welt Hit II offspring Weltino scored well and won the Grand Prix as well as the Grand Prix Special. Zierer beat world champion Isabell Werth who was riding her third Grand Prix horse Apache OLD (by Alabaster). Werth claimed the victory in the Kur to Music.(View Scores)
Vivaldo, Uphill and Trento B Win First KWPN Stallion Competition Qualifier
Dutch warmblood stallions Vivaldo, Uphill and Trento B are the winners of the first qualifier of the 2006-2007 KWPN/KNHS Stallion Competition circuit. The first leg was organized in Hengelo, The Netherlands. At L-level (First Level), the black stallion Vivaldo (Polansky x Montecristo) took the lead under owner Mirelle van Kemenade-Witlox. The elegant pair scored 88 points in total and beat Hans Peter Minderhoud on Johnson (Jazz x Flemmingh). Emelie Scholtens and Uphill (Oscar x Apollonios xx) won the M-level (second/third level) class. With a score of 81 points, they topped the leader board. Hans Peter Minderhoud and KWPN licensing champion Uptown (Kennedy x Ubis) owned by Toine Hoefs, Kathy Connelly and Hyperion Farm, placed second with 79 points. Kim Leduc and the bay licensed stallion Trento B (Krack C x Ramiro) won the Z-level class (Third/Fourth level). With a score of 83,5 points, Leduc referred Mirelle van Kemenade-Witlox and her Oldenburg bred Pavo Cup champion Dreamcatcher (Day Dream x Rubinstein) to a second place. (Read More)
Ehrentusch x Ferragamo colt, 2006 Westfalian Licensing Champion
The bay Ehrentusch x Ferragamo x Florestan colt became the Licensing Champion of the 2006 Westfalian Stallion Licensing in Munster-Handorf, Germany, on November 29, 2006. Bred and presented by Norbert Borgmann, the champion sold for this year's record auction price of 535,000 euro to Axel and Sandra Schürner of the Rhineland based Gestüt Neuenhof. He will be stationed at Gestut Ligges. The reserve licensing champion was the Fidermark x Rockwell x Salinator colt who is bred by the family Summen. He sold for 90,000 euro at auction. The third placed stallion was the delightful Lord Loxley x Lancer II x Corleone bred and presented by Mr Wilbers and Mr Faymonville. This horse sold for 180,000 euro. (Read More)
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