Euro Update: Busy May Show Weekend in Europe

The first weekend of May (May 4 - 6, 2007) was an extremely busy show weekend with three huge national dressage competitions in Germany and one big international CDI0 in Saumur, France.

CDN Meppen
American Catherine Haddad and her rising Grand Prix horse Cadillac put in two good rounds in the big tour. The American duo placed third in the Grand Prix and won the Special with 1732 points. British born Susan Pape-Draper won the Prix St Georges aboard the delightful breeding stallion Baroncelli. The victory in the Intermediaire I went to Alexandra Bimschas on Wolke Sieben. (View Scores)
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CDN Bad Salzuflen
A clash of the titans took place at the national show in Bad Salzuflen, Germany. Nadine Capellmann brought out her super star Elvis Va (by Espri) and challenged the rising pair Monica Theodorescu on Whisper. The Grand Prix was won by Capellmann with 73,29% and the Special was a tie between Capellmann and Theodorescu on 74,08%. Hubertus Schmidt and Wansuele Suerte were out and about again, placing fourth in the GP and third in the Special. (View Scores)

CDN Mannheim
Isabell Werth travelled to Mannheim, Germany, to take yet another two victories. She saddled her bay Oldenburg branded Apache OLD (by Alabaster) and won the Grand Prix with 71.625 % and the Special with 70.720 %. Heike Kemmer won the Nurnberg Burgpokal Qualifier (Prix St Georges) with her new mount Quantico (by Quattro B). They scores 70.200 % and beat Anja Plonzke on the charming Le Mont d'Or. (View Scores)

CDIO Saumur, France
Dutch Alex van Silfhout dominated the CDIO big tour in Saumur, France, winning the Grand Prix Special and Kur to Music. Van Silfhout seemed to have fixed the tongue problem with his horse Nimbly, who constantly bit his tongue during the test because of stress. "We now feed him a bit of hay right before we go in and keeps himself busy with that," Van Silfhout told the Dutch Equestrian Federation. He scored 71.120% and 75.450% for his two winning rides. The Grand Prix was won by Karen Tebar and her super sensitive Hanoverian mare Falada M (by Forrest xx). She scores 71.375% and placed second in the Special and fourth in the Kur. France did win the Nations' Cup ahead of The Netherlands and Germany. At small tour level, the Belgian combination Julie de Deken and Fazzino (by Florestan) were the strongest. They placed second in the PSG and won the Intermediaire I with 68.200%. (View all scores)

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