Euro Update: Cheryl Meisner's Paganini Best Stallion at 2008 Zwolle International Stallion Show

Canada's Cheryl Meisner can add another big entry to her list of achievements as an international dressage rider. At the 2008 International Stallion Show in Zwolle, The Netherlands, Meisner's KWPN stallion Paganini (Havidoff x Statuar) won the big tour and was proclaimed "Best Stallion" of the show.

Even though Meisner was not the winner of the Grand Prix nor the Kur to Music, Paganini was the stallion performing best in those two classes and, therefore, obtained the title of "Best Stallion". Winner of both classes was Aat van Essen with his Jazz gelding Premier. Van Essen scored the winning marks of 69.375% and 73.950%, while Meisner obtained 64.708% and 67.650%.

The 11-year old KWPN licensed stallion was purchased by Meisner at Bert Rutten's place as a 7-year old. The combination is currently training with Rutten in The Netherlands and competing on the European circuit in order to obtain qualification scores for the Canadian Olympic team.

At small tour level, the undisputed winner of the "Promising Stallion" class was the KWPN gelding Totilas (by Gribaldi) ridden by Edward Gal. He scored 74.050 % 76.400%. The title of "Promising Stallion", however, went to the Danish bred yet KWPN branded Scandic, under Swedish Patrik Kittel. Kittel and the chestnut licensed stallion scored 69.750% and 68.200%. (View full show scores)

Van Grunsven and Helgstrand in "Pas de Deux" at 2008 Danish Stallion Licensing

This year at Herning, the best freestyle dressage rider in the world Anky van Grunsven and the world’s second best freestyle dressage rider Andreas Helgstrand will appear together in a ”Pas des Deux” with the two riders performing a synchronized free style dressage programme to music.

Danish Warmblood has invited the Dutch world star rider Anky van Grunsven to the Stallion Show in Herning on 13th-16th March to demonstrate to the public how a world champion in dressage works her horses in their daily training.

During the evening performance on Friday 14 March, Anky and her stallion Painted Black will be reigning supreme in the big round hall in Herning. With Danish riders as her pupils she will demonstrate her systematic methods of training and in doing so will explain her personal training methods to the public. As a clinician she is renowned for the tremendous amount of applause and recognition she receives when in her charming and witty way, she reveals what this training involves.

As a grand finale Anky will be performing a specially developed ”Pas de Deux” with Danish top rider Andreas Helgstrand.

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