Euro Update: Gribaldi, Best Stallion at the 2006 Zwolle Stallion Show

Uptown, Florencio, Kigali and Gribaldi have become the champions of the 2006 Zwolle international Stallion Show in Zwolle, The Netherlands. At the highest level - the Grand Prix, Gribaldi and Edward Gal beat Anky van Grunsven on Krack C, the winners of the 2005 Zwolle Stallion Show. Anky was the strongest in the Grand Prix, but in the kur to music her Flemmingh x Beaujolais offspring was spooky. Gal and his Trakehner Gribaldi took advantage of this and with a very clean test they scored 75.35% and took the overall victory. The American owned Uptown (Kennedy x Ubis) reigned supreme in the 5-year old young horse class. Owned by Toine Hoefs, Kathy Connelly and Al and Judy Guden, Uptown is becoming a true young horse champion, sweeping all the gold there is to claim under Hans Peter Minderhoud.

Heike Kemmer and her Hanoverian gelding Bonaparte (by Bon Bonaparte) are on a high. After having won the 2006 Kampmann Cup in Bremen several weeks ago, they pair dominated the CDI Braunschweig last weekend. With a win in the Grand Prix and the Special, Kemmer was untouchable. Australian Kristy Oatley-Nist was in command in the kur, winning it aboard Don Bolero with 72.475%

The Sunshine Tour CDI in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain, came to a conclusion on March 19, 2006. After three weeks of competition in sunny Spain, Carl Hester and his KWPN branded Pro Set (by Jet Set) became the overall champions in the small tour. Three riders dominated the big tour: Danish Lone Jorgensen and Ludewig G were undefeated the first two weeks. British Nicole McGivern and German Alexandra Simons-De Ridder claimed the trophies the final weekend.

Legendary dressage rider Lis Hartel celebrated her 85th birthday on March 14, 2006. Lis Hartel won silver at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki and at the 1956 Olympics. She also won the unofficial World Championships in Aachen in 1954 and became Danish National Dressage Champion seven times. Lis Hartel's equestrian career was one of true heroism. In 1944, at age 23, Hartel was paralysed by polio. Gradually she reactivated most of her muscles, though she remained paralysed below the knees. After three years of rehabilitation, she was able to compete in the Scandinavian riding championships and finished second in women's dressage. In 1952, she was chosen to represent Denmark in the Helsinki Olympics. Even though she had to be helped on and off her horse, she won the individual silver medal.

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