Euro Update: Heiner Schiergen, 2007 German Professional Dressage Champion

The Krefeld based Heiner Schiergen became the 2007 German Champion for Professional Dressage Riders during the CDI Hagen held at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, Germany. Schiergen won the finals with horse change with a lead of almost 100 points to the other two finallists. Schiergen rode the highest total overall mark after three Grand Prix tests aboard his own World Congress, and on Insa Hansen's Weltclassiker and Bianca Kasselmann's Di Caprio. Lady of the house, Bianca Kasselmann, won the silver medal while Insa Hansen, head rider at Hof Kasselmann and winner of the two first qualifying classes, the Grand Prix and the Special, claimed the bronze.

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The CDI big tour was dominated by Laura Bechtolsheimer, Monica Theodorescu and Alexandra Korelova. Aboard the Danish warmblood Mistral Hojris, the British Laura won the Grand Prix with 71.13%. Monica Theodorescu and Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff's Whisper, who is doing his first season at Grand Prix, won the Special with 75.12%. The Russian Korelova won the Kur to Music with 76.75%. She rode her 19-year old Balagar, an Orlov trotter police horse turned dressage. (View Scores)

His Highness Put Down

A terrible loss for breeders world wide. The American owned His Highness, one of most respected, most acclaimed and most used breeding stallions, has been put down following an accident in which he dislocated his right hind hock. Owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale, the 7-year old His Highness was by Hohenstein x Donnerhall.

His Highness was the 2002 Hanoverian Licensing Champion and sold for the record price of 515,000 euro to the Leatherdales from Minnesota. The black stallion became the Stallion Performance Test winner in Prussendorf and was licensing champion at the Danish Warmblood Licensing.

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Trained under Klaus Balkenhol's supervision, His Highness won many riding horse and dressage horse tests under Stefan Wolff and Inga von Helldorf. He placed in the finals of the 2005 and 2006 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf. From his first crop of foals, already 10 sons were licensed. His Highness bred only for five years but will leave an indelible influence on Hanoverian breeding behind him.(Read More)

Markus Gribbe Joins the Pidgley's "Team Berkeley"

German Grand Prix dressage rider Markus Gribbe has joined the Pidgley's 'Team Berkeley' at Windsor, Great Britain, to assist Sarah Pidgley and Damian Hallam with the training of their world class dressage horses. The 43-year old Gribbe will be coaching Sarah Pidgley and Damian Hallam at home and at national and international dressage shows. He will also handle the training of the FEI level horses as well as the young dressage horses.

Gribbe is a successful international dressage rider. Aboard Wild Rose he won the German Young Horse Championships and he competed her up to Grand Prix level. He won three Nations Cups for Germany with the stallion Plaisir d' Amour and trained the German Bavarian disabled riding team for eight years. For the last five years, Gribbe was employed at Dr. Bechtolsheimer's yard in Ampney St. Peter (U.K.), where he brought Laura Bechtolsheimer up to the 2006 World Equestrian Games. (Read More)

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