Euro Update: Hubertus Schmidt to Compete Kampmann's Franziskus

At the German Olympic Selection Trial in Bad Salzuflen, Germany, a new pair presented itself and became the "talk of the show." Hubertus Schmidt has been given the ride on Heinrich Kampmann's Grand Prix horse Franziskus and showed the horse for the first time to the public in competition at the Dressur Special of Bad Salzuflen.

Photo copyrighted: Barbara Schnell

Franziskus is a Westfalian registered gelding by Fidermark x Potsdam and is owned by Heinrich Kampmann, one of the foremost sponsors of equestrianism in Germany. He founded the famous Grand Prix show circuit, the Kampmann Cup, which ended last year. Rudolf Zeilinger trained and competed Franziskus up to Grand Prix level, but the horse never came to full potential under Zeilinger's pressure of quick top performance. The dark bay's enormous potential "disappeared" in the lower 60% scores he achieved. The Zeilinger-Kampmann team recently split up and Heinrich offered the ride on Franziskus to Hubertus Schmidt.

Schmidt has only been training Franziskus for five weeks, and the horse still lacks trust in his rider, but it would be wonderful if Hubertus could manage to restore that trust.
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Blue Hors Matine Not to Compete at the 2008 Olympic Games

Andreas Helgstrand will not be riding Blue Hors Matine in the 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Games. Blue Hors stud manager Esben Møller notifed the Danish Equestrian Fedeation that the grey Danish Warmblood mare is not fit enough for the Games. The decision not to show Matine (by Blue Hors Silvermoon) was made in agreement with the veterinarians. They detected damage to the tendon connected to the fetlock bone and this still hasn't fully healed.

"The risk is simply too big," Andreas Helgstrand commented."Scans showed that she has not healed 100% and that means I can't train her to the highest level, to Olympic Games strength. This is naturally annoying, but we are urged to wait. She is only 11-years old. If I push her now, I run the risk to have a horse at half strength in Hong Kong. That's no good for anyone."

Esben Møller added, "We have to think about Matine's wellbeing. If she can be in top shape at the Olympics, she can be a clear candidate for the medals. We simply can't take the chance to ride her there while her condition is not totally stabile. We want to stay realistic. The next three months are incredibly important." (Read More)

Lone Jorgensen Not to Compete at the 2008 Olympic Games

Danish Lone Jorgensen has announced that she has withdrawn from Danish team qualification with her 8-year old Danish warmblood mare Donna Asana (by Don Schufro x Diamant). Jorgensen opines that her mare is too young for the heavy competition and strenous transportation to the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.

"I have been thinking about the Olympic Gales the last two, three months but decided to withdraw," Jorgensen told Eurodressage. "I think Asana is still too young for this. She is only 8-years old with no experience in going by plane, being away for five to six weeks and then, of course, the stress of the competitions in Hong Kong. She has got such big potential and has been doing everything until now without any pressure, so I don´t want to overtax her." (Read More)

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