Euro Update: Jordi Domingo and Prestige Make Winning Moves at Sunshine Tour CDI

This week's Euro News includes a short review of the top placing pairs in the first leg of the Sunshine Tour CDI in Spain. 13-year old Dana van Lierp became the 2009 Dutch Indoor Pony Champion in Wanroij, The Netherlands and the Oldenburg breeding stallion Plaisir d'Amour died unexpectedly.

The 2009 Sunshine Tour, three weeks of international dressage competition in sunny Spain, started this week in Vejer de La Frontera. Local hero Jordi Domingo pulled two winning moves in the big tour aboard his black Dutch bred stallion Prestige (by Ferro). In the Grand Prix, the dynamic duo won with 69.872%. In the Grand Prix Special they moved up one gear and won with 71,542%.

Maria Eilberg produced the best results of the British contingent competing in the first leg of the 2009 Spanish Sunshine Tour. Aboard Pro Set (by Jet Set D), the British Olympic reserve rider placed second in the Grand Prix Special with 66,833%. In the Grand Prix they landed a twelfth place with 63,14%.

“Maria took over the ride [on Pro Set from Carl Hester ] last summer and this is their first outing," Maria's father Ferdi Eilberg said. "They finished twelfth in the grand prix because he was spooking as it was his first time in the arena, but he redeemed himself by finishing second in his first ever special.”

Maria Eilberg produced the best results of the British contingent competing in the Spanish Sunshine Tour. She rode Lynne Crowden’s 16.3hh seven-year-old black stallion Woodlander Rockstar to victory in three tests: the owners’ class junior preliminary test, owners’ class junior riders team championship test and owners' class junior preliminary test.

Aboard the Hanoverian gelding Delgado (by De Niro) Spanish Beatriz Ferrer-Salat  won the first and second Prix St Georges with 71.2% and 69.82% In the Intermediaire I, Ferrer-Salat slotted in second behind German Sylvia Zimmer on Broadway

Sunshine Tour Scores

Dana van Lierop, 2009 Dutch Indoor Pony Champion

Not the European individual silver medallist Antoinette te Riele, nor the highly routined mutiple FEI pony owner Maria van den Dungen, but the rising 13-year old Dana van Lierop reigned supreme at the 2009 Dutch Indoor FEI Pony Championships in Wanroij; The Netherlands, February 28, 2009.

Though none of the scores hit the 70% barrier, Van Lierop topped the leader board with strong 68.25% Aboard the 8-year old warmblood horse bred Equestricons Lord Champion (by Le Champion), Van Lierop was the last to enter the ring to end up first in the ranking.

"He felt really good and I thought he was going very well," Van Lierop told Eurodressage. "My goal this year is the same as for any other pony rider: have fun riding, to go for it and make the team for the 2009 European Pony Championships."

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Plaisir d'Amour Passed Away

The Oldenburg licensed stallion Plaisir d'Amour had to be humanely put down after a colic attack on Saturday 28 February 2009. After he was retired from competition in 2006, he stood at stud at the horse clinic of Hermann Josef Genn in Mühlen, Germany.

Born in 1988, Plaisir d'Amour was by Pik Bube I out of a Furioso II dam. He was bred and owned his whole life by Hans H. Ludwigs. Under Rudolf Zeilinger he competed in the Bundeschampionate finals three times. As a 6-year old he finished eleventh in 1994. He booked his first success at S level under Nicole Uphoff and  participated in the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome under Swiss team rider Jasmine Sanche-Burger. Plaisir d'Amour had his most successful time under the saddle of Markus Gribbe. His last rider was Ralf Hartmann.  All together he won nearly 50.000 € of prize money in dressage.

His most famous daughter is Puppenfee, who was winner of the Elite mare show in Rastede and third at the European mare show in Brussel 1998. She is also dam of the Oldenburg Main Premium award winner San Amour and the 3-year old Oldenburg Elite Mare Champion Auguste Victoria.

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