Euro Update: Maas and Van Grunsven, 2008 Dutch Indoor Champions

Lynne Maas and Anky van Grunsven were the FEI tour winners at the 2008 Dutch Indoor Dressage Championships in Roosendaal, The Netherlands, February 22-24, 2008. Especially Lynne Maas and her KWPN gelding Salo made a huge impression, becoing the 2006 Dutch Champions at Z-level (Fourth level) two years ago and now being unstoppable in the small tour.

Photo copyrighted: Jacob Melissen - courtesy KWPN

The Schiedam based Maas and her Ferro offspring scored the winning marks of 68% in the Prix St Georges, 70.33 in the Intermediaire I and 72.670% in the Intermediaire I kur to music. Salo was very frolicky during the price giving and bucked so hard that Lynne almost was launched from the saddle. She stayed put, though, but injured his ring finger which the present paramedics iced. The former young rider Richelle ter Haak from Den Ilp became reserve champion with Lest Best V (by Damiro).

In the big tour, title favourite Anky van Grunsven had to fight for her points with last year's indoor champion Adelinde Cornelissen breathing down her neck for the title. Van Grunsven and Painted Black (by Gribaldi) scored 73.68% in the Grand Prix, Cornelissen and Parzival (by Jazz) 73.19%. In the Kur to Music, Anky achieved 78.58%, Adelinde 78.17%. Anky totalled an overall of 152.26% while Adelinde had to settle for the reserve champion's position with 151.36%. (View Scores)

CDI Vestfold: Ross-Davies and Liebling on form at Their First Show of the Year

Britain’s Anna Ross-Davies and Liebling II won the grand prix and grand prix freestyle on their first outing of the year at Vestfold CDI in Norway, 19-21 February 2008. Riding Donald McTaggart’s 11-year-old 16.2hh gelding by Lorentin, Anna headed the grand prix with 69.875% and the freestyle with 74.85%. Anna, who trains with Ulla Salzgeber in Germany, last competed at Stuttgard CDI in November 2007 where the electric atmosphere got to “Lenny”.

“He was a lot calmer than in Stuttgart and did one of his best grand prix tests; three judges gave him over 70%. We’ve been training hard all winter and it was great that we managed to pull off all the things we have been working on in the competition arena,” said Anna, who is currently third in the British Dressage Grand Prix Rankings. (View Scores)

Spielberg Continues to Sue Reesink Horses

Four times, Eugene Reesink of Reesink Horses had to appear in front of court for four lawsuits. At each session, Reesink won, but the American celebrity, who earns 276 million dollar a year, continues to sue him. It all started with the sale of a Grand Prix horse to the company Old Dogwood LLC.

On 19th February 2007, Old Dogwood and Reesink reached an agreement for purchase of a dark bay Grand Prix horse, which Old Dogwood acquired for 260,000 euro. On 21st February, the sales price was paid and according to the agreement and as well as legally the horse was considered sold. On 23rd February 2007 the horse was shipped to the United States where it came at the disposal of Old Dogwood on 1st March 2007. Reesink's lawyer, Stephan Wensing, can not disclose the identity of Old Dogwood; only that it concerns an American celebrity who earns 276 million dollar a year.

Reesink had to sign a letter that he would not publicize the identity of the buyer. After some investigation, it can be discovered that Kate Capshaw is registered as owner of Old Dogwood LLC. The link between Capshaw and the American movie director Steven Spielberg is retrieved after some research on the internet. They are husband and wife. Wensing explained that the horse has been vet-checked three times before shipment to the States. "Even on the day of shipping, the horse was veterinary checked," Wensing said. (Read full article)

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