Euro Update: Martin Schaudt's Weltall VA Sold to Meggle Stable

Martin Schaudt's top Grand Prix horse Weltall VA has been sold to Toni and Marina Meggle from Wasserburg, Germany. The 13-year old Hanoverian gelding by Weltmeyer x Picard (breeder: Hans-Heinrich Pahlmann) will be ridden by Dieter Laugks, the head rider at Meggle Stables.

Photo by Diana De Rosa

"The sale of Weltall was not planned, but more coincidental as Martin had scheduled to ride him at the Baden Wurttemberger championships and at the German dressage championships in Gera," spokesman Wolfgang Leiss told Eurodressage. "At a joint warm up session with Dieter Laugks, negotiations started and they were concluded yesterday."

Aboard Weltall VA, Martin Schaudt competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where he finished 15th individually and won team gold. He won the German Dressage Championships for male riders in 2004 and bronze in 2005. Since the spring of 2006, Weltall has not been competed at a major shows. His last major international competition was at the 2006 CDIO Aachen in May 2006, where the pair finished third in the Grand Prix and Special.

In 2004, Schaudt and Weltall set the new Grand Prix Special world record score at 80,92%. Later on, they improved that world record at the 2005 CDI Neumunster, where they scored 82.56%.

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