This week's Euro Update discusses the results of the 2009 German Dressage Championships in Balve. Dutch junior and young riders' chef d'equipe Tineke Bartels has taken a firm stand on the position of Dutch dressage on the international scene. The Baden Wurttemberger bred stallion Chat Qui Rit de L has achieved the highest qualification score at the Bundeschampionate qualifier this season so far.
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Rath and Werth Win Gold at 2009 German Dressage Championships
A new year, a new format. The 2009 German Dressage Championships were held under a new modus operandi, which entailed two sets of medals distributed amongst the top three riders of the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Kur to Music instead of the old fashioned system of splitting up the nationals in a male and female championship.
Isabell Werth and Madeleine Winter-Schulze's Hanoverian gelding Warum Nicht FRH (by Weltmeyer) won the gold in the Grand Prix Special with a 78.917% score. Twenty-four year old Matthias Alexander Rath finished in silver medal position for his 76.208% earning ride on Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff's Oldenburg gelding Sterntaler Unicef (by Sion). The first surprise of the show was Ulla Salzgeber rising to the top and landing a bronze medal position with her own Herzruf's Erbe on a score of 75.208%.
The second surprise of the show was Matthias Alexander Rath beating Isabell Werth in the Kur to Music. The Kronberg based Rath scored 81.450 % for his freestyle and edged out Werth by a minimal point difference. She had to be content with a silver Kur medal posting a score of 81.050%. Ulla Salzgeber captured her second bronze with a freestyle score of 80.100 %.
Dutch Dressage: "We've Got the Guts to Do it Differently"
The 2007 European team gold medal, the arrival of Totilas and Parzival in the Dutch A-Team and the continuous winning of gold medals with the Dutch Junior and Young Riders at European Champions have brought The Netherlands to the fore as the new number one dressage nation.
Especially the results at the 2009 Dutch Dressage Championships with newcomer Totilas scoring high marks only equaled by triple Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven put the Dutch Dressage World into a euphoric state.
"We are five to ten years ahead of our neighbouring countries," said Tineke Bartels, the Dutch junior and young rider chef d'equipe and trainer/mother of Dutch Olympic rider Imke Schellekens-Bartels.
Chat Qui Rit de L Wins Grabsleben Bundeschampionate Qualifier
In Germany, the selection trials for the German Young Horse Championships are in full swing. At the Thuringian qualifier in Grabsleben, the Baden Wurttemberger stallion Chat Qui Rit de L has achieved the highest qualification score of the season so far: 9.2.
Friederike Schulz-Wallner presented the stallion in the 5-year old Dressage Horse division and obviously claimed victory with such a mark. Chat Qui Rit de L is by Chico's Boy x Cadillac x Ricardo and is bred by Sigmar Baumgärtner from Bad Saulgau, Germany. He is owned by Paul Bengesser's Gestüt Lohmühle in Nördlingen and he was the winner of the Munich 30-Day Stallion Performance Test in 2007.
Schulz-Wallner also finished second in the 5-year old division with the Trakehner bred Zauberfurst (by Interconti). This horse scored 8.5. Doreen Tuscher and Furst Frederico (by Furst Heinrich) placed third with 8.2 and Norbert Grobe and Don Carlos (by Don Cardinale) followed in fourth place with 8.0.