Euro Update: Van Grunsven, Pujals and Brink Win 2007 CDI Flyinge

The indoor show season has started in Europe in September and the CDI Flyinge at the Flyinge Swedish Warmblood State Stud in Sweden was one of the first indoor competitions of a long series of shows with the world cup qualifiers and finals as highlight.

World Champion Anky van Grunsven trailered her B show horses to Sweden: Krack C, Painted Black and Nelson. The CDI proved to be an adventure for her. The current Kur World Champion won the Grand Prix with Painted Black (by Gribaldi) on a score of 75,000% but was bucked off her horse during the prize giving ceremony and injured her leg. Van Grunsven broke no bones, but walked a day in crutches to recover. The next day, she won the Intermediaire I aboard Nelson (by Weltmeyer) with 73,200%.

Mexican Bernadette Pujals is back in show mode and her Weltmeyer offspring Vincent placed third in the Grand Prix (70,875 ) and won the Grand Prix Special (73,640%). Swedish local hero Jan Brink took highest honors in the Kur to Music. Brink won the Kur on Briar with 77.100%. On Saturday October 6, 2007, Brink will marry his 28-year old Danish girlfriend Catharina Svensson. Swedish Bishop Christina Odenberg will join the couple in wedlock at the Trollenas castle in Eslov, Sweden. 130 guests are invited to the wedding. (View Flyinge Scores - Jan Brink Gets Married)

Three National Young Horse Titles for French Jessica Michel

The 2007 French Young Dressage Horse Championships were held during the "Grande Semaine" of dressage in Saumur, France, September 19-23, 2007, coincidingly with the CDI Saumur. The elegant young rider Jessica Michel became the triple champion, winning all national titles this year with three young horses: Prime Time, Noble Dream and Riwera.

In the 4-year old division, Michel was the undisputed winner aboard the black Hanoverian Prime Time (by Prince Thatch xx x Wenzel I). The black beauty was previously owned by the Danish Blue Hors, who purchased him in the auction for a record price of 580,000 euro. The stallion was returned to the Hanoverian verband when he proved to be infertile. Now, a year and a half later, he returns to the spotlight in the ownership of millionaire Xavier Marie of Haras de Hus in France. Michel won the 5-year old class with the black Oldenburg mare Noble Dream (by Caprimond x Donnerhall). Owned by Laura Dallara, Noble Dream was already the bronze medallist at the 2007 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses. In the 6-year old division, Michel took highest honours with Xavier Marie's Oldenburg mare Riwera (Welt Hit II x Noble Roi xx x Figaro). (View Article and Scores)

Dacaprio Sold to Bridlewood Farms in the United States

Jens Meyer's Hanoverian licensed stallion Dacaprio sold to Barbara Schmidt and Frederick Abblett of Bridlewood Farms in Union, KY, United States. The liver chestnut Dacaprio is by Davignon out of Carry (by Caprimond x Laterit). He was bred by Rembert Freiherr von der Bussche and licensed in Verden in 1998. Dacaprio's most famous offspring is the chestnut mare FBW Dejavu who won the 2004 Bundeschampionate, the bronze medal at the 2005 World Young Horse Championships and who placed fourth at the 2006 World Young Horse Championships.

"We have been highly impressed by Dacaprio for many years," Schmidt explained. "His daughter EM Dacapria has been a valuable member of our broodmare band producing wonderful offspring and now we are very honored to have this extraordinary sire available for our US breeders!"

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