At the national German dressage show in Hünxe, Klaus Husenbeth and his Prince Thatch xx offspring Piccolino won the Grand Prix with 74.72%. Isabell Werth won the Grand Prix Special and Kur aboard Apache OLD. In the Kur she scored 80.40% and stayed a full 6% ahead of Heiner Schiergen. Russian Inessa Potouraeva placed third on Zorro. The show in Hünxe is held at Gut Gluckauf, which is owned by international dressage judge Peter Engel (pictured).
Former international team rider Sandy Phillips-Pflueger has stepped down from her role as a British Dressage senior selector. Phillips has chosen for an active competition career this year and wants to be considered for selection herself. As it poses a conflict of interest, Philips decided to resign as selector for the British Dressage teams.
Phillips and her 12-year old Rhinelander mare Lara (by Lanciano) have been selected to take part in the CDIO Saumur, 26 – 30 April 2006, and will look to compete in more international dressage competitions throughout the summer. Sandy Pflueger is an American born equestrian who married Captain Mark Phillips in 1997. She took on the British nationality already in 1996 and was a reserve member on the 1996 British Olympic team and a team member at the 1999 European Dressage Championships aboard Fun. She also competed No Limit, Lindor and Lara at international FEI level.
Donatus Rex, a dark bay Don Davidoff x Don Schufro gelding, became the price highlight of the 2006 Spring Elite Auction in Vechta, Germany. The British Aram Gregory purchased the gelding for 120,000 euro. The second highest price was paid for Duino II, a full brother to Bundeschampion and licensed stallion Duino I. The Finnish Henry Ruoste paid 60,000 euro for the Donnerschwee x Sion offspring. Ruoste trains, who trains with Kyra Kyrklund, also bought Royal Cup (Royal Diamond x Corlando) for 38,500 € and Dressmann (Dressage Royal x Sion) for 18,000 €.
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Scores: CDN Hünxe