Euro Update: Werth Wins Dutch World Cup Qualifier in Maastricht

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A historical German Win in the Netherlands for Isabell Werth marked the second FEI World Cup ™ qualifier Dressage, CDI-W Maastricht. “My Christmas wish was a victory in the Netherlands and now I already have received it! However I must say with a little help of Sjef Janssen”, Isabell Werth smiled, referring to the pregnancy of her nearest rival Anky van Grunsven.

Isabell Werth came to Maastricht showing Warum Nicht FRH, the 10-year old gelding owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze. Warum Nicht FRH sustained an injury short before the WEG, which prevented him to earn the WEG-medals for its rider and for Germany. Maastricht was the very first outing again of the big Hanoverian bred chestnut, the runner up of the FEI World Cup™ Final in Amsterdam. “’Hannes’ went very well at home, but you never know before the show whether Hannes will be concentrated and doing its work in competition. Yesterday in Grand Prix he was with me already and today he did its utmost for the moment, staying with me and not getting tensed by all difficulties, which really made me very happy!”, Isabell concluded.

Her music with the tune ‘Land of hope and Glory’ needs to be renewed when he season continues, Isabell Werth promised. Her aims are to compete both in the fourth qualifier of the FEI World Cup™ in London showing Warum Nicht FRH and the fifth one in Frankfurt the same week showing Polano. “After that it will be a bit relaxation at home at Christmas, although I have my present already. We’ll do Mechelen and than we’ll see further”, the winner of two WEG-gold medals explained, before leaving in a hurry to Warendorf to the honorary celebration of the German FN of all medal winners in 2006.

However, the Dutch riders present did not give the win away. Dutch champion Imke Schellekens-Bartels who had a Grand Prix that lacked the nice contact, had one of her best Freestyle tests ever. Only in the ‘s-Hertogenbosch qualifier of the FEI World Cup™ the previous season, she had been rewarded with a higher score of 80%, now she received 79,50% for the runner up position. Third placed Edward Gal felt really very happy with the score of 77,15%. He had saddled the black elegant stallion G4S IPS Gribaldi who had not been competing internationally after the qualifier in Neumunster the previous season. “I am very happy that Gribaldi rose to the occasion here in Maastricht. After the sell of G4S Lingh to the USA, I am happy Gribaldi didn’t hesitate to take over the first position in my stables.”

Guizo Died Unexpectedly

Guizo, one of Spain's most successful dressage horses ever, has passed away following severe acute intestinal problems. The bay Lusitano stallion spent the last four days of his life in the equine clinic where he was being treated, but unfortunately the veterinarians were unable to save him and the horse passed away.

Guizo was a 1988 born Lusitano stallion by Zasebande out of Cataria (by Tivoli). Under Juan Antonio Jimenez Cobo, the horse rose to international stardom. The combination won the team bronze medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and team silver at the 2003 European Dressage Championships in Hickstead, Great Britain. They competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and became Spanish National Dressage Championships in 2005 after a very successful 2005 European Championships in which they placed fifth individually. (Read More)

Sandro Hit Get Dominates the 2006 Oldenburg Stallion Licensings Ever

The use of superlatives is required when describing the quality of the stallions presented at the 2006 Oldenburg Stallion Licensing in Vechta, Germany, November 23-25, 2006. Never before has such a big amount of horses of outstanding quality been exhibited. The dominating impact of sire Sandro Hit on the Oldenburg breed is undeniable. At the 2006 Oldenburg Stallion Licensing it was the Sandro Hit offspring that dictated the standard of modernity, elegance and performance of the young stallions that were born in 2004.

The licensing committee, consisting of Georg Thole, Soren Pedersen, Wolfgang Schulze Schleppinghoff, Wolfram Wittig and Ulrich Henschke, licensed 36 of 67 presented stallions and selected the Stedinger x Quattro B colt as Champion of the Licensing. The gigantic dark bay stallion was the favourite of the public and each time received the most applause upon entering the ring. The stallion had such an amazing power trot, showing great rhythm, engagement and superb suspension.

The reseve licensing champion was a Sandro Hit x Don Gregory. This pitch black stallion is bred by Gottfried Wessjohann and presented by Arndt and Wilhelm Schwierking. He is out of Elite Mare Herzdame (by Don Gregory x Rubinstein x Furioso II). This black stallion is a very lightfooted mover with much elasticity in his body and a good round canter working over the back. The walk was mediocre.

Many will agree that the stallion who should have earned the champion's title was the third placed premium stallion by Sandro Hit out of the very famous Elite Mare Puppenfee (by Plaisir d'Amour x Figaro x Kronprinz xx). Talk about a horse with an X-factor, this long legged, highly elegant black stallion had the most lofty, graceful and engaged trot with a world class front leg and a hind leg that tracks up. (Read More)

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