Poetic Performances by Poetin

Most impressive mount at the entire Championships was undoubtedly the 6-year old Brandenburger mare Poetin. Sired by Sandro Hit out of Poesie (by Brentano II), Poetin made poetry happen in Verden. Besides her divine conformation, Poetin has three elastic basic gaits. In the first qualifier, the mare scored 9 for her trot, 8.4 for her canter and a 7.6 for her walk which was a little bit tense. With 8.40, Poetin won the first qualifier under rider Kathrin Meyer zu Strohen.

Poetin is a confirmed scorer and already has the 2000 German Young Horse title, the 2001 Reserve Young Horse title and a 5th place at the 2002 World Championships on her list of achievements. In the individual finals, Poetin once more delivered a poetic performance. Scoring 10 for her trot, 9.5 for her canter and 7.80 for her walk, the mare achieved an overall of 9.26, and left all competition far behind her.

Anky van Grunsven, who received a wild card for this competition being a top 12 ranked FEI rider, became reserve champion aboard the KWPN licensed stallion Painted Black. Sired by Trakehner sire Gribaldi out of a Ferro dam, Painted Black put in two second place earning tests. Dependent on Anky's professional mastership, the black stallion scored 8.26 in the first qualifier and 8.54 in the finals with a top score of 9.4 for the trot work. Painted Black has always been trained and shown by Hans Peter Minderhoud, but he is now part of Anky's dressage horse collection.

The bronze medal in the 6-year old division went to former young rider Julia Katharina von Platen on the Oldenburg stallion Rose Noir. The elegant black mare by Royal Angelo xx x Welt As finished fifth in the first qualifier (7.92), but improved considerably in the finals. Rose Noir and von Platen put in a consistent ride, scoring solid 8 point marks on the gaits and an 8.50 in total. Five-year old World Champion Fürst Heinrich and 6-year old bronze medallist Rose Noir are both owned by Gestüt Sprehe.

The best American performance was produced by Lisa Wilcox on the Oldenburg stallion Raoul. The pair finished ninth in the individual finals, scoring 7.94. Aboard Roadster, Wilcox finished 11th with 7.72.

In the Consolation finals for 6-year old horses, Californian based David Wightman ended in fifth position, riding Partous. The judges gave Wightman and Partous, a Dutch bred gelding by Juventus out of Lady Way, a 7.40.

In the 5-year old consolation final, Americans Ashley Fornell and Joseph Sandven ranked 15th and 16th. Fornell received 7.30 on Rykaard, a Dutch bred gelding by Kimberly out of Milona, while Joseph Sandven totalled 7.28 aboard Tantalus Farm's Hanoverian gelding Rachmaninoff (by Rubinstein out of Gloriette).

text by Astrid Appels

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Eurodressage Coverage of the 2003 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses
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