What are the odds that the top two placings in the 5-year-old division at the FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships 2015 were two full sisters? How could that happen? The FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships 2015 was once again the event was staged within the framework of the International Dressage and Jumping Festival. Many of the sport’s top riders brought their future stars to measure and compare their progress and potential over the five-day event. A unique dressage competition which puts added pressure on the judges' panel, because at the end of each ride, the rider and horse stand before the judges' box as their comments and results of each gait and overall impression is announced over the sound system.
In the 5-Year-Old qualifier on Thursday 42 talented young horses started in this competition where only 12 would earn a spot in the final championship round. With Spain’s Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez in the saddle, the Fassbinder x Romanov Blue Hors mare Fiontini set out on the road to success with a victory. Scoring 9.48, the pair earned the only maximum 10 awarded in the competition when judges Susanne Baarup (DEN), Annette Fransen Iacobaeus (SWE), Andrew Gardner (GBR) and Liselotte Fore (USA) were hugely impressed by the mare’s trot, while canter was rewarded with a significant 9.8.
The Netherlands’ Kristen Brouwer lined up second, with Five Star 2 (Amazing Star x Jazz) who posted a mark of 9.44 while fellow-Dutch competitor Marieke van der Putten scored 9.32 with another KWPN stallion, Four Legends, (Wynton x Ferro). Fourth place went to Vera Nass with the Hannoverian stallion Quantensprung 3 (Quando x Donnerhall) and next in line was fellow-German Ann-Christin Wienkamp and the Oldenburg stallion Sir Olli (Sir Donnerhall l x Florestan) who posted 8.98.
A total of 42 talented young horses started in this competition, but only the top 12 qualified for Saturday’s 5-Year-Old Final which was judged by Susanne Baarup (DEN), Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode (NED), Isabelle Judet (FRA) and Dr Dietrich Plewa (GER).
The Final was judged by was judged by Susanne Baarup (DEN), Eddy de Wolff van Westerrode (NED), Isabelle Judet (FRA) and Dr. Dietrich Plewa (GER), with an outcome no one could have predicted.
Once again Fiontini rose to the occasion once again scoring 9.18 clinching the Gold. “She was always concentrated on me and my aids, a super horse” said Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez of his winning ride.
Then something happened as another mare with the same genetic bloodline as Fiontini, caught up to her sister, when, with her rider Andreas Helgstrand from Denmark, Fiontina who had lined up eighth in the qualifying round, scored a 9.02 earning the Silver Medal, Reserve Championship.
Both mares are by Fassbinder and out of the mare Rapitala x Romanov Blue Hors. Both young horses were produced by embryo transfer and were carried by surrogate mares.
This wasn't their first time out together as the sisters caused quite a stir at the Blue Horse Championships for Young Dressage Horses staged during the Danish Stallion Licensing last March. British superstar, Charlotte Dujardin who was the test rider awarded them with 10s. “However I would have preferred to award even higher marks such as 11 or 12 for their rideability - they are simply incredible!” Dujardin said at the time.
Vera Nass with the Hannoverian stallion Quantensprung 3 (Quando x Donnerhall) took the bronze medal with an 8.96.