Heavy Dressage Show Weekend World Wide

Heath Ryan at CDI Sydney, Sidneva at CDI Jozefin and Linsenhoff at CDN Bad Salzuflen

The second weekend of May 2003 hosted world wide three top notch national and international dressage competitions. Take a tour around the globe with us to get updated on the latest dressage competition. We kick off in Sydney, Australia, where Heath Ryan won the big tour at the CDI Sydney.

Hosted at the Sydney Equestrian Centre, the Sydney CDI*** featured a large field of competitors, mainly from Australian, but also from Canada and the USA. Australian WEG Team rider Heath Ryan dominated the Intermediaire II and the Grand Prix Kur to Music aboard the Australian bred Stirling Stilton. Scoring a modest 65.902% in the Inter II and decent 69.775% in the Kur, Ryan was the big winner of the show. The Grand Prix was won by WEG rider Mary Hanna on Limbo. The combination just returned from Europe where they went for training by Sjef Janssen. In Sydney they received the winning 66.667% for their ride. Hanna beat the winner of the Special, Ricky MacMillan on her Hannoverian Crisp. MacMillan, a dentist by profession, received 65.32% from the judges in the Special which made her win the class.

The small tour was a Ryan extravaganza. Although Vickie Robertson won the Prix St Georges on Northern Invador with 64.833%, second placed Heath Ryan claimed the Intermediaire I title with 69.250%. Heath saddled Greenoaks Dundee for the class and beat wife Rozzie Ryan who rode Greenoaks Legend. In the Inter I kur it was Rozzie who went for the blue with 71.150%.

Two Americans competed on loaned horses in the Prix St Georges Derby at the CDI Sydney. Former North American Young Riders' Champion Leslie Eden steered Buccaneer to a 53.700% score and finished seventh in the derby. Californian Patty Mayer rode Lou Lum and placed eighth with 53.350%. Best competing "foreign" rider was the Canadian Daphne Haagmans who placed 6th with 55.700% on Barnclueth Harvest Moon.

Photos courtesy: Franz Venhaus

Kalinina, Rehbein, Sidneva and Kemmer Shine at CDI Jozefin

Many German, more British and a bunch of Russian and Polish rider gathered for the CDI Jozefin in Jozefin, a small town near Warsaw, Poland. Four riders flashed regularly on the score board with a big # 1 behind their names and those were Elena Kalinina, Karin Rehbein, Elena Sidneva and Heike Kemmer. The Russian Elena Kalinina conquered the small tour riding Onegin, a Russian warmblood stallion. The duo dominated the Prix St Georges and the Intermediaire I with scores of 67,750% and 69,700%.

Kalinina had heavy competition from Russian team mate Ella Ivanova on Blesk and Germans Karin Rehbein on Placido (Pik Noir x Donnerhall) and Martina Hannover Sternberg with her newest hit Inara, a 9-year old Holsteiner mare. Rehbein and her Gronwoldhof bred Placido won the Inter I freestyle 70,425%

In the Grand Prix, Rehbein continued her string of success, this time on her long-time Grand Prix partner Domanio, a white Hanoverian gelding by Donnerhall x Wohlan. With 71,417% she beat her German friends Kemmer (Albano - 71,333% and Hannover Sternberg (Ratino H OLD - 70,000%). In the Grand Prix team competition, Germany won with three scores above 70%.

Finally riding some impressive scores were British Emma Hindle and her Hanoverian stallion Wie Weltmeyer. Although a combination since 2000, Hindle has never been able to pass the 65% at CDI's. In Jozefin, however, Hindle scored 67,760% in the Special. The class was won by Kemmer on Albano with 69,440%.

Russian Elena Sidneva took home two trophies, one for her winning ride in the Grand Prix Version B (72,125%) and one for the victory in the freestyle (76,050% ). Sidneva brought along quadruped partner Artax Condor and defeated twice Martina Hannover Sternberg on the Oldenburg stallion Ratino H (by Rubinstein).

Hattrick for Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff at CDN Bad Salzuflen

Although it's only a "national" dressage show, the German CDN in Bad Salzuflen is not less interesting. With some of Germany's A-team riders competing there, the show was a good barometer for the German level of competition in regard to the upcoming European Championships in August.

Winning the Prix St Georges and Intermediaire I was Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff on her newest acquisition Sterntaler. The dark bay Oldenburg licensed stallion by Sion x Manstein is an absolute scoring machine. With 1465 points in the PSG and 1499 in the Inter I, Linsenhoff scored far more than second placed Marion Henkel on Prinz Paul.

Linsenhoff, located in Kronberg, Germany, won her third class of the weekend in the Grand Prix Special. This team she rode her WEG mount Renoir Unicef (by Rubinstein). With 1910, Linsenhoff was again far ahead of the competition. Klaus Husenbeth and his Hanoverian Vechta Auction horse Piccolino placed second with 1876, while the winner of the Grand Prix, Nadine Capellmann and Gracioso came in third with 1823.

In the first qualifier of the Piaff Forderpreis, a special Grand Prix circuit for young riders who want to make a successful transition to the big tour, Maren Frychel and Christine Kaltenbock both claimed one blue ribbon. Ellen Schulten Baumer, the winner of the 2001 and 2002 Piaff Forderpreis, could do any better than a fourth place on Gina Royal OLD.

Bad Salzuflen is also the location for the annual Pony Derby. Two FEI pony tests determine the three finallists who have to compete on each other pony's to determine the Derby Winner. 2002 European Pony Champion Katharina Winkelhues won the derby. Not only did she win both qualifiers with Bundeschampionate winner Don Joshi, but she also won the Finals riding all three ponies to their best scores. Aboard her own Dressman Son, aboard Lydia Camp's Dulcia and on Kirsten Sieber's Velicia, Winkelhues always totalled the highest score and became the 2003 Bad Salzuflen Pony Derby "Sieger".

Text by Astrid Appels of eurodressage.com

Related Links
Eurodressage: Scores CDI Sydney
Eurodressage: Scores CDI Jozefin
Eurodressage: Scores CDN Bad Salzuflen
Eurodressage: Meet Katharina Winkelhues and Dressmann
Dressagedaily: Linsenhoff and Wahajama Win 2002 Nurnberg Burgpokal
Horsesdaily: 2002 World Equestrian Games