Mares Rule in Top Position After the 5-Year-Old Preliminary Test at the World Dressage Championships in Verden

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Verden - British Grand Prix rider Michael Eilberg won aboard Lynne Crowdon's Westphalian mare Woodlanders Farouche the first qualification for the 5 year old dressage horses. Farouche is by former World champion Fürst Heinrich out of a Dimaggio dam. Lynne Crowdon is her breeder and owner. Woodlanders Farouche is a beautiful, expressive horse with three very good gaits: 9.5 for the trot, 9.7 for the walk and 9.2 for canter. She is loose and elegant and everything looks so easy. "She is just a dream!" said Michael, "I love the trot, always uphill and she is very relaxed."

In second place another mare, Damon's Divene (Damon Hill x Rubin Royal) ridden by Helen Langehanenberg for Germany. Damon's Divene is also a Westphalian bred mare out of a former World champion. The dark chestnut excells in walk, has a loose and elastic trot and canter.

Two horses were placed on the third position. For France the Hannovarian stallion Swing de Hus (San Remo x Wonderland) ridden by Jessica Michel and for Belgium the KWPN approved stallion IPS Bon Bravour (Painted Black x Chronos) ridden by Tom Franckx-Goen. Both stallions have a lot of expression and swinging paces.

The qualifier was of high quality, the first 12 horses were all pointed higher than 8! It will be an exciting final on Saturday.

Text Anne Boogman, pictures Marjon Hoen for dressagedirect
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