Roval Investment, Investment For The Future!

by Astrid Appels

Undisputed winner of the 5 year old division at the 1999 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Arnhem, The Netherlands, was Roval Investment. The white socked chestnut gelding distinguised himself from the pack with his uphill canter and swinging, active trot.

German judge Christoph Hess was very pleased with Roval Investment's performances throughout the competition. "We can easily debate on the quality of the entered horses. Several of them could be the rightful champion but I think that Roval Investment shows the greatest potential to become an international dressage horse."

The Dutch Birgitt van der Eyken did an excellent job presenting this high sensitive and easily tensed KWPN youngster (by Investment x Uniek). Roval and Birgitt only formed a pair for three weeks but the combination clearly seemed to match. Last year the chestnut gelding was ridden by Madeleine Vrees who ended up fourth in the 1998 Pavo Cup Circuit with this mount.

Breeder Mr. Bekkers and owner Mr van Eeuwen could not but smile when their horse was laureled as the overall champion of the 5 year olds and as the new World Champion.

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