The 5-year old San Rubin and the 6-year old Kaiserdom have won the Dressage Horse Finals at the 2005 Bundeschampionate, the German Young Horse Championships in Warendorf, Germany. The 15 horses that made it to the ultimate finals on Saturday and Sunday September 3-4, 2005, were of high quality and rideability. Classical riding, in which relaxation, looseness and harmony prevailed, was being appreciated by the judges.
Aboard Stephen and Laurie Browning's San Rubin (Sandro Hit x Rubinstein), Dr. Ulf Möller aced the leader board with a 9.3 score. The judges praised San Rubin for his "looseness and good contact with the bit. The uphill canter is outstanding and the walk is well regulated and loose in the body." With a score of 9.3, Möller won his sixth Bundeschampion's title in his career. Owner Stephen Browning has been training with Moller at Hof Kasselmann this summer and is flying San Rubin home to California on September 21st.
The Hanoverian mare Funny Girl (Federweisser x Alonso) became reserve champion, followed by the Hanoverian stallion Laudabilis (Lauries Crusador x Warkant) in third place.
The 6-year division was dominated by a Trakehner stallion. Kaiserdom (Van Deyk x Gajus) followed the footsteps of his older brother Kaisercult, who won the 6-year old Championships last year. Under Kathrin Meyer zu Strohen, Kaiserdom ran a beautiful test. Upon entering the ring, the horse immediately made a big impression with his natural uphill carriage. There was a light contact with the bit and he smoothly performed the traversal movements. The canter work was balanced and only the fourth flying change tampered with the overall perfection of the ride.
Meyer zu Strohen rode her second horse Belissimo M (Beltain x Romadour II) to the Reserve Champion's title. Carola Koppelmann and the Trakehner stallion Insterburg (Hohenstein x Giorgio Armani) won the bronze.
Text and Photo by Astrid Appels/Eurodressage
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