Dutch Leida Collins-Strijk made the right choice this weekend. She refrained from the Dutch indoor championships dressage and made her choice for competing in Germany in Braunschweig. She won the Grand Prix and became the runner up in the Special.
Leida Collins-Strijk and On Top won the Grand Prix and became runner up in the Special in Braunschweig Picture courtesy www.loewenclassics.de
Her light and elegant horse On Top has no weaknesses in the lectures, but he is easily distracted and disturbed. Sometimes On Top is sparkling and impressive, sometimes he is overreacting and tensed and fails to improve the judges. After minor performances at the CDI-W London and CDI-W Amsterdam Leida Collins-Strijk and her trainer Diederik Wigmans worked on more diversity and challenges in the training. Diederik Wigmans explains: “We have concentrated on training On Top on several locations, even in the wood. Something which seems very helpful as well is to schedule clinics, like a nice one recently in Peer in Belgium together with Hans Peter Minderhoud and Jeannette Haazen. This all is very helpful to get On Top used to special circumstances and audiences. At least now in Braunschweig he showed to have benefitted from the training! He putted his faith in Leida and that’s what it’s all abouth.”
Because of the audience that reacted very enthusiastically in the prize giving ceremony, On Top again was a little bit tensed in the second test and didn’t do a proper halt and salute, which cost him the victory.
German profession Hubertus Schmidt showed two horses to his advantage. Dutch-bred Prego was bred and schooled to Grand Prix by the late Dutch Els Janssen and sold to Italian rider Anna Paprocka. Now her trainer Hubertus Schmidt took over the ride and became runner up in the Grand Prix and winner of the Freestyle to music.