Yesterday the Hanovarian mare Scara Boa took the gold medal at the World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden. She was the undisputed winner of the five year old class. The Oldenburg stallion Floricello with Andreas Helgstrand took the silver medal and the KWPN stallion Dorado and Emmelie Scholtens the bronze. After the first part of the final for the five year old dressage horses the Danish rider Andreas Helgstrand and the Oldenburg stallion Floricello (Florencio x Dormello) took the lead. Especially the very expressive trot was striking 9.8. Unless a little mistake in the counter-canter the judges Fouarge (NED), Van Daele (BEL), Zang (USA) and Phillips (GBR) were positive about the test and rewarded the combination with 8.72.
Very close came the Dutch stallion Dorado (Krack C x Rousseau) ridden by Emmelie Scholtens. The beautiful and talented chesnut got a total of 8.70 points. The not so fluent transitions were quite heavily punished, for the submission only 7.9.
In the second section the two Dutch top horses Desperado (s. Vivaldi) and Dancer also sired by Vivaldi had remarkable faults in their tests. Both had problems in the counter canter and transitions. Especially for Kirsten Brouwer it was sad, Dancer is one of the most talented horses in his class. He showed a lot of ability and the trot was really magnificent, he got a ten the highest mark of the day.
The Danish mare Svalegard Hottie (Hotline x De Noir) ridden by Maria Anita Andersen got high marks and ended fourth with 8.66, although the mare is not that quick behind and had to show more self-carriage.
The last starter Lena Stegemann and Scara Boa showed a very nice test, everything looked really easy. The mare got again the highest mark for submissiveness: 10! Also the basic gaits were of good quality: 9.5 trot, 9.7 walk and 9.0 for the canter. For the general impression they scored a 9.8 and the final score: 9.60.
Victory for Mango Statesman in Small Final
The Hanoverian-bred Mango Statesman (Sandro Hit x Brentano II) with the Spanish rider Jordi Domingo Coll won the small final for the six year olds. The small final was not a spectacular class but Mango Statesman was a pleasant exception. Statesman showed a beautiful trot and he did all the exercises with ease. The second place was for Discovery ridden by Heiner Schiergen. The Oldenburger gelding by Dimaggio had a total of 7,90 points. Another Sandro Hit, San Andreas (ds. Walt Disney I) with Jauden Brown (Australia) ended third with 7.70 and may return to the finals Sunday.
1. Mango Statesman (Sandro Hit x Brentano II) Jordi Domingo Coll 8.4 7.2 8.1 7.8 8.2 7.94
2. Discovery OLD (Dimaggio x Classiker) Heiner Schiergen 7.8 8.0 7.9 7.8 8.0 7.90
3. San Andreas (Sandro Hit x Walt Disney I) Jayden Brown 8.2 8.0 7.8 7.0 7.5 7.70