No author or artist could have created a nicer end of the first season of the Exquis World Dressage Masters than the reality in Hickstead proved. The fourth edition of the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI***** delivered an amazing nine year old winner reaching a world record score in the Freestyle, Moorland’s Totilas and Edward Gal. Emotions ran high and many tears were spread just because of the undoubted beauty of the contest and the amazing spectacle.
It was like it had to be. Moorland’s Totilas is owned by Tosca and Kees Visser from Moorland Investment and Moorland Stables. Together with Antony Kies of Exquis they were the initiators of the new series Exquis World Dressage Masters. Now their own horse very emotionally took the major prize. “I have no words for this, it’s too much”, Tosca Visser simply said.
Photo: Caroline Finch - International Dressage Press Photographer - caroline-finch.co.uk
For the Dutch, Hickstead provided the final official chance to get nominated for the Dutch team at the EC Dressage in Windsor in August forthcoming. Edward Gal still officially needed a minimum Grand Prix results of 64% to be allowed to compete at championship anyway. With his exciting new big tour horse Moorland’s Totilas he reached for 15% more and rode no less than 79,745% in Grand Prix, followed by his amazing unofficial world record score of 89,400% in the Freestyle.
He was not the only pair that was surrounded by emotions. The Dutch revelation of the indoor season, three times WC™ qualifier winner Adelinde Cornelissen, again showed her piaffe and passage miracle Parzival to his advantage, becoming the runner up twice with 76,553% in Grand Prix and 82,200% in the Freestyle. Adelinde was very happy and especially relieved because Parzival didn’t show any freaky reaction or fear at all and just was with her doing his job.
Photo Credit: Ken Braddick
The third pair surrounded by emotions was homerider British Laura Bechtolsheimer showing Mistral Hojris in her brand new Freestyle created by Cees Slings. She rode a national record score for Great Britain in Grand Prix in London in December. She became third with 81,800%.
While British international dressage events have struggled in the past to encourage big names to cross the channel to compete, due to the attractive prize money of €100.000,-, the highest ever for dressage in the UK, more European riders will cross the channel now.
American Leslie Morse and Tip Top were very happy with their arrival over the ocean visiting the Exquis World Dressage Masters in Hickstead. They won the Grand Prix Special, a test that had the attractive prize money of € 30.000,-
From her three compatriots Maria Eilberg, Fiona Bigwood and Jane Gregory, the youngest Maria Eilberg will have convinced team chef Richard Davison the most to get elected as the fourth rider in the British team for the EC.
The Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI***** at Hickstead also offered spectacular evening entertainment including the Eventing and Show Jumping Dressage Challenge plus Taster’s from Tanya Larrigan’s ‘Magic of the Horse’, the Dressage at Hickstead Quadrille and more.
Television and internet transmission (delayed) has been provided by www.horseandcountry.tv. Dutch Olympian Hans Peter Minderhoud will blog on this website.
Next month new plans on the developments, more ideas, the WDM Nürnberger Ranking and new partners for Exquis WDM will be announced.
More on the show in Hickstead on www.dressageathickstead.com