Euro Update: Canadian Young Rider Brittany Fraser Buys KWPN Stallion Tolando

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

This week's Euro Update reports on the sale of the KWPN licensed stallion Tolando to the Canadian Young Rider Brittany Fraser. The Krack C x Rubinstein stallion will be Fraser's new Young Rider's horse and hopeful for the Pan American Games. In Germany, the 2009 Preis der Besten youth riders championship took place in Warendorf. Sönke and Sanneke Rothenberger as well as Kirsten Sieber were the grand champions of the weekend.

Canadian Young Rider Brittany Fraser Buys KWPN Stallion Tolando

The 20-year old Canadian Young Rider Brittany Fraser has purchased the KWPN stallion Tolando (by Krack C x Rubinstein) as her new hopeful for the 2009 North American Young Riders Championships and for the upcoming Pan American Games.

Fraser, who hails from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, competed at the 2009 Dressage in Florida shows with Furio, a13-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding. She is being coached by Ruth Koch, Albrecht Heidemann and Chris von Martels.

The 9-year old Tolando was owned by Joop van Uytert, Quirien van Erp and his breeder Willy Wijnen. He is by Krack C out of keur mare Narina (by Rubinstein x Sultan). He won the 2003 KWPN Stallion Performance Test for dressage horses and was initially competed by Hans Peter Minderhoud and Edward Gal. The duo finished third at the 2005 Pavo Cup Finals and won the KWPN Stallion Competition in 2005-2006. Theo Hanzon showed the stallion at small tour level.

The stallion will be gelded before his flight to Canada. "He was often distracted in the show ring because he's a stallion," Hanzon explained. "The new owners decided to have him castrated which I think it's the solution for Tolando. The new owner will have a super Young Riders horse. They fit well together and she could ride a whole Prix St Georges test during the first try out."

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Rothenberger Kids and Sieber Win 2009 Preis der Besten

The Rothenberger kids, Sönke and Sanneke, and Kirsten Sieber have won the 2009 Preis der Besten in Warendorf, Germany, May 15 - 17, 2009. The Preis der Besten is a mid-season championship and evaluation of the current show level of the German pony, junior and young riders. The competition is held at the German Olympic Equestrian Centre in Warendorf, Germany. The show counts as an important selection trial for the constitution of the German teams for the European Pony, Junior and Young Riders Championships.

The current European Pony Champion Sönke Rothenberger and his palomino licensed stallion Deinhard B (by Dornik B) were unbeatable in the FEI pony division. Sönke won round one with 75,278% which covered a full three percentage point advantage to second placed Florine Kienbaum's aboard Frederiksbergs Mozart. In the Kur to Music finals, Rothenberger posted a record score of 78,83% to win the class (and the championship). Kienbaum became reserve champion in the end ranking.

Sönke's older sister Sanne Rothenberger reigned supreme in the junior riders division. Aboard the 8-year old Oldenburg bred World Young Horse Champion Deveraux (by De Niro), Rothenberger won the first round with 72.432 % and the Kur with 77.550 % taking home the overall Junior Riders' title. With her European Junior Riders Championship gold medal winning horse Paso Doble (by Don Primero) she finished fourth overall.

Dortmund based Kirsten Sieber left no doubt about it that she was the strongest rider in the young rider division at the 2009 Preis der Besten. Astride her chestnut 11-year old Holsteiner gelding Charly (by Chagallo x Calvadur), Sieber won round 1 with 71.368 % and the Kur with 75,9%. Both rides were mistake free. "For a while now I have been training with Klaus Balkenhol once or twice a week, focusing especially on the piaffe and passage tour. Charly has developed so much because of this. Since then the transitions and the difficult movements have become much easier," said the 20-year old Sieber, who is currently studying finance.

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