Euro Update: Werth Wins CDN M

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Isabell Werth became the big winner at the national dressage competition in Münster, better known as the Rolinck Cup or now named the KK Cup. Aboard the Oldenburg branded Apache OLD, she won the Special tour, scoring 72.417% in the Grand Prix and 73.72% in the Special. Hubertus Schmidt and Martina Teichert's Hanoverian mare Wansuela Suerte placed second twice. Making a come back after a long absence from competition, Wansuela showed her usual weaknesses, the extended walk, and strengths, a harmonious piaffe and passage.

photo copyrighted: Barbara Schnell

Isabell Werth and Hubertus Schmidt's rides notwithstanding, the CDN in Munster wasn't a show dominated by big names. But its Grand Prix competitions were still as interesting as they were enjoyable because they presented a whole bunch of promising new youngsters -- both two- and four-legged. 23-year-old Anna-Katharina Lüttgen had brought two horses to Münster. With Zancor, she qualified for the Special and placed 8th two times. With Duvalier, she went for the freestyle, which she won with almost 74%. Danish Lone Jörgensen presented Donna Asana, a rising eight-year old mare by Don Schufro owned by herself. The horse moves beautifully and is a wonderful match for Lone, who knew where to stop with such a young horse and did not ride the freestyle because of the mares age. View Scores and Photo Report

CDN Verden: Schulten-Baumer and Husenbeth Win

At the small indoor competition in Verden, Germany, Ellen Schulten-Baumer and Klaus Husenbeth were the winners of the big tour classes. Aboard her new Grand Prix horse River of Joy, Schulten-Baumer won the Grand Prix with 69.44%. Husenbeth and his routinier Piccolino placed second with 68.264% and won the Special with 70.067%. View Scores.

Dressage Couples: Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud

Not very often does one get to see two international Grand Prix riders sharing a personal and professional life. Riders who live with or are married to their trainers are much more common than two riders who are partners, lovers, and collaborating professionals as well as competitors in the show ring.

One of those high profile celebrity couples in the dressage world are Dutch team riders Edward Gal and Hans-Peter Minderhoud. While Gal enjoyed his biggest fame aboard the KWPN stallion Lingh finishing second at the 2005 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas and winning team silver at the 2005 European Championships and 2006 World Equestrian Games, Minderhoud and the KWPN mare Nadine became members of the Dutch Grand Prix team in 2007 and won historic team gold for Holland at the 2007 European Championships in Turin, Italy. These are big achievements shared by two riders. There must be a secret to it besides them getting the opportunity to ride top quality dressage horses.

Their professional partnership entails regular review of each other's riding. "We ride together every day and once in a while Hans-Peter helps me by watching and telling me how it looks," Edward Gal told Eurodressage. Hans-Peter said that they sometimes even ride each other's horses to check how the horse feels. Especially towards competitions, the collaboration becomes stronger. Read full interview

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