By Adriana van Tilburg

The classes are getting smaller, with fewer than half of those qualified for the showjumping classes actually participating in the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf. One rider said: “Ten years ago we had 25 tents with horses, and now maybe 12. Interest is getting less and less.” So maybe it’s time to consider improvements for this championship, and to look at whether young horse events in other countries are facing similar problems. More, importantly, how they deal with it.

René Tebbel stated the following: “We have already come for many years to Warendorf and this year we missed the international aspect with the judges. A horseman with international experience, or a horseman from outside Germany. I am certain that it would improve the overall judging system.” He continued by saying; “We were very happy with our own horses. But we are worried – and, by we, I speak for a lot of riders – about the organization and the procedures of the Bundeschampionat. With the six-year-olds there were 83 horses competing, and 68 with the five-year-olds. Qualified throughout Germany were three or four times as many.”
In total, there were 841 horses and ponies in Warendorf, many with unfamiliar bloodlines.

Jumping horses

There were 190 five-year-old horses qualified, with 76 competing in Warendorf, dropping to 36 in the final round in which the Holsteiner Studbook claimed the win with a very special mare. Charisma HS (Uriko - Coco 312 x Cassito, Stamm 503, bred by Christoph Schmidt) was a very interesting mare and had very good notes. The direct branch of this Stamm is quite small and without many sport results, although the great-grandmother Perle XIV (Cardino - Hyanzinte x Liostro, bred by Frieda Groth) jumped at 1m40. The mare is owned by the former jumper rider Hugo Simon and it was the first time that he had horses at this young horse championship.
In the top 10, or rather the top 11 as two horses finished equal in 10th place, there were four horses representing the Holsteiner Studbook, three horses from OS, two Westfalians, and two Hanoverians...

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