By Claartje van Andel
Photography: FEI Leanjo de Coster, FEI Liz Gregg
The dressage European Championships in Riesenbeck, Germany, could be termed as a gala show in one breath, and an event that saw personal bests tumble in another. It could also be considered another break-out year for team Great Britain – their first coming in 2011.
Dalera (Easy Game x Handrijk, breeder Silke Fass, owner Beatrice Bürchler-Keller) was crowned individual winner, while Great Britain scored only their second European Championship team gold medal after their first in 2011 in Rotterdam. As new mother Jessica von Bredow Werndl said: “Being a new mother, I find I’ve become an eve better listener...”
But, Riesenbeck definitely didn’t provide the much anticipated fireworks between Olympic champion Dalera and World champion Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale - Thuja x Negro, breeder J.W. Rodenburg), not did it present the shine of promising new dressage bloodlines – although, Christopher Hector’s armchair review which follows this article (page 15) does analyze a distinct changing of the old guard for future dressage breeding... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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