Fiontini ridden by Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez (Hippofoto)

She received a 10 for future prospect: Fiontini, the daughter of Fassbinder who was already crowned world champion in the 2015 edition. This year, the bay Danish Warmblood mare, out of a Romanov dam, made a big impression with her incredible elasticity and balance. Bred by Hanne Lund and Hendrik Hansen, eye-catcher Fiontini was presented in a fantastic manner by her rider Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez. The pair was the audience’s ultimate favourite. After her performance the applause kept on going, signalling how much the audience had enjoyed this marvellous talent for the future. 

Maria Colliander, chairman of the judges said: “The walk was a highlight, so relaxed in a wonderful rhythm. What was interesting was how well the horse collected in the medium-walk and before the pirouettes; a 9.8. The horse has lovely clear ground cover in the trot, although at times Severo must be careful that it does not become a passage. But I must mention that the extension totally blew us away. The canter has such an active hind leg and it placed so well under the body. Wonderful propulsion with a great extension and she came back so well: a 9.7. On the submission there is still room for improvement, the natural bending could be better and the one-change was not so fluent as the mare anticipated a bit, which caused tension: 8.9. What a talent for the future, she receives a 10 for future prospect”. This brought the total to a magnificent 95.80%. Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez, who will board a plane to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games tomorrow (Monday), was exceedingly proud of his mare. “She gives you a fantastic feeling and is always focused. I am extremely happy that she could show her qualities here, so everyone could see her talent. She deserves that!”