A Fürst Wilhelm son out of a Lord Sinclair dam, Fürst William won the class for four-year-old stallions on the first day of the dressage World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Ermelo, Netherlands. Ridden by Severo Jurado Lopez, the striking bay stallion moved with relaxed ease throughout the test and was rewarded with a whopping score of 92%. Chairman of the judges Mariette Sanders-Gansewinkel was wildly enthusiastic about the Oldenburger stallion. “This horse has so much potential, you can already see the qualities for the higher levels! In the extended walk the stallion could have showed more overstep, but given this quality he still receives an 8. The light-footed trot gets a 9. The canter is like a textbook example: since we are not allowed to grade an 11, he receives a 10. Severo presented the stallion in a fantastic manner and as the test proceeded, the harmony improved even more: a 9.5. What a talented horse, for his prospectiveness we gave him a 9.5!” KWPN stallion Henkie (Alexandro P x Uperville) finished In a close second with 91% in the hands of Adelinde Cornelissen.
In the qualifier for five year olds, Victoria’s Secret (Vitalis) was by far the best out of the 45 combinations presenting their dressage talents in a full-day’s programme. The mare was described as a horse “to die for” and was beautifully ridden by Germany’s Beatrice Buchwald to score 93.40%. But, as everyone knows, things can quickly change in the heat of the competition arena.
Today, July 29, the programme in Ermelo includes the qualifying rounds for six- and seven-year-old horses, the small final for five year olds, and the ‘Dressage Stallions of the Year’ – a class for eight year and older.