By Adriana van Tilburg
Photography: FEI/Christophe Tanniere
Five days of outstanding sport in Hamburg, Germany, without wearing a mask, and enjoying the regularly organized youngster class for seven- and eight-year-old horses. This year, it was Christian Hess who rode the seven-year-old Holsteiner mare Hyazinthe CR (Casall – Z-Chiffre CR x Clearway, Stamm 6786, breeder: Georg Clausen) to a title win.
Christian’s father Christoph Hess is a passionate trainer who has held various leadership positions at the FN (the German Equestrian Federation) and the German Olympic Committee for Equestrian Sports over the course of four decades. Talking about the FUNDIS Youngster Tour initiative, Christoph Hess said: “I think it’s fantastic, a great idea. Especially that it’s in Hamburg. Hamburg is a very special place with the natural obstacles that are here for the Derby. I think it’s a really good initiative to have it on the, generally, let’s say ‘normal’ showgrounds at the national and international level. But it is especially good to have it here. That is something special for the young horses. My son rode here with the grey mare Hyazinthe CR, and she was already looking between the natural obstacles that she had to go through. That’s something the horses don’t know at all and in that respect I think it’s a very good concept.
“There used to be Pulvermann's grave, banks, different ditches everywhere on the country showgrounds. That is no longer the case today, where it’s a sand arena with a Liverpool where horses only see nominal colourful obstacles, so I think it’s great here. It’s good for the horses, good for the riders and in the end good for the Hamburg Derby.”
This class was also very good for discovering interestingly bred horses. The seven-year-old Holsteiner-bred gelding Cashtender (Casall - Wonne S x Contender, Stamm 6879, breeder: LVP-Stables) under sadde of Frederic Tillmann, finished fourth on the second day. His third generation dam is Korrada S – a full sister toCorrado I (Cor de la Bryère -Soleil x Capitol I, breeder: Eduard Struve).
The Zangersheide-bred mare Casual DV Z (Cornet Obolensky - Just Me D x Cicero Z van Paemel, breeder: Devos Stables) placed eighth under the saddle of Pieter Devos. Her dam Just Me D jumped at 1m60 under the saddle of Pieter Devos, while grandmother Nistria de Lauzelle (Skippy II) produced three 1m60 and one 1m70 horses... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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