Schneider Dorothee, GER, Sezuan Final 7 years of age World Championship Young Dressage Horses Ermelo 2016 © Hippo Foto - Dirk Caremans

Sezuan is already a double world champion, and the Danish Warmblood stallion again proved to be invincible in the first Longines FEI/WBFSH dressage seven-year-old World Breeding Championship for Young Horses. With this result, the son of Blue Hors Zack, bred by Linette Jaeger, made history in Ermelo. What expression and what power. Dorothee Schneider rode the black pearl of Gestüt Peterhof in a technical masterclass to the winning score of 89.005% – a hat-trick for the black stallion, out of a Don Schufro mare, who received a 10 as a future prospect by the judges.

“Wow!”, summarized spokesperson of the judges Mariette Sanders-Gansewinkel – an assessment shared by the whole jury. “Sezuan has a very energetic, swinging and uphill trot in which he shows a good cadence: a 9.8. The fantastic walk has a beautiful four-beat and also receives a 9.8. The canter is his best gait, with enormous power. But today he was a little tense right before the flying chances, therefore ‘just’ a 9.4. A technical piece of art, but the tension in the changes and the hind legs together in the first pirouette resulted in a 9.3 for the submission. And the prospects… well, that could only be a 10!” Dorothee Schneider was on cloud nine with her third world championships title: “This is something extraordinary. I want to thank the owners that I can ride him. Sezuan is a sensational horse with three excellent gaits that always wants to work with me in the test and always wants to make me happy. I have been working at Gestüt Peterhof for about three-and-a-half years now and I think it’s incredible to ride such a horse. The Nurnberger Burg-Pokal is probably also on the planning for next year. Afterwards we will work on the piaffe and passage and prepare for the next step. We take things slow and let Sezuan be a horse. We will see when the time is right and he is ready for the next level.” In addition to the prize money, Dorothee Schneider also received a magnificent Longines watch. “I would like to thank the sponsor for and compliment the organization on this beautiful world championships. It was amazing, well done!"

“Wow!”, summarized spokesperson of the judges Mariette Sanders-Gansewinkel – an assessment shared by the whole jury. “Sezuan has a very energetic, swinging and uphill trot in which he shows a good cadence: a 9.8. The fantastic walk has a beautiful four-beat and also receives a 9.8. The canter is his best gait, with enormous power. But today he was a little tense right before the flying chances, therefore ‘just’ a 9.4. A technical piece of art, but the tension in the changes and the hind legs together in the first pirouette resulted in a 9.3 for the submission. And the prospects… well, that could only be a 10!” Dorothee Schneider was on cloud nine with her third world championships title: “This is something extraordinary. I want to thank the owners that I can ride him. Sezuan is a sensational horse with three excellent gaits that always wants to work with me in the test and always wants to make me happy. I have been working at Gestüt Peterhof for about three-and-a-half years now and I think it’s incredible to ride such a horse. The Nurnberger Burg-Pokal is probably also on the planning for next year. Afterwards we will work on the piaffe and passage and prepare for the next step. We take things slow and let Sezuan be a horse. We will see when the time is right and he is ready for the next level.” In addition to the prize money, Dorothee Schneider also received a magnificent Longines watch. “I would like to thank the sponsor for and compliment the organization on this beautiful world championships. It was amazing, well done!"