Two Hannoverians and one KWPN earned the best scores of the 'new' four-year-old test class at the 2022 edition of the FEI Longines WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championship for Young Horses in Ermelo, the Netherlands.
The convincing winner was the bay stallion St Atletique (Blue Hors St Schufro x Hofrat) shown by Heiko Klausing with a final score of 8.72. Blue Hors St Schufro is also proving to be pre-eminent at this world championship having also sired two interesting mares who will contest the five-year-old final.
Four-year-old runner-up was the chestnut Nanny McPhee (Vitalis x Sorento) – a formidable result given that the mare was bred and ridden by her owner, Judith Ribbels (8.70). Nanny McPhee received high marks of 9.2 for both her walk and canter.
Third place was reserved for the winner of the preliminary test, the bay Hannoverian-bred mare Fall In Love (Blue Hors Farrell x San Amour) shown by Svenja Grimm. Her 8.9 mark for submission was the highest score recorded by all three of the top-placed finalists.
Claartje van Andel