Victoria’s Secret new world champion 5-year-olds
Victoria’s Secret is the new bearer of the title world champion of the five-year-old dressage horses. “A real superstar,” says the chairman of the judges Francis Verbeek. Beatrice Buchwald convincingly steered the by Walther Schulte-Böcker bred mare, last year the champion at the Bundeschampionat for mares and geldings, to the victory at the National Equestrian Centre at Ermelo.
Group of competitors in final of seven-year-olds complete
This morning the seven-year-old horses made their appearance in the small final to obtain one of the three wanted tickets for the final tomorrow. The Swedisch Ida-Linn Lundholm rode her Zenon-son Eclectisch to 76.178%, the winning score. Eclectisch is an amazing horse with a beautiful front.
He was followed by Eastpoint and the Dutch rider Lynne Maas. Eastpoint is a son of Westpoint that himself was crowned world champion at the age of six. The happy Eastpoint showed a pleasant test in which the canter formed the highlight. The end result was 74.744%.
Bohemian wins small final 6-year-olds
The 27 six-year-olds that did not place themselves directly for the final yesterday, re-entered the arena this morning for the small final. In this class they competed for the last three tickets for the prestigious final that starts Sunday morning from 11.00hrs onwards. Bohemian (s.Bordeaux), Rock Forever II (s.Rockwell) and Fiera Girl (s.Faustinus) all scored above 80% and thereby made up the top three.
The Danish rider Katrine Kraglund steered her dark chestnut Bohemian to 82.40%. Hereby he slightly outperformed the other Westphalian-bred horse Rock Forever II. Bohemian received an 8.4 for his trot and 8.3 for his perspective, his highest mark was an 8.7 for the walk, but this was bested by Rock Forever II. The Rockwell-gelding was presented by Ann-Kathrin Wilting and obtained a 8.9 for this gait. However, he in turn had to give in on the trot and this resulted in a second place with 82.20%.
Vitalis also triumphs in Stallions of the Year’s Freestyle to Music
The Freestyle to Music for stallions of eight years and older was, just like the Prix St. George on Thursday, won by the Vivaldi-stallion Vitalis. Presented by the Norwegian rider Isabel Freese, he moved to the winning score of 74.542%. The beautifully modelled stallion moved with a lot of presence and showed an expressive trot in his flashy Kür. What makes this result extra impressive is the fact that Vitalis has been with Freese for only a short time. “I have been riding Vitalis since September 2015, this is our third show. During the previous shows in Germany we obtained a first and second place. Nevertheless, I had no clue what to expect from this competition. Of course I am very happy that it went so well and that we even won the class.”
Although Vitalis has not been a resident in the stables of the Norwegian rider for that long, the pair already forms a great combination.
Excellent Dressage Sales: Four Legends absolute top seller
The first edition of the Excellent Dressage Sales that was organised, with support of KWPN on the magnificently decorated terrains of the National Equestrian Centre, is one for the books. The KWPN-approved stallion Four Legends (s.Wynton) was the absolute top seller of the auction. The in-hand presented stallion was sold for 605.000 euro. The most expensive foal was Lady Jane (s.Apache) that descends from the same damline. The full brother of dressage legend Valegro leaves the Netherlands for 50.000 euro.