Twofold world champion Sezuan far ahead in rankings
Twofold world champion Sezuan succeeded to impress the judges once again this year. The black son of Blue Hors Zack impressed this morning with his fantastic uphill canter, for which he received a whopping 10. The judges also granted him the ultimate grade for his perspective as a dressage horse. Chairman Dr. Dietrich Plewa: “Sezuan was in top shape today. Of course he possesses lots of talent, great movements and a very good canter by nature. However, today also the technical aspect of his test was perfectly executed, and this is remarkable for a horse of only seven years old. Furthermore, he performed all the figures with lots of expression and without any pressure. That’s exactly what we want to see.” A 9.3 for the trot, an 8.0 for the walk and a 9.5 for the submission brought the score to a magnificent total of 95.200%. The technical score of 81.64% meant an average of 88.420% and caused the black Oldenburg an DWB approved stallion to grab the lead.

 
Great Lady TC wins small final five-year-old horses
Yesterday the first qualification of the five-year-old horses took place. The best 12 combinations placed themselves directly for the final on Saturday, the remaining pairs competed for the last three starting places in the small final today. Jeanine Nieuwenhuis and Great Lady TC (s.Bretton Woods) put the best score on the scoreboard: 83.80%. The trot was rewarded with an 8.9 and the canter and perspective received an 8.7. Following close in second place was Carina Cassoe Krüth and her DWB-bred Heiline’s Danciera (83.60%). This Fürstenball-mare stood out in her trot and this gait was deservedly marked with a 9.3. Claudia Rüscher and Baccardi (s.Belissimo M) were the third pair to earn a ticket for the prestigious final on Saturday. This German combination also followed number 1 and 2 closely with a score of 83.00%. Chairman of the judges Francis Verbeek: “We were able to add three incredible horses to the final tomorrow. It’s a pity we cannot invite today’s number 4, Rockson with Severo Jurado Lopez, as well. This is also a lovely horse. Still, the top three was clearly ahead of the rest today. The winner Great Lady TC set a much better performance than yesterday. Her rider Jeanine Nieuwenhuis was crowned European Champion of the Young Riders last week and that may have caused a lighter training for this horse in the past week. Today they were on top of their game again. Also the number 2 is an amazing horse with an incredible trot. We are excited and have a very good feeling about these three horses going to the final. Together with the 12 horses that have placed themselves yesterday, it promises to be a wonderful competition. I am looking forward to it!”
 
Vitalis wins Stallions of the Year
This afternoon Vitalis convincingly won the Stallions of the Year Prix St. George class with his Norwegian rider Isabel Freese (74.298%). The chestnut stallion, sire of Victoria’s Secret, the talented winner of the qualifications for the five-year-olds yesterday, showed where the mare got her incredible qualities from. The Vivaldi-son made a few mistakes, but left no doubt about his talent for the future.
Vitalis was the vice champion of the NRW-Hauptkörung in Westphalia Germany 2009 and also participated in the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in Verden. Chairman of the judges Jacques van Daele: “This class entailed a lot of quality, but Vitalis was head and shoulders above the rest. He scored good marks for his basis gaits. Today he was a bit short in the neck, but if that improves in the Freestyle tomorrow he will easily score 80%. He performs the test with so much quality and little effort: a horse that makes you sit on the edge of your seat.”
 
Former champion Fiontini in the lead at 6-year-olds
Last year the national anthem was played for Fiontini, the daughter of Fassbinder that was followed in the rankings by her full sister Fiontina. Once again, Severo Jurado Lopez steered the quick mare to the highest score in the qualification round for the six-year-olds. With a 9.5 for the canter, a 9.2 for the trot and an 8.9 for the walk she once more showed her qualities in the basis gaits. She danced through the main arena at the National Equestrian Centre in Ermelo, where the judges rewarded her with an 8.5 for submission and a 9 for perspective. No one was within reach of the 90.20%. A very happy Severo commented: “I think we have a good chance of winning on Sunday!”.
Kirsten Brouwer presented the chestnut stallion Five Star, a son of Amazing Star, and the pair received lovely score as well: 87% was the average of last year’s number 6. The top three was completed by Sir Olli (s.Sir Donnerhall) and Ann-Christin Wienkamp, that followed Five Star closely with a score of 86.80%. The stallion received a 9 for his canter.