Jennifer Hoffman’s 6-Year-Old Westphalian Stallion Rubinio to Represent USA at Verden, Germany

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky, June 4–The black Westphalian stallion Rubinio (Rubin Royal x Farina by Florestan I) owned by Jennifer Hoffman of California will represent the United States in the six-year-old division at the FEI World Breeding Championships in Verden, Germany Aug. 5-9.

Rubinio ridden by Jennifer Hoffman. Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Hoffman
Rubinio ridden by Jennifer Hoffman. Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Hoffman

Rubinio, bred in Germant by Jürgen Bunge, represented the U.S. as a five-year-old at Verden, placing fifth out of 39 horses in the small final with a score of 8.06.

The selection of Rubinio, owned by Hoffman of Encinitas, Calif., was announced by the U.S. Equestrian Federation on Thursday with the final results of the 2009 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials that were held in Illinois, California and North Carolina. Rubinio was the only horse to meet the short list criteria of earning an overall score of 8.2 or better at one of the Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trials or an international competition.

Rubinio, ridden by Carola Koppelmann, qualified by winning the Bundeschampionate class with a score of 8.2 in Haftenkamp, Germany in mid-May.

The first Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Selection Trial was held at CDI 3*/Y/J Wayne & Dressage at Lamplight in Wayne, Illinois May 15–17. In the six-year-old division, Kassandra Barteau rode her own chestnut Hanoverian gelding AliKo (Londonderry x Diana by Donnerhall, bred in the United States by Karen Pliszka) to an overall score of 6.956 to win the championship. Reserve champion, with an overall score of 6.912, was the bay Hanoverian mare Bijoux (Bugatti Hilltop x Whimsical L by Wallstreet Kid, bred in the United States by Margaret Drury) ridden by Missy Fladland for owner Janet Rolfs. No five-year-olds competed.

The Western Selection Trial was held at Dressage at Flintridge, May 22–24 in La Canada-Flintridge, Calif. For the five-year-olds, champion was Louise Koch riding her own black Westphalian stallion San Shivago (Sandro Hit x Donna by Donnerhall, bred in Germany by Walter Huning) to an overall score of 8.024. Sabine Schut-Kery rode the brown Westphalian mare Adora’s Radiant Heart (Fuerst Piccolo x Stutbuch 1 Majoli by Montmartre, bred in Germany by Eckhard Niedermowwe) to reserve champion for owner Alice Womble with a score of 7.872.

Sweeping the six-year-old division was Holly Reimers’ dark brown Oldenburg stallion Sandomere (Sandro Hit x Romina by Ramiro’s Match, bred in Germany by Marion Menck), ridden by Merrie Velden to an overall score of 7.684. Reserve champion with 7.244 was Jo Moran and Walking on Sunshine (Worldly x Donna E. by Davignon, bred in Germany by Hans-Wilhelm Schmoldt), a dark bay Hanoverian mare owned by Robin Shearer.

The final Selection trial was held at CDI-W/Y/J Raleigh & Capital Dressage Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina May 29–31. Champion of the five-year-old division with an overall two-test score of 7.584 was Helene (Hohenstein x Wallenta by Weltruhm, bred in Germany by Dr. & Mrs. Hans H. Hoppe). The black Hanoverian mare was ridden by Teresa Butta for owner Dr. Jim Bond. Reserve champion was Margaret Miller’s Lord Sisley (Lord Sinclair x Landlady by Landadel, bred in Germany by Heinz Schulze), a bay Oldenburg gelding ridden by Elly Schobel to an overall score of 7.352. The six-year-old championship was won by Warsteiner (Riverman x Welona by Roemer, bred in the Netherlands by H. Davelaar), a chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding ridden and owned by Heather Mason for a score of 8.004. Reserve championship was awarded to Pikko Del Cerro HU (Pik L x Roweena by Rohdiamant, bred in the United States by Horses Unlimited, Inc.), a bay Hanoverian stallion ridden by Mikala Gundersen for owner Horses Unlimited, Inc. to an overall score of 7.9.