Dutch Combination Astrix 7 and Emmelie Scholtens win 5 year-old World Championship

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Astrix 7 and Emmelie Scholtens. New 5 year-old World Champions ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Astrix 7 and Emmelie Scholtens. New 5 year-old World Champions ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

By Ilse Schwarz

VERDEN, Germany, Aug. 07 With a score of 9.18, Emmelie Schultens and Astrix 7  of the Netherlands add the 5 year-old  World Championship to the long list of Championships won by the Dutch in 2010. Second and third place were captured by Germany’s Claudia Rüscher on the stallions Lissaro van de Helle (9.08) and Schumacher (8.76). The black stallion Astrix (Obelisk – Olivi), owned by Stal Perlee made a wonderful impression as he entered the arena with his big impressive and expressive trot. It was apparent that Emmelie was making as certain as possible that she captured consecutive gold medals, she won the 6 year old final in 2009 on Westpoint.

Astrix really captured the judges attention with his trot, scoring 9.3. It was nicely uphill with good activity in the hindlegs. He also showed one of the best stretching circles, softly taking the rein and stretching to slightly in front of the vertical. The walk was a highlight with 9.5. In the canter he did have a few hiccups. At the beginning it was a little rushed and took a moment to find good balance and could still have shown more of an uphill tendency, especially in the counter canter. Nevertheless it was good enough for 8.9. Their final score of 9.18 did leave the door slightly open for the remaining riders, so there was excitement in the audience until the final ride. When the score of the last ride was announced it was Dutch hysteria with orange shirts appearing from all over, cheering, leaping, whistling and any other noise of jubilant celebration!

Astrix and Emmelie overwhelmed by a sea of orange ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Astrix and Emmelie overwhelmed by a sea of orange ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Astrix is not an approved stallion, he was never presented to the KWPN. Emmelie, who got the ride on Astrix in April, joked that maybe this would change really soon.

The silver and bronze medals were won by horses ridden by Claudia Rüscher, who at the age of twenty eight, was making her World Championship debut. She captured the silver on the stallion Lissaro van de Helle (Lissabon-Matcho AA), owned by Paul Mais. In 2008 the bay Hannoverian stallion won the Bundeschampionate for 3 year-old stallions, also ridden by Claudia.

Claudia Ruscher and Lissaro van de Helle, silver medal ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Claudia Rüscher and Lissaro van de Helle, silver medalists ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Today, even though obviously a little tired, the trot had enough activity with the hind legs and good expression in the extensions to receive 8.9. The walk was also a highlight with this horse, his looseness and overtrack scoring 9.5. The canter was beautifully uphill with good jump and worth 9.0 today. Overall, he showed a lovely contact with the bit and it was a really well ridden test. Lissaro is already popular as a breeding stallion, Claudia estimated that he booked around 200 mares this year.

The bronze medal went to the  licensed Westfalian stallion Schumacher (Stedinger-Weltmeyer) owned by Antonius Schulze-Averdiek. He is again black and beautiful and has a wonderfully light footed way of going. Schumacher is also a former reserve Bundeschampion. He showed a very active hind leg, much shoulder freedom and beautiful balance in the canter. Some contact issues influenced the scores, so it was trot 8.9, walk 8.0, canter 9.2 and overall 8.76.

The beautiful face of Schumacher, 5 year-old World Championship bronze medal ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
The beautiful face of Schumacher, 5 year-old World Championship bronze medal ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Claudia said she was really happy to have her training and work “validated”, even so she was “pretty surprised” to find herself in second and third place.

Complete scores

1. 45 Astrix Scholtens, Emmelie NED 2000 EUR Wertnote 9.18
R 5-j.H v.Obelisk/M.v.Olivi/KWPN/B: Stal Perlee,
2. 542 Lissaro van de Helle Rüscher, Claudia GER 1100 EUR Wertnote 9.08
B 5-j.H v.Lissabon/M.v.Matcho AA/HANN/102ZK20/B: Mais,Paul
3. 718 Schumacher Rüscher, Claudia GER 800 EUR Wertnote 8.76
R 5-j.H v.Stedinger/M.v.Weltmeyer/WESTF/102ZK18/B: Schulze-Averdiek,Antonius
4. 1074 Damon Jerome H Gräf, Uta GER 400 EUR Wertnote 8.74
F 5-j.H v.Damon Hill/M.v.Guy Laroche/RHLD/102ZR87/B: Hischold, Thomas Prof. Dr.
5. 440 Grevens Sa’Va Ahlers Pedersen, Camilla DEN 200 EUR Wertnote 8.62
DB 15-j.S v.Soprano/M.v.Romancier/DK/B: Poulsen,Svend Age
6. 819 Torveslettens Stamina Helgstrand, Andreas DEN 150 EUR Wertnote 8.54
SCHI 5-j.S v.Stedinger/M.v.Carano/DK/B: Rugaard,Pernille
7. 458 Henglein’s Licosto Frahm, Steffen GER 150 EUR Wertnote 8.44
DF 5-j.H v.Licotus/M.v.Rosenkavalier/WESTF/102ZI91/B: Henglein,Hans
8. 1 Aaron Freund, Jana GER 150 EUR Wertnote 8.42
DF 5-j.H v.Florencio I/M.v.Record/KWPN/B: Livens,Louis
9. 487 Isac Telde, Minna SWE 150 EUR Wertnote 8.32
B 5-j.H v.Hip Hop/M.v.Master/S.WBL/102ZW12/B: Bengtsson,Per-Christer
10. 43 Aston Martin Hvalsoe Saul, John DEN 150 EUR Wertnote 8.04
SCHWB 5-j.H v.Monteverdi/M.v.Sixtus/TRAK./B: Andersen,Lone
11. 848 Weihegold OLD Wulferding, Kira GER 150 EUR Wertnote 8.02
R 5-j.S v.Don Schufro/M.v.Sandro Hit/OLD/102ZI90/B: Arns-Krogmann,Christine
11. 710 Sarkozy Möller, Eva GER 150 EUR Wertnote 8.02
R 5-j.H v.Sandro Hit/M.v.Weltmeyer/HANN/102ZL68/B: Schockemöhle,Paul
13. 603 President’s Allright Lieren, Laurens van NED 150 EUR Wertnote 7.8
R 5-j.H v.Jazz/M.v.Royal Dance/KWPN/102ZN57/B: President Investment B.V.
14. 25 Anne Beth Bruntink, Vai NED 150 EUR Wertnote 7.74
B 5-j.S v.Oscar/M.v.Corleone/KWPN/B: Norel,G.W. van
15. 32 Aptrick Smalto, Benedicte FRA 150 EUR Wertnote 7.62
DB 5-j.W v.Tango/M.v.Kennedy/KWPN/B: Smalto,Benedicte
Data of competition:
Judges: S.Baarup Total prize money:
6000 EUR
L.Zang
M.Colliander
M.Sanders-v.Gansewin