Andreas Helgstrand and Uno Donna Unique win 6 Year Old Young Horse World Championship

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Gold Medalists, Uno Donna Unique and Andreas Helgstrand
Gold Medalists, Uno Donna Unique and Andreas Helgstrand ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

By ILSE SCHWARZ

VERDEN, Germany, Aug. 8–Denmark’s Andreas Helgstrand and the wonderful Danish mare, Uno Donna Unique (Don Schufro-Falkland) made it two in a row, winning both the preliminary round and the all important final. Similar to Saturday’s 5-year old final, the silver and bronze medals were both won by the same rider. Eva Möller won silver on the Hannoverian stallion Soliere (Sandro Hit-Donnerhall) and bronze on the Westfalian gelding, Blickpunkt 3 (Belissimo-Weltmeyer). Also similar to Saturday, it is consecutive gold medals for the winner. Helgstrand won the 2009 5 year old championship on Honnerups Driver (Romanov Blue Hors-Don Schufro).

The most sensational story from Sunday has to be surrounding the two rides of Andreas Helgstrand. On Saturday, there was a sea of orange  for the Dutch gold medal, Sunday a veritable ocean of red representing Denmark. There were absolute highs and lows, frustration and disappointment over the scores of Honnerups Driver (7.80). After his ride on Driver, believing that he completely nailed it, Andreas fist-punched the air in delight. An initially  jubilant Andreas looked completely crushed and confused after the judges results were announced. He then had just over an hour to re-group before riding Uno Donna Unique, a very hot mare. It has to be said that he really looked unhappy as he entered the ring on her and at the end of the test, with less than fluid flying changes through the test, he had to be wondering how the judging panel would react so it was a very restrained final salute. The Danish crowd (and I swear half of Denmark were present) held their collective breath until the first score, the trot score, was announced…cheers of relief more than anything when it was still good enough for “10.”

Extravagent trot half passescontribute to a score of "10" for Uno Donna Unique ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Extravagent trot half passes contribute to a score of "10" for Uno Donna Unique © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

The bottom line is that, although she arrived on the arena absolutely drenched in sweat, this mare is breath-taking. The trot is something that every trainer in the crowd had to be itching to ride…I certainly was. The walk was also exceptional and this was one of the few combinations to maintain clear four-beat rhythm between the walk pirouettes and also execute relatively fluid pirouettes, 9.5. Time for the canter score, again the crowd waited in anticipation. The judges had been really tough on most of the horses through the day when the changes were not good, with the marks of both canter and submission being affected. Technically Uno Donna Uniques changes were clean but certainly not balanced, straight or uphill. The questions was how much the green changes would influence the canter results, score 9.3. Submission 8.9 and General Impression 9.6, final score 9.46. Despite the fact that this is a stunning mare, I was left wondering just a little if the panel felt they had to somehow balance their very harsh comments regarding Honnerups Driver. Nevertheless, it was clear that this would likely, and deservedly, be the winning horse with only Soliere left to go.

Soliere and Eva Moller enjoy the prize giving....maybe a little too much!
Soliere and Eva Möller enjoy the prize giving....maybe a little too much! © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Eva entered the ring, last to go, on Soliere. She was in a perfect position, already lying second on her previous ride, Blickpunkt, so she really had nothing to lose. During the press conference that was held after the Championship was awarded, Eva Möller professed to have a soft spot for both horses. She has been riding the pair of them since they were 3 years old and her husband, Dr. Ulf Möller, bought them both as foals. Eva presented Soliere perfectly, no mistakes, perfect rhythm and steadiness in the bridle . There was a little tilting of his head in the second shoulder-in and his hindlegs really do push away from his center of gravity in the trot, especially noticeable in the trot extensions so a score of 8.2 for trot.

A canter score of 9.0 for Eva Moller and Soliere
A canter score of 9.0 for Eva Moller and Soliere © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

He had a very clear walk rhythm and although the first walk pirouette was somewhat hurried it still deserved the 8.8. The canter was very uphill and he performed balanced changes, really on the aids. The canter extensions and the transitions into and out of them were balanced and clear, a score of 9.0. Submission 8.8, overall impression 8.5 and a total of 8.66 and the silver medal. As the scores came up, owner Natascha van Dyk (who’s husband is Paul van Dyke, a DJ who is something of a phenomenon in Europe) leaped in the air and screamed with delight, a show of pure unadulterated delight!

Eva Möller really had two beautiful rides. Blickpunkt, owned by Silvia Rizzo, is so obedient and relaxed in the arena. Eva seems to literally wander out of the arena, in absolutely no hurry, at the end of the test on a completely long rein, Blickpunkt appearing way wiser than his young 6 years. Of course, this is a case of “been there, done that,” this combination won the bronze medal in the 5 year old championship in 2009.  You simply have to love the chestnut gelding with all that white on his face for his cool attitude! His powerful swinging trot and balanced canter could both use more freedom of the shoulder, especially in the trot extensions, but the trot deserves 8.6, the canter 8.4. The extended walk was the best we had seen after seven horses and maintained its correct footfall between the walk pirouettes, 8.8. He stiffened against the bridle in the two changes that occur on the short diagonal and there was some tilting in the early lateral work in trot, submission 8.2 and a strong overall impression score of 8.7. Final score 8.51, which was good enough for their second bronze medal.

Blickpunkt 3 and Eva Moller on their way to the bronze medal ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Blickpunkt 3 and Eva Möller on their way to the bronze medal © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Eva Moller believes she has done a good test with Blickpunkt 3 and awaits the judges comments© Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Eva Möller believes she has done a good test with Blickpunkt 3 and awaits the judges comments © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

I had planned to try to write this story consecutively, presenting my impressions of each horse and describing mood of the crowd/the judges after each horse, building up to who won gold/silver/bronze. As you can see, this idea went completely out the window! However, I want to describe the sense of anticipation as the third last horse entered the arena. These horses represented the Netherlands with Zhivago, Denmark with the ultimate winner, Germany with Soliere and Germany already in the lead with Blickpunkt so it was still anyone’s game. If anyone is naive enough to think that the World Championships for Young Horses is only about the horses, you are so WRONG! It is Germany versus Holland versus Denmark, no question. It is very serious stuff!

Rebelle 5 and Marie Andersen (Den) show the canter that helped them into fourth place © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Rebelle 5 and Marie Andersen of Denmark show the canter that helped them into fourth place © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Skovens Rafael and Lotte Skaerbek (Den) did not trot like this during their test, they finished fifth ©Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com
Skovens Rafael and Lotte Skaerbek of Denmark did not trot like this during their test, they finished fifth © Ilse Schwarz/dressage-news.com

Many more words to come including what happened to the delightful Deja 5…in short the flying changes were very influential in this year’s 6 year old championship

Complete Scores:

1. 829 Uno Donna Unique Helgstrand, Andreas DEN 2000 EUR Wertnote 9.46
R 6-j.S v.Don Schufro/M.v.Falkland/DK/102RE58/B: Stutteri UNO ApS
2. 765 Soliere Möller, Eva GER 1100 EUR Wertnote 8.66
R 6-j.H v.Sandro Hit/M.v.Donnerhall/HANN/102ZL72/B: Dyk,Natascha van
3. 70 Blickpunkt Möller, Eva GER 800 EUR Wertnote 8.54
F 6-j.W v.Belissimo M/M.v.Weltmeyer/WESTF/102QZ47/B: Rizzo,Silvia
4. 960 Rebelle Andersen, Maria DEN 400 EUR Wertnote 8.42
F 6-j.S v.Don Schufro/M.v.Regazzoni/OLD/B: Blue Hors Aps,
5. 750 Skovens Rafael Skaerbek, Lotte DEN 200 EUR Wertnote 8.38
F 6-j.H v.Romanov Blue Hors/M.v.Don Schufro/DK/102RE60/B: Skärbäk & Lindgren
6. 324 Dresden Mann Klimke, Ingrid GER 150 EUR Wertnote 8.32
SCHWB 6-j.H v.Dresemann/M.v.Florestan I/WESTF/102MC51/B: Wallace,Jason
7. 869 Zamora Maas, Lynne NED 150 EUR Wertnote 8.22
F 6-j.H v.Krack C/M.v.Farrington/KWPN/B: Maas,Lynne
8. 876 Zhivago Hanzon, Theo NED 150 EUR Wertnote 8.18
B 6-j.H v.Krack C/M.v.Jazz/KWPN/B: Uytert,J.M.
9. 62 Belamour Gielen, Susanne SWE 150 EUR Wertnote 7.98
F 6-j.H v.Belissimo M/M.v.Lord Sinclair I/WESTF/102RM48/B: Flyinge AB,
10. 265 Deja Svanberg, Anna SWE 150 EUR Wertnote 7.88
B 6-j.S v.Silvano/M.v.Don Schufro/S.WBL/102ZW84/B: Haward,Marie
11. 325 Du Soleil Lieben-Seutter, Saskia GER 150 EUR Wertnote 7.82
F 6-j.W v.De Niro/M.v.Caprimond/HANN/102ZI76/B: Wahler,Burkhard
12. 944 Hönnerups Driver Helgstrand, Andreas DEN 150 EUR Wertnote 7.8
DB 6-j.W v.Romanov Blue Hors/M.v.Don Schufro/DK/B: Kasprzak,Hanni Toosbuy
12. 635 Redford Werndl, Jessica GER 150 EUR Wertnote 7.8
F 6-j.W v.Rosentau/M.v.Escudo I/HANN/102NF03/B: Werndl Gutsbetrieb GbR,
14. 877 Ziesto Maree, Gerdine NED 150 EUR Wertnote 7.76
B 6-j.H v.Lancet/M.v.Clavecimbel/KWPN/B: Maree,J.T.M.
15. 846 Watulele Maruhn, Esther GER 150 EUR Wertnote 7.26
F 6-j.W v.Wolkenstein II/M.v.Frappant/HANN/102QY33/B: Berwe,Roland
Data of competition:
Judges: W.Markowski Total prize money:
6000 EUR
E.Max-Theurer
J.Loriston-Clarke
A.Frömming