Dresden Mann & More in Hagen’s Louisdor Cup Grand Prix

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The depth of top dressage horses in Germany was on display at the Horses & Dreams Louisdor Cup, a national Grand Prix competition for horses aged eight to 10 years old. Dresden Mann ridden by Ingrid Klimke, perhaps the leading all around rider in the world as a member of Germany’s gold medal eventing team in London last summer, was the winner in Hagen, Germany.

Dresden Mann, a nine-year-old Westfalen stallion (Dresemann x Floh x Florestan I)  captured the Prix St. Georges here last year. This year, he was not the only bright light.

Rudolf Zeilinger, a German champion and coach of the Danish team, put on top hat and tails to ride in his first CDI in six years to earn some experience for Infinio CE, a 10-year-old Baden-Württemberg gelding (Indigo x Chessna x Corofino).

Infinio CE ridden by Rudolf Zeilinger to second place in the Lousidor Cup Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Infinio CE ridden by Rudolf Zeilinger to second place in the Lousidor Cup Grand Prix. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

He found the horse 3 1/2 years ago when it was eventing in small shows in Germany, but was too hot for the rider.

“It has potential for everything to be competitive in the top classes in the world, at a really high international level,” Rudy told dressage-news.com. “He’s still a little green and needs to build confidence in the ring.”

He won’t be competing it, though, and no German will get the chance to ride the horse in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The horse has been sold to Josephine Rosen, a Swiss rider.

“I’m riding for fun and helping young people with Grand Prix,” he said.

“Being back in the ring was fun” he laughed. “I think I can still be competitive.”

Bella Rose that is the latest mount for Isabell Werth, the winner of multiple Olympic gold medals for Germany, showed off their style to take third place.

Bella Rose with Isabell Werth aboard. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Bella Rose with Isabell Werth aboard. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Belissimo M, the sire of Bella Rose, has been in the news in Europe recently after the owner was accused of financial irregularities and the breeding stallion disappeared. Hayley Beresford was the rider at the stud and had campaigned Belissimo in an unsuccessful bid for the Australian Olympic dressage team last year.