Dancer Forever Beats Out Dream Boy to Take Six-Year-Old World Young Horse Championship

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Dancer Forever, a KWPN stallion ridden by Kirsten Brouwer of the Netherlands, is the six-year-old World Young Horse Champion. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Dancer Forever, a KWPN stallion ridden by Kirsten Brouwer of the Netherlands, is the six-year-old World Young Horse Champion. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

VERDEN, Germany, Aug. 10, 2014–Dancer Forever, a KWPN stallion, was ridden by Kirsten Brouwer of the Netherlands to claim the six-year-old World Young Horse Championship and upset hot favorite Dream Boy ridden by fellow Dutch trainer Gerdine Maree that placed third.

Auheim’s Del Magico, a Hanoverian stallion ridden by Stephanie Dearing, took the silver medal for the best finish ever by an Austrian entry in the history of the championships.

The upset win by Dancer Forever over Dream Boy, both sired by Vivaldi, brought shock to the face of Gerdine who had ended the last ride in the finale with a triumphant salute, and jeers from the crowd that packed the arena.

Gerdine Maree giving a triumhal salute at the end of the six-year-old world championship ride Dream Boy that won bronze. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Gerdine Maree giving a triumphal salute at the end of the six-year-old world championship ride on Dream Boy that won bronze. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

For Stephanie Dearing of Austria whose mother is American but she has never lived in the United States, her fist pump and display of sheer joy at being so competitive at Verden was well justified.

Austria's Stephaie Dearing on Auheim's Del Magico at the end of their ride that won the pair the silver medal at the World Young Horse Championshops. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Austria’s Stephanie Dearing on Auheim’s Del Magico at the end of the ride that won the pair the silver medal at the World Young Horse Championships. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Dancer Forever was the only combination in the six-year-old championships to score better than 9, with a 9.8 for trot, 9.3 for canter, 9 for rideability, 9.3 for general impression but 7.8 for walk.

The judges described the trot as very elegant, powerful and uphill while the canter had a clear jump to it with good ground cover in the extended canter. One of the changes was late, but otherwise the horse was shown in a perfect frame with an obvious talent for high performance dressage.

Dancer Forever ridden by Kirsten Brouwer. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Dancer Forever ridden by Kirsten Brouwer. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

“He did an amazing job,” Kirsten said later, “there were almost no mistakes, except for one flying change. He’s a competition horse that wants to go for it.

“The trot feels a dream to ride.”

Stephanie admitted she did not expect to be among the medal winners as she was competing at Verden for the first time.

“I had a dream to ride here once,” she said. “I was in a lucky position because we went near the end. I knew many horses had many mistakes so we could concentrate on not making mistakes.

Stephanie Dearing rding Auheim's Del Magico in canter that was their highest scoring gait to earn the Austrian pair the silver medal at the World Young Horse Championships. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Stephanie Dearing rding Auheim’s Del Magico in canter that was their highest scoring gait to earn the Austrian pair the silver medal at the World Young Horse Championships. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The judges described the pair as displaying harmony, and a horse that was willing, obedient and showed clear rhythm.

The canter was one of the best seen in the finale, with suspension and really uphill.

“Very impressive and obedient,” they said, with really good basic gaits and a willingness to perform.

Dream Boy, winner of the qualifier two days earlier, was expected to be a shoo-in for the gold medal and was last to go in the championship.

After watching the ride, the judges had other ideas. Their only score of 9 came for the canter, while the trot received 8.6 and the walk 7.8–marks that drew a growing chorus of jeers from the crowd.

Dream Boy ridden by Gerdine Maree at the World Young Horse Championshps. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Dream Boy ridden by Gerdine Maree at the World Young Horse Championshps. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Gerdine’s reaction: “To come here is always to be among the best. I’m happy with him and with the result,  especially first day with so few points separating the top places.”

Results:

6-Year-Old World Young Horse Championship

# horse rider trot walk canter ride-
ability
final
impression
score
1. Dancer Forever
S \ KWPN \ F \ 2008 \ Vivaldi x Tango \ B: Roza,G.A. \ O: Valk,A.,Witte,J.G.J.,Scholtens,E.
NED
Kirsten Brouwer 2.000,00 EUR 9.8 7.8 9.3 9.0 9.3 9.04
2. Auheim’s Del Magico
S \ Hann \ SCHI \ 2008 \ Dimaggio x Feinbrand \ B: Hermann,Stefan \ O: Pferde von Auheim/Fam. Pengg,
AUT
Stephanie Dearing 1.100,00 EUR 8.7 7.9 9.0 8.8 8.9 8.66
3. Dream Boy 90
S \ KWPN \ R \ 2008 \ Vivaldi x Ferro \ B: Coomans,T.J.M. \ O: Coomans,T.J.M.,Coomans,T.J.M.,Brinkman,Stal
NED
Gerdine Maree 800,00 EUR 8.6 7.8 9.0 8.9 8.9 8.64
4. Den Haag 12
S \ Westf \ B \ 2008 \ Diamond Hit x Florestan I \ B: Kellermann,Dieter \ O: Hödl Dr.,Manfred
GER
Beatrice Buchwald
RFV Graf von Schmettow Eversael
400,00 EUR 8.4 9.2 9.0 8.0 8.5 8.62
5. Lehmanns Lilo
M \ DWB \ B \ 2008 \ De Noir x Midt-West Ibi-Light \ B: Lehmann,Linda u.Dennis \ O: Dossing,Stine
DEN
Stine Doesing 200,00 EUR 8.6 8.8 8.4 8.4 8.6 8.56
6. Dorado 203
S \ KWPN \ F \ 2008 \ Krack C x Rousseau \ B: Kikkert,C. \ O: Valk, A.,Valk,A.
NED
Emmelie Scholtens
RG Heisfelde e.V.
150,00 EUR 8.9 8.2 8.6 8.2 8.5 8.48
7. Cassiopaya 10
M \ Rhld \ B \ 2008 \ Cassini Boy Junior x Lanciano \ B: ZG Büns,Matthias u.Sohn \ O: Hengststation Wilbers/Stücker,
GER
Jana Freund
RV St.Georg Kevelaer 1925
150,00 EUR 9.0 7.9 8.6 8.0 8.7 8.44
8. Desperado 254
S \ KWPN \ R \ 2008 \ Vivaldi x Havidoff \ B: ZG Andeweg, Familie, \ O: Valk,A.,Andeweg,Familie
NED
Emmelie Scholtens
RG Heisfelde e.V.
150,00 EUR 9.5 9.0 8.2 7.0 8.0 8.34
9. Bilan 3
G \ SWB \ F \ 2008 \ Bocelli x Donnerschlag \ B: Persson,Per Arne \ O: Cuypers,Carl,Jaworski,Anna,Cuypers,Carl
BEL
Carl Cuypers
PSV Nussbaumhof e.V.
150,00 EUR 8.6 7.5 8.3 8.2 8.2 8.16
10. Loveliness 2
M \ Hann \ R \ 2008 \ Lord Loxley I x Latimer \ B: Kruse,Herbert \ O: Rummenigge,Martina
GER
Charlotte Rummenigge
RA München e.V.
150,00 EUR 8.0 9.0 7.7 7.5 8.0 8.04
11. Zick Flower
S \ DWB \ DB \ 2008 \ Zack x Romanov Blue Hors \ B: Gregersen,Andreas \ O: Blue Hors Aps Dressage,
DEN
Allan Gron 150,00 EUR 9.2 5.9 8.6 8.5 7.7 7.98
12. Rossetti 3
G \ DWB \ B \ 2008 \ Romanov Blue Hors x Midt-West Ibi-Light \ B: Andersen,Elsebeth Lykke \ O: Stutteri Lykke,
DEN
Jan Moeller Christensen 150,00 EUR 9.0 6.8 8.0 7.8 7.9 7.90
13. Franziskus 15
S \ Hann \ Db \ 2008 \ Fidertanz x Alabaster \ B: Albers,Elisabeth \ O: Holkenbrink,Wilhelm
GER
Ingrid Klimke
RV St. Georg Münster e.V.
150,00 EUR 9.2 6.0 9.0 7.0 8.0 7.84
14. QC Flamboyant OLD
G \ Old \ R \ 2008 \ Fidertanz x De Niro \ B: Meyer,Werner \ O: D’eer,Patrick
GER
Marita Pundsack
RUFV Cappeln
150,00 EUR 6.8 8.2 8.8 7.0 7.0 7.56
15. Doctor de Encinasola
S \ KWPN \ F \ 2008 \ Scandic x Monteverdi \ B: \ O: Baselga Dr.,Jaime
ESP
Jose Antonio Garcia Mena 150,00 EUR 7.6 6.2 7.8 7.5 7.2 7.26
16. Bartlgut’s Quarz
G \ DSP-n.gefu \ DB \ 2008 \ Quaterback x Rubinstern Noir \ B: Brune,Andreas \ O: Schmidt,Edda u.Wenzel
AUT
Ulrike Prunthaller 150,00 EUR 6.8 5.8 7.2 5.0 6.0 6.16
total = 6.150,00 EUR

 

prize money 6.150,00 EUR
judges Maria Colliander
Andrew Ralph Gardner
Kurt Christensen
Dr. Dietrich Plewa