Denmark’s Anders Dahl Rides American-Bred Selten HW to British Dressage Future Elite Championship
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BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct. 10, 2014–Selten HW, the American-bred Hanoverian gelding that pulled off the hat trick of winning the three United States young horse titles, was ridden by Denmark’s Anders Dahl to win the Dressage Future Elite Championship at Britain’s Horse of the Year show Friday.
Anders, who is based in England with his wife Fiona Bigwood, and the 10-year-old gelding scored 79.20 per cent in the Freestyle that is designed for up-and-coming Grand Prix horses to compete in an international setting. The HOYS event launched 66 years ago provides this with about 1,600 horses and ponies, 1,500 competitors and 65,000 spectators at this indoor venue.
Michael Eilberg on Woodlander Farouche was second on 76.45 per cent and fellow British rider Spencer Wilton on Zamboucca was third on 75.99 per cent.
Michael and the eight-year-old British-bred Hanoverian mare won the World Young Horse Championships in both five- and six-year-old divisions. He rode Half Moon Dynasty, another British-bred developing international mount, to this title a year ago.
The victory at HOYS, a national competition, capped a year in which Anders and Selten (Sandro Hit x Hohenstein) won all nine international small tour starts in both Britain and the continent. Anders was also reserve on Wie Atlantico for the Danish team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in August.
Selten was bought for €500,000 (US$647,000 at the time) at auction two years ago. The horse was owned by Elizabeth Ball of Encinitas, California and was United States champion at four, five and six years of age, an historic triple crown
Selten was bred by Irene Hoeflich-Wiederhold of Cape Coral, Florida.