World Young Horse 5-Year-Old Championship Won by Jovian Ridden by Andreas Helgstrand, also Takes Bronze on Queenparks Wendy

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Jovian with Andreas Helgstrand celebrating victory in the World Young Horse five-year-old championship. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

ERMELO, Netherlands, Aug. 3, 2019–Jovian, a Dutch-bred stallion ridden by Andreas Helgstrand, won the World Young Horse five-year-old championship Saturday. Andreas also took bronze on Queenparks Wendy while Secret with Sweden’s Jessica Lynn Thomas aboard earned silver.

Jovian (Apache x Tango) and the Danish rider received a record maximum four marks of 10 points–for trot, canter, submission and perspective–with a score of 8.3 for walk and a final result of 9.66 for the victory.

Secret, a German Sport Horse stallion by Sezuan and the Germany-based Swedish rider were awarded 9.64 with marks of 10 for canter and perspective.

Andreas on Queenparks Wendy, a Danish Warmblood mare also by Sezuan took bronze on 9.42 points with a 10 for canter.

Jovian and Andreas Helgstrand in the World Young Horse Championship final that was awarded a record four 10s out of five, © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

For both Jovian and Secret, the packed stands started clapping, cheering and whistling as the horses started the final centerline and both received standing ovations.

Secret, winner of the preliminary competition two days ago, was the ride before Jovian.

“A fabulous horse,” Maria Schwennesen, a FEI 5* judge from Australia who spoke for the ground jury of four members.

“I don’t know what more we can say, always fluid, always so soft. So much to appreciate and enjoy.”

She described the trot as “powerful, on top of that it is elastic and soft and has a gentleness to it, as well.”

Secret, however, should “show more medium trot.” It was “fabulous” but awarded 9.4.

The walk was clear with a huge overtrack. The 9.0 drew boos and whistles from the crowd.

The canter was “wow… fantastic.” A 10, and that drew applause and cheers.

Submission was 9.8 and perspective a 10 that was also cheered.

Secret being cantered by Jessica Lynn Thomas that earned the horse a 10 and capturing silver at the World Young Horse Championships for five-year-olds. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Andreas Helgrand, whose lineup of 19 horses in these championships that some critics see as developed beyond their capabilities to win ribbons and feed his multinational sales operation, was next with Jovian.

He clearly had heard the criticism and that also directed at the judges in the preliminary competition that rewarded extravagant movements, including Grand Prix level extended trots when the requirement is for medium and collected trot, no extended.

The performance on Jovian was captivating, lower key than in qualifying, and there were few who doubted the pair deserved the championship.

Maria began by describing Jovian as “beautiful” and “an upstanding specimen, fantastic-moving horse,” and the crowd held its collective breath as she said the scores wouldn’t be given as usual after the judges’ critiques of each category but all at the end.

Trot had so much spring and suspension, balanced and in perfect rhythm and tempo throughout the ride.

The walk was the weakest pace, a little stiff though correct in rhythm.

Canter was well-balanced, uphill always, jumped, with “fantastic” seamless transitions between collected and medium.

Maria gave the first mark of 8.3. Silence from the crowd.

“All the other marks are a 10,” she declared and the crowd went wild–a Dutch horse declared world champion in the Netherlands. As a breeding championship the national anthem in the awards–for which, like in most European events, much of the crowd stays–was Dutch even though Andreas is Danish.

Andreas Helgstrand riding Queenparks Wendy at the World Young Horse Championships final. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Earlier, the final of four-year-old horses, a national competition, not a championship, were staged for the first time alongside the world competitions.

Eva Möller rode So Unique, sired by Sezuan and owned by Helgstrand Dressage, to the title on a score of 9.64 points, including 10 for walk and 9.7 for canter.

Eva Möller enjoying success on So Unique as winner of the four-year-old final held for the first time in conjunction with the World Young Horse Championships. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

World Young Horse Championships 5-Year-Old

Judges-Jury: C: A.Hamoen-NED/M.Schwennesen-AUS E: I.Wessels-GBR S.Baarup/DEN
Pl. HNR Competitor Nat. Trot Walk Canter Subm. Persp. Total

Placed competitors

1. 506 Jovian Andreas Helgstrand den 10.0 8.3 10.0 10.0 10.0 9.66 points
dbay / 5y. / S / KWPN / Apache / Tango / 106OD73 / Helgstrand Dressage A/s,Kleppenhus 3.960,00 EUR
2. 542 Secret Jessica Lynn Thomas swe 9.4 9.0 10.0 9.8 10.0 9.64 points
bay / 5y. / S / DSP(BAD-W) / Sezuan 2 / St. Moritz / 106OF49 / Christine Feichtinger,Gestüt W.M. G 2.400,00 EUR
3. 507 Queenparks Wendy Andreas Helgstrand den 9.0 9.0 10.0 9.5 9.6 9.42 points
black / 5y. / M / DWB / Sezuan 2 / Blue Hors Soprano / 106OD51 / Chateau de Fontaine,Helgstrand Dres 1.800,00 EUR
4. 522 Valverde Eva Möller ger 9.0 10.0 9.0 8.8 9.3 9.22 points
bay / 5y. / S / WESTF / Vitalis / Ampere / 106NW59 / Helgstrand Dressage A/s 1.200,00 EUR
5. 513 Springbank II V.H. Severo Jurado Lopez esp 9.3 8.6 9.5 9.0 9.5 9.18 points
chest / 5y. / S / SWB / Skovens Rafael / de Niro 6 / 106OE31 / Helgstrand Dressage A/s,Kristina He 720,00 EUR
6. 537 Johnny Depp Renate van Uytert-van Vliet ned 9.0 9.5 8.9 8.5 9.2 9.02 points
bay / 5y. / S / KWPN / Bordeaux / Jazz / 106OG55 / Joop van Uytert,R. van Uytert 540,00 EUR
7. 535 Johnny Be Goode Emmelie Scholtens ned 8.8 9.5 8.8 8.7 9.0 8.96 points
bay / 5y. / G / KWPN / Dream Boy N.O.P. / Tietse D / 106NY95 / Reesink Horses BV 360,00 EUR
8. 536 Jameson RS2 Marieke van der Putten ned 9.4 7.5 9.6 8.2 9.5 8.84 points
dbay / 5y. / S / KWPN / Blue Hors Zack / Negro / 106LM17 / RS2 Dressage Center de Horst 300,00 EUR
9. 525 For Gold OLD Stefanie Wolf ger 9.0 8.8 8.8 8.5 9.0 8.82 points
dbay / 5y. / S / OLDBG / Franziskus 15 / Blue Hors Zack / 106NU07 / Johann Hinnemann,Stefanie Wolf 240,00 EUR
10. 524 Quiana Nicole Wego ger 8.8 9.2 8.5 8.5 9.0 8.80 points
bay / 5y. / M / RHEIN / Quaterstern / Rubinstern Noir / 106OF54 / Brigitta WEGO,Nicole WEGO 240,00 EUR
11. 521 Espe Eva Möller ger 8.9 8.0 9.0 8.3 9.2 8.68 points
bay / 5y. / M / WESTF / Escolar / Dimaggio / 106NW61 / Helgstrand Dressage A/s, Stutteri E 120,00 EUR
12. 523 Dante’s Hit OLD Dorothee Schneider ger 8.0 9.0 8.9 8.5 8.8 8.64 points
dbay / 5y. / G / OLDBG / Dante Weltino Old / Sandro Hit / 106NV58 / Hofgut Rosenau GmbH,Pferdesport Win 120,00 EUR
13. 538 Just Wimphof Renate van Uytert-van Vliet ned 9.0 8.3 8.5 7.8 8.7 8.46 points
bay / 5y. / S / KWPN / de Niro 6 / Riccione / 106OG51 / Joop van Uytert,C. Kramer,E.J. Rien 120,00 EUR
14. 519 Moosbend’s Rockadera Jill de Ridder ger 8.3 8.0 8.0 7.8 8.2 8.06 points
dbay / 5y. / M / RHEIN / Rock Forever / Ricardos / 106KW29 / Gestüt Moosbend Gemo AG 120,00 EUR
14. 516 Don Vito de Hus Jessica Michel Botton fra 8.0 7.8 8.2 8.0 8.3 8.06 points
bay / 5y. / S / DSP(BAD-W) / Don Juan de Hus / de Niro / 106GZ27 / S.A.R.L. Haras de Hus 120,00 EUR

Final for 4-Year-Old Horses

Pl. HNR Competitor Nat. Trot Walk Canter Subm. Persp. Penalty Total

Placed competitors

1. 432 So Unique Eva Möller ger 9.0 10.0 9.7 9.7 9.8 9.64 points
4y. / S / Sezuan / Donnerhall / Helgstrand Dressage A/s 750,00 EUR
2. 423 Kevin Costner Texel Emmelie Scholtens ned 9.5 8.3 8.8 6.8 9.0 – 0.05 8.43 points
bay / 4y. / S / KWPN / Negro / Jazz / Stoeterij Turfhorst & Traingsstal W 600,00 EUR
3. 424 Kingdance Lotje Schoots ned 8.5 7.7 8.2 8.0 8.3 8.14 points
bay / 4y. / S / KWPN / Expression / Jetset-D / Fam. Schoots 450,00 EUR
4. 410 Zac Efron MT Old Wolfgang Himsl aut 8.0 7.7 8.3 8.2 8.4 8.12 points
dbay / 4y. / OLDBG / Zack / Don Larino / 106KS21 / Elisabeth Max-Theurer & Gestüt Vorw 300,00 EUR
5. 402 Braveheart Antonia Öhrstam swe 7.4 8.3 8.4 7.5 8.2 7.96 points
black / 4y. / G / HANN / Bretton Woods / Fürst Heinrich / Gestüt Schafhof, Petra May 200,00 EUR
6. 420 Kaboom Joyce Lenaerts ned 8.0 6.9 8.4 8.0 7.9 7.84 points
bay / 4y. / S / KWPN / Johnson / 00 Seven / Kazlea Limited,Yom-Tov 50,00 EUR
7. 416 Kind Pleasure Femke de Laat ned 7.6 7.9 8.3 7.2 8.0 7.80 points
bay / 4y. / S / KWPN / Governor / Blue Hors Zack / W.L. Plaizier 50,00 EUR
8. 426 Konfucius Dirk-Jan van de Water ned 7.4 7.7 8.0 7.6 7.8 7.70 points
grey / 4y. / S / KWPN / Charmeur / Flemmingh / Kazlea Limited,Yom-Tov 50,00 EUR
9. 403 Game On Bennet Conn aus 7.5 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.8 7.56 points
chest / 4y. / S / DWB / Bennet Conn, Henri Ruoste 50,00 EUR
10. 427 Kurona Marijke van Giesen ned 7.6 7.4 8.0 6.8 7.8 7.52 points
dbay / 4y. / M / KWPN / George Clooney / Negro / M.P. Vanderstappen-Keyzer 50,00 EUR