“It’s Show Time” in Vienna

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Four star dressage and five-star jumping at the Wiener Pferdefest were punctuated by crowd-drawing acts such as Gabriela Stumpf's pony carriage competing in the Vienna Driving Challenge. Taking on the big guys won cheers from the crowd but don't expect Gabriela to take the outfit to Florida when she and her sister move there next month for the winter as they have in recent years. © 2012 Ken Braddick/ressage-news.com
This matching pair of grownups were tough to beat and their awesome look won a lot of hearts. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jean Francois Pignon of France and his submissive herd. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The finale of The Horsemen Show was the group stripping to their skivvies. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The finale of The Horsemen Show was the group stripping to their skivvies. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The guys in the Zirkushunde Sensationell didn't need to shed any clothes to perform a similar trick and were definitely the hit of the show. The dogs are trained by Wolfgang Lauenburger and there's a lot of tail wagging going on that may indicate they're having a good time. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
It was a horse show with the Grand Prix of Austria the centerpiece event. Swiss junior and young rider star Martin Fuchs, who is just 20 years old, rode Principal to victory against a top field. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
With adult amateurs making up a clear majority of active dressage riders throughout most of the world, German amateur Isabell Hermann and her Number One may have won a whole new set of fans. A real amateur--she works in the office of her family's reycling business--and had bought Number One as a four-year-old hoping to do well in national classes. A clinic with top German trainer Wolfram Wittig gave her confidence to compete against the pros in CDIs. At Vienna she won both the Grand Prix and the Special--she couldn't do a freestyle because she doesn't have one never thinking she would advance this far so fast. Isabelle is a really nice lady who tears up when she talks about her horse that says more about her than the fact she speaks little English so interviewing her is more displays of emotions. Definitely OK for this correspondent. Note her good luck crystal bear pinned to her coat. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com