Danish-Bred Fiontini Ridden By Spain’s Severo Jurado Win World Young Horse Championship 5-Year-Old Qualifier for Final

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Fontini ridden by Jurado Severo to victory in the World Young Horse Championship five-year-old qualifier for final at Verden, Germany. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Fontini ridden by Jurado Severo to victory in the World Young Horse Championship five-year-old qualifier for final at Verden, Germany. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

VERDEN, Germany, Aug. 6, 2015–In what may have been the highest quality ever five-year-old world young horse championships, the Danish-bred Fiontini ridden by Spain’s Severo Jurado won the first qualifying competition Thursday against horses from around the world that needed an unprecedented score of better than 8.74 to make the cut for the final.

The Danish Warmblood mare (Fassbinder x Blue Hors Romanov) scored 9.48 that included 10 for trot, the only top mark of the entire competition of 43 combinations from around the globe. The score for Fiontini was made up 8.1 for walk, 9.8 for canter, 9.7 for rideability and 9.8 for final impression as well as the 10 for trot.

Fiontini came into the competition amidst considerable buzz.

Charlotte Dujardin, the double Olympic gold medal rider, had declared while riding the horse during the Danish stallion selection trials in March that, “I would give the horse 11… or 100” and wanted to take her home to Britain.

Fiontini is also the full sister to Fiontina ridden by Andreas Helgstrand who placed eighth on 8.86. Both horses were by embryo transfer. Severo, the rider of Fiontini, is a rider for Andreas in Denmark and both mares are at his training center.

Andreas Helgstrand on Fiontina, the full sister to Fiontini, that scored nines for trot and walk in the World Young Horse Championshipships five-year-old qualifying class. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Andreas Helgstrand on Fiontina, the full sister to Fiontini, that scored nines for trot and walk in the World Young Horse Championshipships five-year-old qualifying class. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The 26-year-old Severo began riding Fiontini when the mare was four.

He was, he said, as proud of the rideability score of 9.7 for rideability as the 10 for trot because that was a reflection his ability and not necessarily the talent of the horse. His rideability score was the highest of any rider in the competition.

“I think people can see what I feel,” he said, “the power, going easy… a happy horse who is quite eager.”

Severo rode for Spain in the European Junior & Young Rider Championships moved to Germany as a teenager to train for three years and another couple of years in Holland before moving to Denmark to take the opportunity of riding top horses with Andreas.

Five Star 2, the KWPN stallion (Amazing Star 2 x Jazz) and ridden by Dutch young horse star Kirsten Brouwer placed second on 9.44.

The score for Kirsten and Five Star included 9.7 for trot, 9.5 for trot, 9.3 for canter, 9.2 for rideability and 9.5 for final impression.

She also qualified Ferdeaux, a KWPN stallion (Bordeaux x Ferro) with a score of 8.94 for seventh place. She was one of only two riders to take two places in the top 12, the other being Severo on Franklin who finished ninth on 8.84.

Kirsten Brower on Five Star, the Dutch combination that placed second in the World Young Horse Championships five-year-old qualifier for the final. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Kirsten Brower on Five Star, the Dutch combination that placed second in the World Young Horse Championships five-year-old qualifier for the final. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Four Legends, another KWPN stallion (Wynton x Ferro) and ridden by Marieke van der Putten was third on 9.32.

Only the top 12 of the 43 horses that started the competition move into the final Saturday but three of the combinations to battle it out in a “small” final Friday will be added to the start list,

Endel Ots of Wellington, Florida on Lucky Strike was the top finishing of the three non-Europeans with a personal best international result of 8.6 that put the pair in 15th place, three shy of the cutoff for direct entry to the final so will ride in the “small” final Friday.

The European-based Australian Simone Alexandra Pearce on Felicia scored 8.04 for 27th place while F-1 ridden by New Zealand’s Shiwon Green in that country’s first ever entry in these championships was eliminated shortly after the ride began when the horse was obviously lame.

Four Legends with Marieke van der Putten aboard that placed in the World Young Horse Championships qualifier for the 5-year-old final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Four Legends with Marieke van der Putten aboard that placed in the World Young Horse Championships qualifier for the 5-year-old final. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Susanne Baarup of Denmark, president of the ground jury, described the quality of so many of the horses as “amazing” and “fantastic” with a succession of combinations displaying gaits that making the task of

“The breeding is getting stronger,” she told dressage-news.com, “the riding is very high quality. The breeders are selecting better mares for their preferred stallions.”

The production of such high quality young horses, some observers said, showed that breeding in Europe had recovered in terms of quality from the economic downturn of 2008 that devastated the industry. Breeders focused on breeding fewer horses but at higher quality.

 Results:
World Young Horse Championships Five-year-old First Uqlifier:
# no horse rider trot walk canter ride-
ability
final
impression
score
1. 515 Fiontini
M \ DWB \ B \ 2010 \ Fassbinder x Romanov Blue Hors \ B: Lund,Hanne und Hansen,Henrik \ O: Lund,Hanne und Hansen,Henrik,Hansen,Henrik
ESP
Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez 380,00 EUR 10.0 8.1 9.8 9.7 9.8 9.48
2. 518 Five Star 2
S \ KWPN \ DF \ 2010 \ Amazing Star x Jazz \ B: Bijvelds,P.G. \ O: T. Wilaras
NED
Kirsten Brouwer 300,00 EUR 9.7 9.5 9.3 9.2 9.5 9.44
3. 493 Four Legends
S \ KWPN \ DB \ 2010 \ Wynton x Ferro \ B: Jansen,J.M. \ O: KS Horses
NED
Marieke van der Putten
RV Hoeven e.V.
220,00 EUR 9.6 8.5 9.7 9.3 9.5 9.32
4. 792 Quantensprung 3
S \ Hann \ Df \ 2010 \ Quando-Quando x Donnerhall \ B: Berner,Gabriele \ O: BG B.Wahler & A. Böckmann,
GER
Vera Nass
RG Klosterhof Medingen
160,00 EUR 9.5 9.3 9.2 8.5 9.4 9.18
5. 947 Springbank VH
G \ SWB \ F \ 2010 \ Skovens Rafael x De Niro \ B: Västra Hoby Stuteri AB , \ O: Västra Hoby Stuteri AB u.Jeanna Hög
SWE
Jeanna Högberg 95,00 EUR 9.5 8.1 9.2 8.8 9.3 8.98
5. 927 Sir Olli
S \ Old \ B \ 2010 \ Sir Donnerhall I x Florestan I \ B: Küst,Gerd \ O: Küst,Vivien
GER
Ann-Christin Wienkamp
RFV Mesum e.V.
95,00 EUR 8.8 9.5 8.8 9.0 8.8 8.98
7. 495 Ferdeaux
S \ KWPN \ DB \ 2010 \ Bordeaux (NLD) x Ferro \ B: Esterik,G. van \ O: J. van Uytert & G. v.Esterik
NED
Kirsten Brouwer 80,00 EUR 9.0 8.8 9.2 8.5 9.2 8.94
8. 514 Fiontina
M \ DWB \ F \ 2010 \ Fassbinder x Romanov Blue Hors \ B: Lund,Hanne und Hansen,Henrik \ O: Helgstrand Dressage A/S,Helgstrand Dressage A/S / A.Helgstr,Lund,Hanne und Hansen,Henrik
DEN
Andreas Helgstrand
RSC Osnabruecker Land e.V.
60,00 EUR 9.0 9.0 8.8 8.5 9.0 8.86
9. 1111 Franklin 54
S \ KWPN \ Db \ 2010 \ Ampere (NLD) x Ferro \ B: Veehandel Musterd B.V., \ O: Witte,N.F,Collins,T & L.
ESP
Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez 55,00 EUR 9.8 7.7 8.9 8.8 9.0 8.84
10. 1024 Vincent Maranello
S \ DWB \ B \ 2010 \ Zack x Future Cup \ B: Haugum,Jane Gry \ O: Helgstrand Dressage A/S
DEN
Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard 55,00 EUR 9.0 8.3 9.2 8.5 9.0 8.80
11. 1013 Van Vivaldi
S \ KWPN \ R \ 2010 \ Vivaldi x Olivi \ B: Schuiling,E.u.J. \ O: Lövsta Stuteri AB
SWE
Caroline Darcourt 50,00 EUR 9.0 9.0 8.8 8.0 9.0 8.76
12. 1056 Zikade 5
M \ Trak. \ Db \ 2010 \ Singolo x Tambour \ B: Timm,Norbert \ O: Timm,Norbert
GER
Dorothee Schneider
Frankf.Turnierst.Schw.Gelb e.V.
50,00 EUR 8.7 8.8 8.5 9.0 8.7 8.74
total = 1.600,00 EUR
not placed
13. 850 Rockman Royal NG
S \ Westf \ B \ 2010 \ Rock Forever I x Show Star \ B: Laumann,Herbert \ O: BG J.Hinnemann&NextGeneration Dress
GER
Stefanie Wolf
RV Krüsterhof Voerde e.V.
8.5 9.0 8.2 8.8 8.8 8.66
14. 437 Egebjerggaards Dutchmann
G \ DWB \ B \ 2010 \ Sandreo x Sam Sam (Sergio) \ B: Green Hansen,Anders \ O: GROEN,Astrid Therkelsen
DEN
Astrid Therkelsen Groen 9.2 7.9 8.8 8.5 8.8 8.64
15. 257 Closehorses Fenix
S \ KWPN \ SCHWB \ 2010 \ Vivaldi x Houston \ B: Germs,H. \ O: Scholtens,Emmelie
NED
Emmelie Scholtens
RG Heisfelde e.V.
8.4 8.7 8.7 8.4 8.8 8.60
15. 707 Lucky Strike 96
G \ Hann \ R \ 2010 \ Lord Laurie x His Highness \ B: Hartwich,Monika \ O: Ots Dr.,Max Endel
USA
Endel Ots 8.7 8.2 8.5 9.0 8.6 8.60
17. 530 Florina 146
M \ Hann \ B \ 2010 \ Fürst Romancier x Donnerhall \ B: Droege,Walter P.J \ O: Droege,Walter P.J
GER
Claudia Rüscher
RFV Greven e.V.
8.5 8.8 8.5 8.2 8.6 8.52
18. 1165 Sanciscus
S \ Hann \ B \ 2010 \ Sancisco x De Niro \ B: Gerner,Uwe \ O: Engeler,Andrea
SUI
Andrea Engeler
Pferdezucht- u. RV Luhmühlen e.V.
8.5 7.7 8.8 8.4 8.5 8.38
18. 1163 Forever Love HC
M \ Hann \ R \ 2010 \ Floriscount x Rotspon \ B: Tegtmeyer,Elke u.Claudia \ O: HC Stables
BEL
Anemome Samyn 8.5 8.7 8.2 8.0 8.5 8.38
20. 536 Forty 2
S \ KWPN \ B \ 2010 \ UB 40 x Contango \ B: ZG Familie van Winden, \ O: Hamminga & Gerritsen
NED
Jennifer Sekreve 8.5 7.0 8.8 9.0 8.5 8.36
21. 563 Gallartic Biolley
M \ Old \ Df \ 2010 \ Galliani Biolley x Florestan I \ B: Sadeleer ,Stephanie de \ O: Sadeleer ,Stephanie de
BEL
Katrien Verreet 8.5 8.5 8.5 7.5 8.3 8.26
22. 513 Fiolojn
M \ KWPN \ Schi \ 2010 \ Jazz x Democraat \ B: Roelofsen Agro Portugal, \ O: Roelofsen Agro Portugal,
POR
Hugo Pereira 8.8 7.8 7.8 8.2 8.2 8.16
23. 1109 First Lady 263
M \ KWPN \ F \ 2010 \ Sir Donnerhall I x Johnson \ B: Poel,S. \ O: Gerrits,K.
BEL
Julie Dossin 9.5 7.0 7.8 8.2 8.2 8.14
23. 360 Deluxe 23
M \ Rhld \ Schwb \ 2010 \ Don Primus x Wolkentanz II \ B: Stratmann,Janet \ O: Walterscheidt,Anja,Stiegler,Laura
GER
Laura Blackert
TurnierSG Hülsmann
8.2 8.0 8.4 7.8 8.3 8.14
25. 848 Rock Forever II
S \ Westf \ Db \ 2010 \ Rockwell x Landstreicher \ B: Könemann,Heinz \ O: Könemann,Heinz,Könemann,Gerd
GER
Ann-Kathrin Wilting
ZRFV Borken e.V.
8.1 8.8 7.8 8.0 8.2 8.13
inkl. 0.05 Abzug
26. 498 Ferrero 40
S \ KWPN \ DB \ 2010 \ Rhodium x Olivi \ B: Verwegen-Spierings,F.J.G.A. \ O: J.C. Hamminga & Gerritsen
NED
Jennifer Sekreve 8.8 7.2 8.5 7.8 8.3 8.12
27. 490 Felicia 83
M \ KWPN \ Db \ 2010 \ Vivaldi x Polansky \ B: Stal Perlee, \ O: Stall Perlee,Pearce,Simone Alexandra
AUS
Simone Alexandra Pearce
RV Seydlitz St. Tönis 1879 e.V.
8.5 7.8 7.8 7.9 8.2 8.04
28. 505 Figo ZHF
S \ Old \ Schwb \ 2010 \ Fürstenball x Royal Diamond \ B: ZG Flecher,Kurt u.Ingrid \ O: ZG Flecher,Kurt u.Ingrid
AUT
Martin Flecher 8.2 7.5 8.0 7.8 8.2 7.94
29. 974 Sultan des Paluds
G \ Hann \ DF \ 2010 \ Soliman de Hus x De Niro \ B: Bouillot,Pablo \ O: Bouillot,Pablo
FRA
Isabelle Pinto 7.8 8.8 7.3 7.5 7.5 7.78
30. 535 Forte MG
G \ KWPN \ BAY \ 2010 \ Rousseau x Pion \ B: \ O: J.C. Hamminga & Gerritsen
ESP
Claudio Castilla Ruiz 7.2 8.0 8.2 7.3 7.8 7.70
31. 61 Banderas 39
S \ Hann \ B \ 2010 \ Barclay x Davignon I \ B: Meyer,Rolf \ O: Gmoser,Peter
AUT
Peter Gmoser 7.5 6.8 8.7 7.5 7.8 7.66
32. 917 Silky Moves
S \ Old \ F \ 2010 \ Starnberg x Fürst Heinrich \ B: Jaite,Reinhard \ O: Malir,Josef
CZE
Hana Vasaryova 8.0 7.3 7.4 7.2 7.7 7.47
inkl. 0.05 Abzug
33. 1055 Zidney
G \ SWB \ F \ 2010 \ Zuidenwind x Laurentio \ B: Andersson,Camilla u.Set \ O: Jansson,Stefan
SWE
Stefan Jansson 7.6 7.2 7.4 7.4 7.4 7.40
34. 624 JJ Day-Lights Jackpot
S \ DWB \ Bay \ 2010 \ Johnson x Show Star \ B: Madsen,Katja L.H. \ O: Kanga Invest AS,
POR
Frederico Mexia de Almeida 8.5 5.8 7.8 6.5 7.8 7.28
35. 623 Jinx Ek
M \ SWB \ Db \ 2010 \ Johnson x Sandro Song \ B: Zeiloth,Lena u.Benny \ O: Stuteri,Eklunda
SWE
Emelie Aldenfalk 7.7 6.5 7.5 7.2 7.0 7.18
36. 630 Kozinsky van de Dries
S \ BWP \ B \ 2010 \ Quaterback x Clavecimbel \ B: Laevens,Dirk \ O: LAEVENS,Kevin
BEL
Kevin Laevens 7.7 8.2 7.0 5.8 7.3 7.05
inkl. 0.15 Abzug
37. 887 Scherman
S \ Hann \ Db \ 2010 \ Workington x Weltmeyer \ B: Umlauf,Ladislav \ O: Umlauf,Ladislav
CZE
Eva Jancarikova 7.0 8.0 6.3 6.0 6.8 6.82
38. 551 Furs Frederik
G \ Old \ R \ 2010 \ Fürst Romancier x Don Frederico \ B: Meumann,Thomas \ O: Katinaite-Pranckeviciene,Dalia
LTU
Dalia Katinaite-Pranckeviciene 7.0 4.8 6.8 6.5 6.0 6.22
38. 1162 Riverbank Farbenfroh
G \ FWB \ F \ 2010 \ Fürst Fugger x Diamond Hit \ B: Vainikka Marjo \ O: Marjo Vanikka
FIN
Melinda Ignatius 7.2 5.0 6.8 5.9 6.2 6.22
40. 550 Funfun HB
M \ KWPN \ B \ 2010 \ Delatio x Montecristo \ B: \ O: Ködar,Darvet,Lepiste,Maiken
EST
Maiken Lepiste 6.2 7.3 6.2 5.0 5.9 6.12
41. 476 Famous Reina
M \ KWPN \ F \ 2010 \ Rousseau x Olivi \ B: Kiemeney,P.L.W.C. \ O: Lepiste,Maiken
EST
Maiken Lepiste 7.2 4.0 5.8 4.0 5.5 5.30
42. 875 Sandbaeks Rio-El
S \ DWB \ B \ 2010 \ Skovens Rafael x De Noir \ B: Kirkegaard Kjeldgaard,Inger \ O: Klaesson u.Blikstad Family,
NOR
Elise Klaesson 7.0 4.0 6.0 4.0 5.0 5.20
el. 558 F-1
S \ Old \ B \ 2010 \ Floriscount x Roadster \ B: Merveldt,Patricia V. von \ O: Green,Shiwon
NZL
Shiwon Green
prize money 1.600,00 EUR
judges Susanne Baarup (DEN)
Annette Fransen Iacobaeus (SWE)
Andrew Ralph Gardner (GBR)
Liselotte Fore (USA)