USA Horses Miss World Young Horse Championship Final, 2nd Chance Saturday

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Endel Ots riding Lucky Strike in the World Young Horse Championships. © 2016 DigiShots
Endel Ots riding Lucky Strike in the World Young Horse Championships. © 2016 DigiShots

ERMELO, Netherlands, July 29, 2016–The two American owned six-year-old horses in the World Young Horse Championships preliminary test missed qualifying for the final but get a second chance in the so-called “small” final on Saturday.

Endel Ots of Wellington, Florida on Lucky Strike (Lord Laurie x His Highness), the top ranked six-year-old combination in the United States, placed 24th on a score of 74.40 in the lineup of 39 combinations.

David Wightman of Murrieta, California and Silberpfeil (Silberschmied x Boss) finished 35th on a score of 67.20.

Endel and the Hanoverian gelding owned by his father that he competed as a five-year-old at the world championships were awarded marks of 7.3 for trot, 7.4 for walk, 7.6 for canter, 7.3 for submission and 7.6 for general impression.

David Wightman and Silberpfeil in the World Young Horse Championships. ©  2016 DigiShots
David Wightman and Silberpfeil in the World Young Horse Championships. ©  2016 DigiShots

David and Silberpfeil, owned by his wife Kathleen Raine, received 7.1 for trot, 5.5 for walk, 7.6 for canter 6.8 for submission and 6.6 general impression.

The top three combinations to place in the “small” final of 27 pairs will join the 12 horses and riders that have qualified for the championship final on Sunday.

The scores attained by both American pairs were significantly lower than the averages of their U.S. qualifying shows–8.640 for Endel and Lucky Strike, ranked No. 1 in the U.S., and 7.920 for David and Silberpfeil, ranked equal 10th in the country.