Germany’s Christoph Koschel & Shakespeare Take Wellington’s Future Stars Performance Series Final

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Germany’s Christoph Koschel on Shakespeare celebrating victory in the Future Stars Performance Series of Prix St. Georges horses seven to nine years old inaugurated at the Global Dressage Festival. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 30, 2019–Christoph Koschel of Germany and Shakespeare won the final of the inaugural Iron Spring Farm Future Star Performance Series for horses aged seven to nine years old at Prix St. Georges that competed throughout the Global Dressage Festival for an invitation to the wrapup event that was highly praised by riders.

Christoph and Shakespeare, a nine-year-old Mecklenburg gelding, were awarded 74.575 per cent from the ground jury of five international judges of the Developing Prix St. Georges with $10,000 in prize money, the biggest purse for a national level competition ever in America.

Christopher Hickey of Wellington and Edgemoor, South Carolina rode Straight Horse Zackonik to runner-up on a score of 72.200 per cent.

Meagan Davis of Wellington and New York was third with 72.025 per cent on Damocles HLF, American-bred and, unbeknownst to her, was acquired by her father at an auction in Orlando, Florida as a two-year-old.

Australia’s Kelly Layne, based in Wellington, and Livio Felluga were fourth on 71.925 per cent.

Christopher Hickey riding Straight Horse Zackonik in the final of the Future Stars Performance Series at the Global Dressage Festival. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The event was launched as an American version of the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal, the German Small Tour championship that is the Small Tour standard and was sponsored by Iron Spring Farm of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock Insurance of Goshen, New York and Legacy Farm of Melissa Taylor and Lars Petersen of Wellington.

Thomas Baur, Global’s dressage director, announced that the suceess of the Future Stars at Prix St. Georges had led to a decision to implement a similar series for developing Grand Prix based on Germany’s Louisdor Prize.

Christoph, who was a teenager when he competed as the youngest rider at the time in the Burg Pokal,  described the Future Stars as really well done with the qualifying on Global’s national rings throughout the three-month circuit and the final as a highlight in the centerpiece international arena.

Christoph Koschel riding Shakespeare inthe Future Stars Performance Series. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Christoph rode Donnperignon for Germany at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and the 2011 European Championships before being sold to Anna Kasprzak who competed  the horse for Denmark at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and the 2014 WEG in Normandy.

He has been riding Shakespeare (Sancisco OLD x Lomber) since the horse owned by Carrie and Bernd Schopf was six and is schooling Grand Prix movements.

“The Future Stars at Prix St. Georges and a similar developing Grand Prix series could become great stepping stones to top sport as has happened in Germany where many of our team horses come from the Burg Pokal and the Louisdor Prize,” said Christoph, 42 who is based in Hagen next to the show grounds where the annual CDI4* is staged in April and the youth team competitions in June that this year will be a 2020 Olympic test event.

Chris Hickey, a Pan American Games team and individual gold medalist in 2007, described Straight Horse Zackonik as a “worker bee” who loves to work for him.

The Danish Warmblood mare was bought as a four-year-old in Denmark by Cecelia Stewart. Chris said he had taken the horse out of being a contender for the U.S. team for the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru in July so as to focus on developing her for Big Tour.

“As an American and having shown in Europe,” he said, “it is great to have a final like this here.”

Meagan Davis and Damocles HLF in the Future Stars erformance Series final at the Global Dressage Festival. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The nine-year-old Damocles (Diamond Stud x Conneticut) that was ridden by Meagan Davis was bred in Orlando, Florida.

Her father bought the horse at auction and the first Meagan knew about it was when he called seven years ago to tell her to hook up the trailer in New York to pick up Damocles.

In addition to title sponsorship, Iron Spring donated an engraved sterling silver picture frame with a photo provided by Susan J. Stickle.

Presentation of the Iron Spring Farm Future Stars Performance Series final winner’s check to Christoph Koschel of Germany on Shakespeare with (left to right) Lars Petersen of Legacy Faem; Mariette Almasy of France, judge at C; Thomas Baur, Global Dressage sport director; Allyn Mann of Adequan, and Melissa Taylor of Legacy Farm. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Future Stars Performance Series Developing Prix St. Georges Final
Judges:
Judges: Ulrike Nivelle-GER Stephen Clarke-GBR Marietta Almasy-FRA Peter Hansághy-HUN William Warren-USA
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 74.575 GER Christoph Koschel Shakespeare 74.750 75.625 75.250 73.250 74.000
2. 72.200 USA Christopher Hickey Straight Horse Zackonik 71.250 73.000 73.375 71.125 72.250
3. 72.025 USA Meagan Davis Damocles HLF 71.000 73.500 72.000 72.000 71.625
4. 71.925 AUS Kelly Layne Livio Felluga 70.875 72.625 71.750 73.000 71.375
5. 69.600 USA Susanne Benne San Marino 68.875 70.375 70.125 70.000 68.625
6. 69.150 USA Barbie Asplundh Gorgeous 68.750 70.750 69.625 67.625 69.000
7. 67.600 CAN Cheryl Roberts Famous Forever 67.125 67.875 68.500 67.875 66.625
8. 67.275 CAN Diane Creech Dublin L 67.500 70.125 67.125 62.500 69.125
9. 66.775 USA Caleb Scroggins Gyllebo’s Bambi 65.000 67.375 66.875 67.125 67.500
10. 59.475 GER Marc Stanuschewski Graciella 61.000 60.625 59.625 60.500 55.625