Total Hope, Totilas Son, Ridden by Norway’s Isabel Freese to Nürnberger Burg-Pokal Title

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Total Hope, a Totilas offspring by an embryo transfer to Weihegold OLD, ridden by Isabel Freese to victory in the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal, the German championship for seven-to-nine year-old Prix St. Georges horses. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec. 21, 2019–Total Hope, a Totilas son by embryo transfer to Weihegold OLD, was ridden by Isabel Freese to victory Saturday in the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal, the German championship for Prix St. Georges horses aged seven to nine years and the world’s most prestigious event of its level. (Report on interview with Isabell to come later Saturday)

The seven-year-old Total hope (Totilas x Blue Hors Don Schufro) was awarded 79.220% by the five-member ground jury, including three marks of 9.5 and two of 9.0 for canter, the highest scoring gait.

The victory by Isabell, a Norwegian who has been based in Germany for 20 years and rides for Paul Schockemöhle of Performance Sales International, was her second in the Burg-Pokal and only the second non-German to win the title. She won in 2016 on Vitalis, the stallion that was previously owned by Charlotte Jorst of the United States who competed the horse at the World Young Horse Championships in 2013.

Kira Wulferding on Bonita Springs in the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Kira Wulferding on Bonita Springs (Boston x Fidertanz) placed second on 78.512% with Lena Waldmann on Cadeau Noir (Christ x De Niro) third on 76.293%.

The Burg-Pokal and the Lousidor Prize, the German championship for developing Grand Prix horses aged eight to 10 are so prestigious and followed around the world. The Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida introduced a similar Prix St. Georges series in 2019 and in 2020 will stage the Prix St. Georges competition again sponsored by Summit Farm and will launch a developing Grand Prix series sponsorrd by Sweden’s Lövsta Future Challenge.

Lena Waldmann on Cadeau Noi. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Nürnberger Burg-Pokal Prix St. Georges Special

Elke Ebert Henning Lehrmann Dietrich Plewa Katrina Wüst Peter Holler
Place Score % Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B Spectators
1. 79.220 NOR Isabel Freese Total Hope OLD 79.146 78.780 76.341 80.000 81.829 77.158 (1)
2. 78.512 GER Kira Wulferding Bonita Springs 78.049 77.439 79.878 79.024 78.171 74.435 (2)
3. 75.537 GER Lena Waldmann Cadeau Noir 74.390 75.122 76.951 75.732 75.488 72.590 (7)
4. 75.220 GER Hubertus Schmidt Denoix PCH 74.146 75.122 75.366 75.244 76.220 73.486 (6)
5. 75.073 GER Lena Waldmann Morricone 75.244 74.268 72.561 76.707 76.585 74.426 (3)
6. 73.415 GER Helen Langehanenberg Vayron 74.146 75.000 74.024 71.707 72.195 73.893 (4)
7. 72.463 GER Dorothee Schneider Lord Fittipaldi M 72.439 71.707 70.488 75.122 72.561 73.821 (5)
8. 72.390 GER Thomas Wagner Soul Men 72.805 72.561 74.146 72.195 70.244 72.189 (10)
9. 72.244 GER Andrea Timpe Don Carismo 2 71.098 72.683 72.805 72.195 72.439 72.324 (8)
10. 70.390 GER Matthias Bouten Meggle’s Grimani TSF 70.366 70.244 68.902 70.122 72.317 71.236 (12)
11. 69.049 GER Annabel Frenzen Kiefferhof’s Imperius 69.756 68.537 68.537 69.512 68.902 72.246 (9)
12. 69.024 GER Nicole Casper Zalando OLD 68.780 68.902 69.390 68.293 69.756 71.624 (11)