Dorothee Schneider & First Romance Win Ludwigsburg CDI4* Grand Prix Special in Horse’s Big Tour Debut

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Dorothee Schneider and First Romance.

LUDWIGSBURG, Germany, Sept. 26, 2021–Dorothee Schneider rode First Romance to victory in the Ludwigsburg Dressage Festival CDI4* Grand Prix Special Sunday in the 11-year-old horse’s first Big Tour competition.

Dorothee, a multiple Olympic team gold medal rider for Germany, and the Baden-Württemberg gelding scored 72.404%. Mistakes in both the one and two-tempi changes dropped the score that had begun well above 77%.

Dorothee had won seven of eight previous international competitions on First Romance (Fuerst Romancier x Day Dream)
beginning at five years of age through Small Tour in 2018.

Fellow Germans Jasmin Schaudt on Fano posted a personal best 71.170% for runner-up, the highest placing so far in the pair’s third Special. and Nicole Wego-Engelmeyer on Dante placed third on 70.702%, also a personal best in their first Special.

Results:

CDI4* Grand Prix Special

Judges: Ulrike Nivelle Peter Storr Magnus Ringmark Gotthilf Riexinger Marietta Almasy
Place Score Nation Athlete Horse E H C M B
1. 72.404 GER Dorothee Schneider First Romance 2 73.830 71.064 70.851 73.936 72.340
2. 71.170 GER Jasmin Schaudt Fano 3 72.340 70.000 70.957 70.532 72.021
3. 70.702 GER Nicole Wego-Engelmeyer Dante 71.277 69.043 70.213 69.255 73.723
4. 69.702 GER Nicole Casper Birkhof’s Don Röschen FBW 70.319 69.149 69.574 69.468 70.000
5. 67.830 IND Anush Agarwalla Sir Caramello OLD 68.085 67.128 67.766 67.340 68.830
6. 66.021 GER Franziska Stieglmaier DSP Dauphin 66.723 65.872 64.809 65.660 67.043
7. 65.362 GER Alina Röhricht Atlantis 65.957 66.064 62.766 66.596 65.426
7. 65.362 GER Katharina Hemmer Signorina 10 67.553 64.043 63.936 63.511 67.766
9. 64.936 GER Annika Feldhaus Hicksteadt 64.787 65.106 63.404 64.574 66.809