Extraordinary Collection of Talented, Accomplished 7YOs at World Young Horse Championships.
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By ILSE SCHWARZ
ERMELO, Netherlands, Aug. 4, 2023–What an extraordinary collection of talented and accomplished quality seven-year-old horses at the World Young Horse Championships.
This year, it has to be said that the quality over all divisions was outrageously good. I feel confident in saying, the best ever as a whole. I vividly remember when the seven-year-old division started and it was like a poorly executed version of a sad Prix St Georges for many of the horses. As the years have passed, this has actually become a realistic goal in the progression of training for the talented young horse and this year, 2023, it was wonderful to see so many horses competing that also presented as five-year-olds.
It is also worth noting that the judges have shown over the past few years that they have no interest in rewarding manufactured, tense versions of expression so as the horse reach this very first step of their FEI careers we see so much beautiful riding and correct execution of the movements that we can really see how this will progress to true FEI careers.
This class held extra interest to me as one of the competitors, Hope Beerling of Australia, was competing for the USA on the delightful mare Vianne, was bred by Catherine Haddad Staller of the USA.
Hope had contacted me as a fellow Aussie about a position when she first made the decision to leave Australia for training. I gave her Catherine’s contact, and then assured Catherine that she was worth taking a chance on, even though she would only be on a travel visa for three months. Obviously, it was the right decision for both of them and I have been so very excited by the progress and development of Hope. What an achievement for her making it here on a horse she actually started.
As I move to reporting on the results, it is truly fun to note that the top two places in this class, the stallions Danciero (Dancier x Fuchtels Floriscount) and Global Player, (Grand Galaxy Win x Blue Hors Don Schufro) were both medalists with Eva Möller as their rider in the five and six year old divisions. Eva retired earlier this year from competition as one of the top young horse riders, but it is wonderful to see the horses successful under their new riders.
Hope, 23, and Vianne were third to go in a class of 40 rides. Not the world’s best draw, but what can you do?
She had a beautiful ride. The mare is so elastic through her body in all the gaits and has such cadence, balance and scope in the trot. Neither Hope nor Vianne were affected by the atmosphere. Hope’s aids for the flying changes are basically invisible, with only a small mistake in a half pass.
I had my fingers crossed that the judges would look at the performance and not either flag Hope was wearing–yes, she had the Australian flag on her jacket and the USA flag on her saddle pad. The judges couldn’t have cared less about the flags and rewarded the ride with a 77.234. Let me tell you it was a seriously long day waiting to see if she made the finals directly. I am happy to report she finished in 10th place, beating some extremely well known, successful riders. I can now say that I have seen Catherine crying, The mare she bred and trained was in the top 10 in the world, with the rider she has developed and nurtured… I would be ugly crying. It was special to be involved, even on the fringes.
This was a really fun class as there were top rides throughout. Some I predicted, some I totally didn’t! It was extra lovely to see some of my favorite stallions, Hesselhoej Donkey Boy and Dante Weltino OLD as sires of some of the top 12.
The winner of the class was the stallion Danciero, now ridden by Anna Kasprzak for Helgstrand Dressage/Schockemöhle. He was uniformly very good in everything: trot 9.1, walk 9.2, canter 8.6, submission 9.0, perspective 9.3, a technical score 76.250% for a total of 83.325%.
In second place was the stallion Global Player OLD. He was world champion six-year-old last year with Eva Möller and I certainly wouldn’t bet against him doing the same again this year, ridden by Leonie Richter of Germany. He dropped to walk in his canter pirouette right which had a big impact on the canter, submission and technical scores. He had 9.4 for trot, walk 9.3, canter 8.6, submission 7.7 and perspective 9.3 with a technical score of 77.768% for a final total of 83.184%.
Third place went to the Dimaggio stallion Diaton (Dimaggio x Benetton Dream) ridden by Nicole Wego-Engelmeyer for Germany. The duo directly followed Hope and held their high ranking through the entire class: trot 8.9, walk 9.3, canter 8.8, submission 8.8, perspective 9.4 for technical of 75.714% and a total of 83.057%.
Las Vegas (Ferdeux x Wynton) currently ridden by Hans Peter Minderhoud for the Netherlands is an extraordinarily loose, powerful large stallion with a canter that drew gasps from the spectators. With such incredibly big movement on such an enormous stallion, the collection is still a little tricky, but he has all the presence in the world and is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Unfortunately his walk is a little tight, although in clean rhythm: trot 8.9, walk 7.5, canter 9.0, submission 8.6, perspective 9.0, technical 76.340% for a total of 81.170% This was the only score over the last two days to elicit “boos” from the crowd!
In 5th place was the continually delightful mare Lightning Star (Ferguson x De Niro) ridden for the Netherlands by Kristen Brouwer. This petite mare blew me away when she arrived in the 5-year-old division in 2021, and again in 2022. Well, she is here as a serious contender in 2023, too. Trot 8.8, walk 8.8, canter 8.5, submission 8.3, perspective 8.8, technical 74.018%, for a final score of 80.209%
Anna Kasprzak (DEN)
Leonie Richter (GER)
Global Player OLD
Nicole Wego-Engelmeyer (GER)
Hans Peter Minderhoud (NED)
Kirsten Brouwer (NED)
Susanne Barnow (DEN)
Isabell Werth (GER)
Vendela Eriksdotter Rubin (SWE)
Claudia Chauchard (FRA)
Apachi VD Biebosschen
Hope Beerling (USA)
Ida Nordenberg Küchenmeistern (SWE)
Sarah Rogers (GBR)
Annika Korte (GER)
Tommie Visser (BEL)
Niels Bax (NED)
Santiago Damil (GER)
L’ Amore Per Sempre OLD
Lena Waldmann (GER)
Fransisco Benitez Sanchez (NED)
Thamar Zweistra (NED)
Kristine Möller-Engel (LUX)
DSP Big Bang
Susanne Barnow (DEN)
Aatoftens Dancing Memory
Lone Bang Zindorff (DEN)
Majken Faaborg Glerup (DEN)
Jennifer Svensson (SWE)
Helene Melsen (SWE)
Charlotta Rogerson (SUI)
Nina Verina Braun (GER)
Ruben Gonzalez Soto (ESP)
Degas de Ymas
Martin Hauptmann (AUT)
Claudio Castilla Ruiz (ESP)
Alicia Ryan (AUS)
Laura Tomlinson (GBR)
Full Moon II
Charlotte Chalvignac (FRA)
Diamonds Diva 5
Alberto García-Briñon Martín (ESP)
Juan De Dios Ramírez García (ESP)
Tom Heylen (BEL)
Quberon van het Beukenhof
Andrea Sangiorgi (ITA)
Soiree’s Night PS
Adelinde Cornelissen (NED)
Roberto Brasil (POR)
Juan Antonio Jimenez-Cobo (ESP)
XO Girales Mor
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