Dutch warmblood stallion Dancer Forever won the FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for six-year-old horses at Verden at the weekend, with a final score of 9.04.
Kirsten Brouwer rode the chestnut son of Vivaldi, bred by G. A. Roza from a Tango mare and owned by the Valk, Wittens and Scholtens families. Dancer Forever achieved the highest score of 9.8 for his trot, and collected top marks of 9 and better for his other paces, with his walk scoring 7.8.
The tables were turned slightly on the qualifier on Friday, where Vivaldi sons filled the top three placings, but Dancer Forever improved from his second-place score of 8.82.
Austrian rider Stephanie Dearing, 25, and the grey Hanoverian stallion Auheim’s Del Magico (Dimaggio / Feinbrand) finished second on 8.66. He showed awesome canter qualities, submissiveness and concentration, and the silver medal was a dream come true for Dearing, who since her first visit to Verden in 2002, had wanted to compete in the World Championships. Judges Maria Colliander, Andrew Gardner, Kurt Christensen and Dr Dietrich Plewa gave them a final total of 8.66 points, after awarding 9 for canter and 8.9 for general impression, and this pushed Maree and Tim Cooman’s Dutch Warmblood, Dream Boy (Vivaldi / Ferro), who had won the qualifer, down to bronze medal spot as they posted 8.64 when last into the arena. Dearing’s excellent result was a first for Austria whose riders have never taken a medal at these Championships before.
For the second time in two days Beatrice Buchwald was just pipped for a place on the podium, on this occasion missing out by 0.02 points with Den Haag (Diamond Hit x Florestan).
The Organising Committee welcomed more than 40,000 spectators to the event, in three arenas featuring dressage, jumping, riding club and driving competitions.
A pilot project when first staged at the German venue 17 years ago, these Championships were modelled on the World Championships for Young Jumping horses at Lanaken in Belgium and, after visiting several other locations down the years, returned to Verden in 2013 and again this year where they took place for the 15th time.
After some consideration, the FEI determined the selection criteria so there are no more than 50 competitors in each age group. This year’s Championships took place within the framework of an International Dressage and Jumping Festival that also attracted many top contenders from the senior ranks who used the tournament as the final test and preparation for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.
FEI Director of Dressage, Trond Asmyr, who attended the event, said: “the quality of the horses along with their training and riding has improved so much over recent years. It’s amazing to watch the fantastic standard of riding at this show which is staged by a highly professional organising team. They provide the very best conditions for both young and experienced horses which makes the competition just about as good as it can be, and the fixture is very popular with both the participants and the public,” he said.
Six-year-old Championship: GOLD – Dancer Forever (Kirsten Brouwer) NED 9.04; SILVER – Auheim’s Del Magico (Stephanie Dearing) AUT 8.66; BRONZE – Dream Boy (Gerdine Maree) NED 8.64.
Tobias Meyer from Löningen-Benstrup won the Verden Grand Prix with the nine-year-old Hanoverian Stakkato-son Seal 5. Meyer outclassed the field with a clear round in 42.07 seconds, with Joachim Heyer (Cappeln) and Aquarell PW also clear for second in 45.89. In third was Christian Glienewinkel (Nienburg) with Levisto’s Pleasure and Holger Hetzel (Goch) with Legioner.
Gilbert Böckmann and the stallion Semper Fi won the division of six-year-old jumpers for the Hanoverian Show Jumping Championships, with a mark of 9, while Stephan Naber (Unna) and Lord Fauntleroy (9.5) won the five-year-old division. Both horses were Verden winners last year. Lord Fauntleroy is by the Böckmann stallion Lord Pezi and was 2011 Premium Stallion of the Hanoverian Stallion Licensing.
Cor de Dinard by Corlensky G and Thomas Heineking (Nendorf) won the Championships of four-year-old Hanoverian showjumping horses.