A microscopic difference of 0.15% put Danciero (Dancier x Fuechtels Floriscant) and Anna Kasprzak ahead of Global Player OLD (Grand Galaxy Win T x Blue Hors Don Schufro) and Leonie Richter the KWPN/KNHS qualification for seven-year-old dressage horses at the Longines FEI/WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championships for Young Horses. 83.32% and 83.18% secured the first and second position, though Diaton (DiMaggio x Benetton Dream FRH) ridden by Nicole Wego-Engelmeyer was breathing down their necks with 83.05%.
The silver medalist of the WBFSH in 2021 received a score sheets with four 9+ marks. “Danciero gave me an amazing feeling. He was a bit tense during the training and the warming up, but in the test he was perfect. We have worked on a lot of things and the trot now has a lot more balance and he has also developed strength in the changes and pirouettes.” His rider and owner Anna Kasprzak acquired the by Zg. Broers U. Weber bred DiMaggio-offspring in May 2022 and had him gelded. The rider gave the Hannoverian ample time to recover and now he is ready to vie for the medals. “His best feature? The rideability, he is such an easy horse to ride in the test. Danciero also has the perfect mindset for the big sports, he does everything for me. And I think that’s the most important. The podium is in sight, but the scores are all so close. Anything can happen, there is no room for mistakes. It will be an exciting final!”
Tit for tat
Everyone was eagerly anticipating the performance of the 2022 world champion of six-year-old horses, Global Player OLD. The Oldenburger stallion, bred by Henrik Hansen and owned by Hengsthaltung Helgsrtand and Schockemöhle flaunted his talent as he obtained a 9.4 for the trot and 9.3 for perspective. However, the competition is far from over. Receiving a 9.3 for the walk and 9.4 for perspective, Diaton, bred by Silke Groeneveld and owned by Maria Teresa Pohl, has set his eyes on the title as well. “The top three contenders excel in quality, but the final will undoubtedly be sensational since the numbers one through six are seriously talented horses”, predicts chairman of the jury Henning Lehrman.
Picture: Dirk Caremans