One of the additional classes at the Longines FEI WBFSH Dressage World Championship for Young Horses is the battle of four-year-old talents. Fall In Love (Blue Hors Farrell x San Amour) owned by Mario Vargas triumphed in the first round. Presented by Svenja Grimms, this Hanoverian mare received an average score of 8.86 from judges Marian Dorresteijn and Patrick Berends.
“It was a wonderful competition in a beautiful setting”, stated Dorresteijn afterwards. “In general, we have seen quality horses with a fantastic top layer. The winner displayed the most harmony, was focused on the rider and was very well presented.” “Precisely how we like to see it”, adds Patrick Berends. Have we seen future WC-horses at work? “Fair chance, given the quality.”
“It felt amazing”, responds winner Svenja Grimm enthusiastically. “I still cannot believe it. I have truly enjoyed the ride. It was so nice to ride in this stunning arena. Fall in Love felt great, but she always does. Once we enter the ring, she is focused and ready to go.”
The jury awarded the highest marks to the walk of Fall In Love: a 9.2. “I think all three gaits are fantastic. This time the walk earned the top mark, other times she received the highest grade for canter or the trot. I think she is a very complete horse”, says Grimm with a smile.
Horse for the big levels
Nanny McPhee (Vitalis x Sorento) of Stal Ribbels took the second place. The KWPN mare was presented by Judith Ribbels to earn an average score of 8.76. Her highest score was a 9.0 for the canter. “This mare astounds in her quality of movement and use of the hind leg. At times, she could have lengthened more, but we are talking about finesses now”, says Dorresteijn. “It is a horse with natural go, elasticity, and the right attitude. To top it off, she is also light-footed. Berends: “A horse we believe to be very suitable for the big levels of sport. A quality horse in every way.”
Bart Veeze guided the KWPN-bred Nero (Ferguson x Totilas) of Bruver B.V. to a score of 8.74. “Another horse with an alluring presence, expression and athletic use of the body”, says Dorresteijn. “It was a very close top-three.”
Find all the results here.