A landslide victory for My Toto (Glock’s Toto Jr. x Voice) and Hans Peter Minderhoud in the eHorses small final for six-year-old horses at the Longines FEI/WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Ermelo. The KWPN gelding moved to 87.6%, leaving a gap of 4% towards the runner-up Chere Celine OLD (Governor-Str x San Amour) and Lena Waldmann. Hesselhoej Double Up (Hesselhoej Donkey Boy x Sir Lancelot M) and Anders Uve Sjøbeck placed third with a score of 82.2%.
The six-year-old Glock’s Toto Jr. offspring, bred and owned by Aad Both and co-owned by Lida Both-van Loef and Miga Horses, received a 9.4 for his walk and a 9.0 for the perspective. According to chairman of the jury Adriaan Hamoen, the gelding showed off his talents significantly better than during the qualification. “The horse was clearly more relaxed and then his impressive qualities really come out to shine, plus we get to award higher marks. The entire top three gave a much better performance than yesterday.”
Rider Hans Peter Minderhoud is visibly pleased after the test: “My Toto felt even better than yesterday and that resulted in higher marks for every aspect. My goal for Ermelo was to qualify for the finals with both horses and we did it. I am super happy! My Toto’s best quality? His mindset, he always gives it his all and he is such a comfortable horse to ride.”
The Oldenburger mare Chere Celine, bred by Gestüt Meyenburg and owner Gisa Löwe, received two 8.5s for her powerful walk and canter. Chere Celine placed sixth in last year’s final for five-year-old horses and is now granted another chance to prove herself in the final. The DWB-bred Hesselhoej Double Up, bred by Hans Jørgen Hoeck and owned by Hesselhoej.Dk., is making his World Championships debut this year. The stallion gave a solid performance logging 8.5s for the canter and perspective on his score sheet. Arie Hamoen is looking forward to the final on Sunday: “There are a few contenders in the race, I cannot think of only one prime candidate for the title. Even in the final it depends if the horses are on their game that day, it is definitely going to be close.”
Picture: Dirk Caremans