Isabel Freese and her stallion Total Hope OLD (Totilas x Don Schufro) reigned supreme in the CDI3* Grand Prix presented by Helgstrand Dressage that is held during the WC for Young Dressage Horses. A 74.39%-total placed them ahead of Great Britain’s Charlotte Fry and the striking gelding Especial (Everdale x Vivaldi) that received 73.04% for their test.
Total Hope OLD, the son of the phenomenal Weihegold, is bred by Christine Arns-Krogmann and owned by Lone Boegh-Hendriksen and Paul Schockemöhle. The stallion was a vision of effortlessness in the ring. Number two, Especial of Charlotte Fry, bred and owned by Van Olst Horses, made his 3* debut. The gelding showcased abundant talent in the piaffe and passage. The third place was claimed by Spanish rider Borja Carroscosa and Sir Hubert B (s.Sir Heinrich OLD), bred by Hubert Brinkmann and owned by his rider. This combination obtained 71.609%.
Chairman of the jury Thomas Kessler: “The top three consists of very talented horses. Total Hope and Isabel performed a great test and if the horse were a bit more relaxed, the score could be even higher. We really enjoyed it! Especial and Sir Hubert B are not as experienced yet, but showed us so much potential in this impressive arena. Crowds have flocked to Ermelo this is the perfect learning opportunity for horses and riders.”
Dress rehearsal for EC
Isabel is pleased after her test. “Total Hope was so focused. It has been a while since the last show. We had a few small issues, but overall, he felt great. This is the last competition before the European Championship. For us, it is important to analyze which aspects we must practice further during our training sessions the coming four weeks and gives us an idea how fit he is. Tomorrow we will ride the Special, it is our dream to qualify for the Grand Prix Special at the EC, so this is our dress rehearsal so to say. Total Hope is happy here in Ermelo. He’s got a super stable, very quiet, great conditions, good footing and an enthusiastic audience,” says Freese.
The top five was completed by Quartar (s.Quantenspring) and Juan Antonia Jimenez Cobo in rank four with 70.870% and Thranengaards Rostov (s.Romanov) of Lone Bang Zindorff placed with 69.718%.
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