The Hanoverian bred Danciero (Dancier x Fuechtels Floriscount) and his rider and owner Anna Kasprzak emerged victorious in the final for seven-year-old horses at the Longines FEI/WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championships for Young Horses. Two 10s on the score sheet raised the total score to 86.82%. The silver medal was awarded to Global Player OLD (Grand Galaxy Win T x Blue Hors Don Schufro) that received 83.12% under Leonie Richter. The third step of the podium was claimed by Lightning Star (Ferguson x De Niro) and Kirsten Brouwer with 81.77% score.
“The first word that comes to mind is ‘harmony’, I wrote it down in capital letters”, begins commentating judge Maria Colliander her evaluation of the brand-new world champion. “He is clearly a happy athlete and you two have a beautiful partnership together.” This was reflected in the marks as the horse received a 10 for both the submission and the perspective. The mistake at the end of the test due to a changing screen on the scoreboard should not affect that score, argued the jury. The paces of the dark bay gelding were all rewarded with a 9+ mark, the walk peaking at a 9.8. “Danciero has a nearly flawless walk; clear, relaxed and he shows so much ability to collect”, said Mrs. Colliander.
“It is easy to be a good rider on this horse, he gives so much of himself”, says a glowing Anna Kasprzak about her world champion that was bred by Zg. Broers U. Weber. “He gave me an amazing feeling today; he felt a bit more focused than Friday and his walk was better as well. I am super happy with the result but even more so with his progression. It means a lot to me that he received the 10s for those two aspects and I am eagerly and confidently looking forward to the future.” Danciero’s breeder shares he had faith in the gelding ever since he was young: “As a foal he displayed good paces and quality, but nothing made me suspect that he would go on to achieve such great things. And what a level-headed temperament, Danciero even seemed to enjoy the prize giving ceremony. In Verden he got silver with Eva and now gold. A dream.”
The 2022 world champion of the six-year-old horses, Global Player OLD, flaunted his qualities in Ermelo once again. Awarding a 9.7 for his trot and a 9.6 for his walk, the jury revealed to be deeply impressed by the black stallion. “Global Player has a very active and elastic trot and moves so freely from the shoulder”, lauds Maria Colliander. “His walk is clear, covers a lot of ground and his extended walk is fantastic. We expect and hope this horse has a bright future ahead of him in dressage. We could also call him ‘Global Charmer’”.
Bronze medalist Lightning Star was also bestowed with a medal at a previous edition of the WC for Young Dressage horses. Two years ago, the KWPN mare and her rider Kirsten Brouwer clutched the bronze in Verden as well. “I had a great feeling this WC, Lightning Star is so safe in her tempi changes despite her age, and she always wants to work for me”, beams her rider. “I always try to establish this bond with my horse, so they are happy and trust me and want to work with me. This test is quite technical, but she is fine with that. She now gets a well-deserved break and this winter perhaps a debut at Small Tour level.”
The jury, chaired by Henning Lehrmann, confirmed Kirsten’s feeling with high marks and raving comments. “Lightning Star is a true lady, incredibly charming and clearly well-produced by her rider. She has a pure walk and powerful trot with a great suspension. The contact with the rider was consistent yet soft.” The mare, owned by R&R Sporthorses and Stal Brouwer and bred by T. Wilaras, was awarded four 9-something marks, including a 9.2 for her submission and perspective.
Picture: Dirk Caremans