This afternoon, the final for four-year-olds was convincingly won by So Unique. The son of Sezuan (ds.Donnerhall, bred by W. Klausing) showed a consistent test with Eva Möller and was clearly not intimidated by the daunting arena. President of the jury Christoph Hess: “So Unique showed an incredible mental and physical balance. What a wonderful temperament does this horse have!” The chestnut stallion received the ultimate 10 for his spacious, uphill walk, a 9.7 for his uphill canter and submission, a 9 for the trot and a 9.8 for perspective. The total: 9.64. “For me, this was the highlight of the day. Unbelievable, it can’t get any better,” says Hess. Eva Möller: “This was his first show after our national championships in September last year. He never competed since, because he was too busy breeding. We did not want to ask too much, it is hard to combine breeding and sport. Then I saw Ermelo Young Horses put the 4-year-old class on the program and since I was here anyway, I decided to take him with me. Clearly, that was a good idea. It is a complete horse with three wonderful gaits and a good rideability. I know the walk is his strong suit and he really showed it off today. All I could hope for, since you never know with these young horses whether they can cope with the atmosphere and the tension.
His name fits him well, he is one of a kind. Hopefully we can return to the future editions of the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses. A lot of things have to come together first and the test is also more demanding then. Nothing is holding him back though, he is healthy feels like a fish in the water and has a good mind.”
The second place was obtained by Kevin Costner Texel (Negro x Jazz – KWPN) and Emmelie Scholtens. “This was a lesson how to ride a young horse,” explains Hess after the performance of Emmelie and the black stallion. “For a four-year-old, it is very exciting to be in this arena all by themselves and that makes it even more important that the horse has a positive experience. Emmelie had two small errors in the transition to the canter, just calmly tried again and hereby worked on the confidence of the horse. This horse demonstrated lots of elasticity and great use of the back, no doubt we will see him back here next year.” The small errors took the submission to a 6.8. In addition, the jury gave a 9.5 for the walk, an 8.3 for the walk, an 8.8 for the canter and a 9 for the perspective. This resulted in an average of 8.43.
Lotje Schoots led Expression-offspring Kingdance (ds. Jetset-D, bred by D. van Norel Prins) to 8.14, rank 3. The best mark was given to the trot: an 8.5. “Compliments to the rider who precisely asked the required and certainly not to much of this horse, that stands out in his elasticity,” tells Hess.