Last weekend, we had the conclusion of the international dressage clash in Aachen, the Wimbledon of the equestrian world that is characterised by featuring the world’s top dressage riders. It is great to see that many of these praised riders are saddling their young talents to win a medal in the world championships for five-, six- and seven-year-old dressage horses! Dorothee Schneider came in second in the Freestyle to music with her top horse Showtime FRH, in Ermelo she will start the five-year-old Oldenburger Dante’s Hit. Previously, Dorothee took home the gold three times, riding stallion Sezuan, so she will surely be keen to get another good result with her new ace.
The British Charlotte Fry steered the KWPN-stallion Dark Legend to the 15thplace in the freestyle in Aachen. Last year, she led the KWPN-stallion Glamourdale to the world title of the seven-year-olds, next week she is back in action with the stallion Inclusive. Will she take home the gold once again?
The German Eva Möller won bronze last year with Candy Old, it was her sixth medal at the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses. Will she win her seventh in Ermelo? She will give it her all with the five-year-old Westphalian Espe and Valverde. Also representing Germany, is Helen Langehanenberg, who won four medals at the world breeding dressage championships up till now, amongst them was the gold with Damon Hill, who later lived up to the expectations proven by their success at the highest level. In the six-year-olds class she rides the Danish bred Straight Horse Ascenzione.
Another successful rider in Ermelo last year is Severo Jurado Lopez. Last edition, he won the gold with the six-year-old d’Avie (HANN), in 2017 he won two medals: gold with the ever-impressive Fiontini (DWB), after their silver medal in the year before, and bronze with Quel Filou (Oldbg). Once more, d’Avie aspires to capture the gold.
Andreas Helgstrand is one of the top scorers when it comes to the world breeding dressage championships for young horses. Several of his horses earned a medal, while he himself was on the podium seven times! Last year, he won the gold with the five-year-old Westphalian Revolution, in 2017 the silver with Ferrari IKD. Coming championship, he has three contenders: the five-year-old Queenparks Wendy, the six-year-old Zhaplin Langholt (both DWB) and the five-year-old KWPN-horse Jovian.
For years, Adelinde Cornelissen was successful at the highest level with her eye-catcher Jerich Parzival. Both in 2018 and 2017, she won a gold medal with the KWPN-stallion Governor Str. Next week, the KWPN-stallion Henkie is her partner in the hunt for a medal. Fellow countryman Hans Peter Minderhoud, won no less than five medals at the world breeding dressage championships for young horses, twice the gold with the Westphalian Florencio and twice the gold with the Oldenburger Rübels. In Ermelo, he will enter the competition with the KWPN-stallion In Style.
By far, this is not the complete list of top riders that make their appearance in the arena next week. Curious about all the talent in Ermelo? Book your tickets now and see you next week!