Text Anne Boogman Pictures Marjon Hoen for dressagedirect
The final of the World Championships for the six year old dressage horses ended in an anticlimax. It looked like that Sa Coeur, ridden by Eva Möller had to be World Champion again. The judges Judet (FRA), Fransen-Iacobaeus (SWE), Christensen (DEN) and Plewa (GER) praised his rideability (8.7) but with two failed flying changes and often short in neck the final result was quite odd. The most potential horse Damon's Delorange under Helen Langehanenberg won the silver medal and Discovery OLD with Heiner Schiergen won bronze.
Double World Champion Sa Coeur and Eva Möller
Sa Coeur and Eva Möller
For the break Discovery OLD (Dimaggio x Classiker) ridden by Heiner Schiergen was the trendsetter, the pair took an early lead with a correct test without faults. The rideability was highly rewarded. 8.80 was the total score. In the end the score was good for the bronze medal. As the first starter of the group Helen Langehanenberg had a very steady ride with the Oldenburg gelding Diamigo (Dimaggio x Freudenprinz) with all marks over 8 she ended on the sixth place.
Discovery OLD (Dimaggio x Classiker) ridden by Heiner Schiergen
The best horses of the qualifier came in the second half of the class. The most striking horse was Helen Langehanenberg's Damon's Delorange. This beautiful mare had the same potential as her father Damon Hill. Willing to work and blessed with three very good basic gaits with a lot of elasticity. The 8.2 for the trot was real low as well as the mark for general impression: 8.8. Total 8.92.
The most striking horse was Helen Langehanenberg's Damon's Delorange
Helen's second horse in the final: Diamigo (Dimaggio x Freudenprinz) with all marks over 8 she ended on the sixth place
German Victoria Michalke rode British Hanoverian Duke of Britain (Dimaggio x Rubinstein I) to the fourth place (8.60). The horse is not spectacular but he was very steady in the test. Sandiego (Sancisco x Davigignon I) showed the same image, very correct but he lacked looseness. Carola Koppelmann rode the Mecklenburger gelding to the fifth place.
Victoria Michalke rode British Hanoverian Duke of Britain
Carola Koppelmann rode the Mecklenburger gelding Sandiego
The winner of the qualifier Doubleyou W wasn't that good anymore, the trot was not straight and the walk lacked regularity. Now he was placed seventh with 8.42.
The highest placed non German-bred horse was Decor Cachet L. The KWPN-stallion (Jazz x Ferro) ridden by Mirelle van Kemenade ended ninth (8.16).