MEGGLE-Prize goes to Isabell Werth, Germany wins Lambertz Nations Cup

In addition to their victory in the Grand…

In addition to their victory in the Grand Prix, Isabell Werth and Bella Rose also won the Grand Prix Spécial, the MEGGLE-Prize, which was also part two of the Lambertz Nations Cup, which proved to be easy prey for the German team – for the 38th time. Not exclusively due to Isabell Werth’s top performance.


Isabell Werth and Bella Rose were faced with strong competition from their own ranks in the form of the German Champions, Dorothee Schneider and Showtime, in the MEGGLE-Prize. Two of the judges even placed Schneider and “Showi” in front of the World Champions. However, in the end, Isabell Werth asserted herself with 84.447 percent. Dorothee Schneider finished second (83.617), and third place went to Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) with Erlentanz (80.277), just like in the Grand Prix.


Germany has been undefeated in the Lambertz Nations Cup since 2011. The German national coach Monica Theodorescu’s team notched up an overall score of 489.477 points, ahead of Denmark (457.515) and the USA (450.775). It was the 38th victory of the German dressage team in Aachen. In the years 2005, 2009 and 2010, the Dutch national anthem was played instead.


Isabell Werth and her 15-year-old Belissimo M daughter, Bella Rose, excelled once again in the piaffe and passage. She was showered with 10s – except for in the second piaffe. Werth explained that she had noticed Bella was pretty temperamental this morning, so she didn’t risk all. “I was absolutely satisfied, but it wasn’t the bees’ knees.” Tomorrow is another day – and incidentally Werth’s 50th birthday. Winning the Deutsche Bank Prize for the 13th time would be a nice birthday present, for sure!


The performance of the pair that finished second, Dorothee Schneider and Showtime, was indeed the crème de la crème. Their score – 83.617 percent – is a personal record, even though the 13-year-old Hanoverian-bred Sandro Hit son made two expensive mistakes: one in the transition from the passage into the extended trot and the other in the transition from the passage to canter. Dorothee Schneider was nevertheless overjoyed: “It is very emotional for me to be back with this horse. Today’s last line was like flying.” Showtime had been out of action after a paddock injury in 2017 for a long time. Dorothee Schneider, who has been riding the gelding since he was three and a half, said: “I am proud of this horse and at the moment also of myself because we have grown together so well over the years and performing so superbly meanwhile.”


Charlotte Dujardin, who came third with the Trakehner Erlentanz, whom she is currently riding for her pupil Sonnar Murray Brown, was as in the Grand Prix followed by Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with Dalera BB, who is also a Trakehner. The judges awarded the pair 79.021 percent. Unfortunately, their piaffes, which were one of the highlights in the Grand Prix, weren’t as good today. Jessica von Bredow-Werndl was nevertheless happy with her overall performance: “Apart from the two piaffes it was the best ride of my life!”


The fourth member of the team, Helen Langehanenberg with Damsey admitted herself: “We are definitely not presenting ourselves from our best side here.” In the Grand Prix, the 17-year-old stallion had striked before the piaffes. Today was much better, but they didn’t take any risks. The result was eleventh place on a score of 75.043 percent. “It was a consoling conclusion,” noted Langehanenberg.


Asked as to whether the team didn’t get bored of winning, the Chef d’Equipe, Klaus Röser, replied. “No, we love winning”.



Vogel (the bird) flew to victory in the German U25 Trophy

Richard Vogel wins the German U25 Trophy of…

Richard Vogel wins the German U25 Trophy of the Stiftung Deutscher Spitzenpferdesport, Prize of Family Müter, for the second time in succession. A particularly valuable victory for him.


Riding the 13-year-old Holstein-bred Lesson Peak, the 22-year-old Richard Vogel crossed the finish line in the fastest time of the four riders, who jumped clear in the jump-off of the German U25 Trophy of the der Stiftung Deutscher Spitzenpferdesport, Prize of Family Müter: 41.42 seconds. Enno Klaphake with Urus (42.42) finished second. Finja Bormann was overjoyed at coming third with A Crazy Son Of Lavina (42.42). The fourth rider to jump clear was Maximilian Lill with Capitale (45.08).


Up until the beginning of the year, Richard Vogel rode for Ludger Beerbaum. He left Riesenbeck in January to move back to Baden-Württemberg, where he has turned self-employed with a training and competition yard in Viernheim, near Mannheim. He took the horse he won with today with him, Lesson Peak. The horse previously celebrated several victories with Philipp Weishaupt and Vogel is very grateful that his former employer has entrusted him with the Lord Z son. Otherwise, he only has young horses to ride at the moment, which have, nevertheless, also been keeping him very busy – he has namely succeeded in qualifying nine five and six-year-old aspiring jumping horses for the National Championships in September, one with the record score of 9.8: Carlchen S by Comme il faut. The S stands for no less than his breeder and owner, Hugo Simon.


Enno Klaphake, 19 years old, the brother of the Nations Cup winner of the CHIO Aachen 2018, Laura Klaphake, has just taken his GCE A-levels and is in the lucky position to be able to concentrate on riding at present before he starts his apprentice like his elder sister. As is true of all his horses, Urus, his U25 horse belongs to Paul Schockemöhle.


Finja Bormann works as a professional rider at the Drei Eichen Stud in Niedersachsen, which belongs to the Müter family, who sponsor the U25 Trophy. Finja replaced Leonie Krieg, who had actually qualified for Aachen. It was her fourth appearance in the German U25 Trophy and she was delighted: “Clear at last!” Although it is not her only achievement this year. She also won the Grand Prix of Nörten-Hardenberg, represented Germany in the Nations Cup for the first time in Aalborg and jumped clear in five classes of the Big Tour at Arnheim. Her reward: She has qualified for her first CSI5* next week, which is why she didn’t risk too much in the jump-off today. But who knows perhaps she will be competing in the Big Tour of the CHIO Aachen soon…

Ingrid Klimke’s third win and the German team victory in the SAP-Cup

With precision work, the master rider, Ingrid Klimke,…

With precision work, the master rider, Ingrid Klimke, pulled off the feat that so many other pairs in the SAP-Cup had endeavoured to do, to no avail: Ride clear in the cross and stay within time. Achieving this aim meant she secured gold in both the individual and team classifications.


Ingrid Klimke and Hale Bob were lying in the third place in the individual rankings after the dressage and jumping. They were one of just three pairs to finish the course clear in the allowed time. The pair raced over the finish line accompanied by the thunderous applause of the crowd. Hale Bob or “Bobby” with his ears still pricked forwards still looked like he was ready to attack the course again. An overall score of 24.7 minus point meant the victory for Ingrid Klimke. It is already her third triumph at the Soers after winning in 2015 (Escada) and 2017 (Hale Bob). Second and third place went to the two other horse and rider combinations that were in the time: Michael Jung with Chipmunk (25.5 minus points), followed by Australia’s Christopher Burton with Quality Purdey (27.0).


The German team were already heading the leaderboard before the cross and were able to hold on to this lead with ease. On a total score of 94.5 minus points, the team comprising of Ingrid Klimke/Hale Bob, Michael Jung/Star Connection, Andreas Dibowski/Corrida and Josefa Sommer/Hamilton asserted itself against the teams from New Zealand (102.7) and Australia (112.4). Whereby Josefa Sommer Pech was rather unlucky because her horse, Hamilton, lost a horseshoe after the fourth obstacle already and she had to retire. However, fortunately all of her team colleagues jumped clear and Klimke was even in the time, so it didn’t affect the team result.


Difficult tasks


Rüdiger Schwarz has been building the cross-country course for the eventing in Aachen for 15 years. Everyone was in agreement that the tasks Schwarz had set the riders and horses in this year’s SAP-Cup were more difficult than ever before. “Yesterday evening, we knew that we had got a difficult course ahead of us,” was how Ingrid Klimke described the mood of the eventers on the eve of the cross. Rüdiger Schwarz was completely convinced with his design: “We know that good pairs compete here in Aachen. On arriving at the Soers one is already aware that the Grand Prix on Sunday is going to be more difficult than the Grand Prix in Münster – and that the four-star competition is going to be more difficult than anywhere else.”


On the whole, it was the three obstacle complexes that faced the riders with problems. On the one hand, the Rolex Complex (7 a-d), where after entering the water and riding under a bridge one had to take a narrow obstacle directly after a 90-degree turn. A fence that the horses didn’t see until very late. Peter Thomsen took a fall here with Casino, because the grey horse tried to jump over the corner at the widest point. “A mistake of the rider” according to the German national coach, Hans Melzer’s analysis. Thomsen steered the horse in the direction of the obstacle too late. The Turkish Airlines Complex (15 a, b and c) was the next big challenge. Here narrow elements had been built in the middle of a driving obstacle, which confused the horses for instance if the riders headed towards the obstacle too fast. Finally, the STAWAG Complex just before entering the stadium, a corner followed by two hedges at an angle demanded the full concentration of both the horses and riders.


The riders had to make sure they reduced their speed before taking these obstacles. Then, they had to make up for the time they lost on the long stretches in between the fences. This demands condition and very well-ridden horses. It wasn’t impossible to make the time, because the ground was perfect, as Michael Jung praised. In the end, Rüdiger Schwarz‘s strategy paid off – even if he did admit that he had been a “bit sad” in the middle after the many run-outs, especially in the water complex. But particularly the last ten pairs impressively demonstrated that the tasks set were indeed manageable. And the three that ultimately stood on the winner’s podium, are actually three of the best eventers in the world: Ingrid Klimke, Michael Jung and Chris Burton.


The performance of Michael Jung’s Chipmunk, who won here in Aachen last year under Julia Krajewski and who now came second with his new rider is worth a special mention. The three-time Olympic gold medallist, Michael Jung is of course delighted that they are harmonising together so quickly: “It is fun to see how quickly we have grown together. One notices the difference from competition to competition and at home.”


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Lameness in horses is wide-spread and impairs both…

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Mettmann’s Moulin Rouge triumphs in the Prize of Handwerk again

The Quadrille Championship at the CHIO Aachen, the…

The Quadrille Championship at the CHIO Aachen, the Prize of Handwerk is a very special class! The sophisticated choreographies and elaborate costumes would even cut a clean figure in the big CHIO Opening Ceremony. The team from the District Association of Mettmann were especially convincing again today.


The team leader, Marco Schmid and his quadrille members had actually stated that they intended to quit after their victory in 2018, instead they increased the degree of difficulty of their freestyle routine, came up with a motto related to the partner country France, all of which ultimately contributed towards Mettmann claiming the victory again. The winning quartet was made up of Iris Charles with La Lutzi, Jule-Marie Ditthardt with Passion of Night, Chantal van de Griend with Lord Niro and Sarina Bamme with Egon Hurry Up. The judges awarded the group a total score of 18.5 points.

Since Sarina Bamme only filled in for someone else at the last moment, it was not at all sure whether things would go as smoothly as last year. Nevertheless, the team from Mettmann were awarded 9.0 for their technical riding skills and 9.5 for their artistic impression.


“The Oscar goes to Krefeld” was the motto that the District Association of Krefeld brought to Aachen with them. Admittedly, they didn’t quite pick up the Oscar, but second place at least with an overall score of 18 points. The team led by Tanja Liepack, comprised of Lena Backes with Fioretto Festival, Christina Dahl with Las Vegas, Nicole Louven with Laurino and Iris Rommerskirchen with Danoni.


Third place went to the District Association of Düren who finished on a score of 17.7 points. The team leader was Michelle Heuel and the riders were Anne Schagen with Sommermärchen, Rebecca Ida Winkler with Rockadinho, Svenja Wolf with Flores and Deborah Zester with Remington D.

Germany in the lead in the Nations Cup classification of the SAP-Cup, Laura Collett heads the field in the individual classification

After the dressage, two German riders were in…

After the dressage, two German riders were in the lead on the first day of the SAP-Cup 2019, however after both picked up four faults in the jumping, they slipped back into third and fourth place. Nevertheless, the German team is still heading the ranking after the dressage and jumping results. The British rider, Laura Collett, is currently lying in first place after recording her personal best result.


The results of the riders were very close after the dressage. The European Champions and World Championship bronze medallists, Ingrid Klimke and Hale Bob put in a fantastic performance in the dressage arena. Their score: 79.31 percent or 20.7 minus points. That put the pair in first place ahead of the multi-champion, Michael Jung, with his new aspiring Championship horse, Chipmunk, who left the arena with a score of 21.5 minus points. Chipmunk is already familiar with heading the lap of honour at the Soers, because he won the individual classification of the CCIO4*-S last year with his former trainer, Julia Krajewski.


Both pairs subsequently collected four penalty points in the jumping ring and thus fell back in the ranking behind the British eventer, Laura Collett with the Holstein-bred Landos son, London, and the number one in the world ranking list, New Zealand’s Tim Price with Wesko. Both Collett and Price jumped clear, adding no points to their respective dressage scores of 22.90 and 23.80 minus points. Ingrid Klimke and “Bobby” are now lying in third place, Michel Jung in fourth place prior to the final cross-country competition tomorrow.


Three further German riders follow in fifth to seventh place respectively. Kai Rüder and Colani Sunrise (26.10 minus points), followed by Dirk Schrade with Unteam de la Cense (26.70) and Michael Jung with his second horse, Star Connection (26.90).


Nations Cup Classification


After the dressage and jumping, the German team is in the lead on a total score of 80.5 minus points. In addition to Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung with Star Connection (currently seventh place) the German squad is completed by Andreas Dibowski with Corrida (12th place, 28.90 minus points) and Josefa Sommer with Hamilton (19th/32.10).


The titleholders New Zealand are lying in second place with 83.10 minus points. The team comprises of Tim Price with Wesko, his wife Jonelle with Fairie Dianimo (8th /26.90), Jesse Campbell with Cleveland (20th/32.40) and Daniel Jocelyn with Blackthorn Cruise (36th/44.60).


Third place in the team classification is currently occupied by the British quartet, comprising of the current leader Laura Collett, Piggy French with Quarrycrest Echo (11th/28.70), Gemma Tattersall with Jalapeno (25th/35.60) and Imogen Murray with Ivar Gooden (33th/40.20).


Tomorrow the concluding competition of the eventers, the cross-country course, is on the agenda. Laura Collets comment after walking the course: “Serious cross-country track tomorrow.”


Cian O’Connor’s third victory in the Yageo-Prize

The Irish riders and the Yageo-Prize, the speed…

The Irish riders and the Yageo-Prize, the speed and handiness competition over ditches and banks, go together like a horse and carriage! It is the fourth time in succession that a rider from the green island triumphed in this jumping competition over natural obstacles. And his name is Cian O’Connor for the third time.


“Well, us Irish do love riding fast!”, was how Cian O’Connor summed his recipe for success up in a nutshell. And solid fences? “They are familiar territory!” After all, as a fully-bred Irish citizen, he already flew over hedges and ditches as a child on the hunting field. He won the class in 2016 and 2017 as well as this year. In 2018, he had to bow down to his fellow Irishman, Shane Sweetnam.


The tasks that the riders are faced with in the Yageo-Prize are very similar to those on the hunting field: Walls, bushes and of course the big, open water ditch in the Main Stadium of the Soers. These put the courage of several horses to the test. This wasn’t the case for Cian O’Connor’s KWPN gelding Diego by Colman. O’Connor borrowed the grey horse from his pupil Nicola Pohl especially for this class. A decision that evidently paid off. Even the “Master of Faster” Felix Haßmann and his speedy SL Brazonado didn’t have a chance against O’Conner and Diego, who galloped over the finish line in a time of 57.62. The last to go, Felix Haßmann and SL Brazonado, gave it their best shot, stayed clear but couldn’t match O’Connor’s time: The clock stopped at 60.25 seconds, second place. Jörne Sprehe came third with her Stakkato Gold son, Solero on a time of 60.49 seconds.


There was one rider, who is even more familiar with solid fences than Cian O’Conner, who actually also beat his time: The eventing Olympic gold medallist Sandra Auffarth. The double World Champion of 2014 had saddled her Derby specialist, La Vista, and really did manage to slice two hundredths of a second off Cian O’Connor time. Unfortunately, she took one of the rails with her. Since knocking an obstacle in this competition is penalised with four extra seconds on the clock, Auffarth “only” landed in fourth place with La Vista, who has come second in the Derby twice.