Woodlander Farouche, the highest scoring young dressage horse in Britain, continued her dominant streak taking the preliminary test at the 2011 World Championships for young dressage horses in Verden, Germany, with a commanding score of 9.28 yesterday (4 August).

Second place went to Damon’s Divene (8.76), ridden by Helen Langehanenberg, and in joint third was Bon Bravour ridden by Tom Franckx-Goen, and Swing de Hus, ridden by Jessica Michel, with 8.64.

Farouche, who is owned by the Eilberg family, breeder Lynne Crowden and Alison Walton, received 9.5 for her trot, 9.7 for her walk, 9.2 for her canter, 9.5 for her submission and 9.5 for the general impression.

The five-year-old chestnut Hanoverian mare, ridden by 24-year-old Michael Eilberg, topped the five-year-old class at Vidauban in France during March before going on to take the Shearwater Young Horse dressage championships at Hartpury in July.

Speaking after her victory at Hartpury judge Peter Holler said: “At five years old she’s astonishing, you don’t see a horse of her quality very often.”

This latest win will make Farouche, by Furst Heinrich out of Woodlander Dornroeschen, firm favourite to take the champion’s title on Saturday 6 August.