Oldenbergers dominate world breeding

  • Emile Faurie leads the British contingent at the World Breeding Championships in Verden, where The Oldenberger Stud claimed the five and six-year-olds championships

    Emile Faurie wasthe highest placed British rider at the recent World Breeding championships for dressage horses held in Verden.

    Emile and Lady Bamford’s home-bred, Oldenberger registered stallion Wild At Heart finished in a final eighth place in the five-year-old championship.

    The Oldenberger Stud book claimed both the five and six-year-old championships.

    German rider Dr Ulf Moller, a previous winner at these championships, lead from start to finish in the five-year-old class with the Oldenberg stallion Don Davidoff, a son of Don Gregory out of a Rubinstein mare.

    Second placed Diamond Hit by the Donnerhall son Don Schuffro, was the only horse to score a perfect ten awarded for his canter.

    “I have never seen so many amazing young horses in one place, which makes it all the more special that Wild At Heart finished so well,” said Emile.

    “The winner was out of this world and the nicest horse I have ever seen.”

    Last year’s five-year-old champion Rubels was returned as champion six-year-old this year.

    The grey stallion, again ridden by Dutch rider Hans Peter Minderhout, is by international Danish rider Anne Van Olst’s grand prix ride, Rafurstinels who is by Rubinstein.

    Bavarian Wanesco (Weltmeyer/Werther) who was also runner up last year again finished in second place ridden for Germany by Holga Finken.

    Dream A Little Dream, an Oldenberger by Duntroon, another son of Donnerhall, out of a Pik Bube mare took third place.

    Best of the best

    FEI international judge Jennie Loriston-Clarke, officiated for the five-year-old qualifying tests and the six-year-old final with Ghislain Fouarge and Angelika Fromming.

    The top five-year-olds were two high-class horses who looked a joy to ride.

    “Don Davidoff was harmonious, beautifully presented and had three excellent gaits all scoring in the nines.

    “The six-year-old winner, Rubels, was so good in collected and lateral work and the balance was so established that you could see that passage and piaffe were all but there.”

    The highest placed mare was Poetin who finished fourth. A previous winner at the Bundeschampionat she is by former world breeding champion Sandro Hit who was ridden to World breeding victory in 1999 by Dr Ulf Moller.

    British riders Damiam Hallam and Wikefield Grange Viking and Sabrina Jones and the mareWenica finished the six-year-old section in a final 19th and 31st place respectively, while Suzanne Davies and Keystone Rubin retired from the five-year-old section.

    After the championships Jennie said: “It was a fascinating judging experience. It was interesting to see how strict the other judges were on paces and balance. Perhaps we [the British] need to place more emphasis on balance and suppleness through to the poll.”

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