22 Apr Horses & Dreams meets Japan – Sports Edition kicks off with young jumpers and the CDI1*
Hagen a.T.W. –
From 21 to 25 of April Hof Kasselmann is opening its doors to some of the best riders in the world to compete under strict, Corona-safe conditions. The schedule offers international CDI4* and 1* tours, CSI2* and CSIYH classes as well as a range of important national competitions and qualifiers.
Only riders, who are deemed professional athletes are eligible to start and stars such as Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester, Cathrine Dufour, Victoria Max-Theurer, Patrik Kittel, Juan Matute Guimon, Anna Kellnerova, Christina Liebherr, Athina Onassis and Gerco Schröder to name a few have made the trip to Germany.
The German representation also stands out for its high level: Isabell Werth, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Benjamin Werndl, Frederic Wandres, Helen Langehanenberg, Hubertus Schmidt and Sönke Rothenberger are on the dressage acceptance list, while Ludger Beerbaum, Felix and Toni Hassmann, Laura Klaphake, Marco Kutscher and Janne Friederike Meyer Zimmermann among others will contest the jumping events.
“I can honestly say that this year we are welcoming a world-class starter field, the best we ever had,” reports show organiser Ullrich Kasselmann. “Riders use Hagen as an important test in this Olympic and European Championship year. We have approximately 650 horses here, spread over 2o hectares and stabled in smaller stable blocks to minimise any risk of infection.”
Young horses from 5 to 7 years old kicked off the competition this Wednesday. The first event of the day was the CSIYH1* Jumping Competition (1.15 m) for 5-year-old horses, presented by Albert Kerbl GmbH. The class saw plenty of clear rounds with German Matthias Mock (Egenhofen) and Cool Connery D (Cool Man K x Alcatraz) posting the fastest time, ahead of Ann-Kathrin Brune riding the Lewitz Stud-owned Conradino (Congress x Corradino).
Benjamin Wulschner (Dahlen) and Con Corde 4 (Concorde x Chacco-Blue) top the leaderboard in the CSIYH1* for 6-year-old horses (1.25 m), followed by Nina Piasecki and Kimberley (Eldorado van de Zeshoek x Lord Z).
The first qualification for 7-year-old horses, Prize by Theurer Trucks GmbH, was won by Tobias Meyer (Falkenberg) and KWPN mare Blind Date H by Elvaro x Concorde. In second and third place, only separated by a mere fraction of a second, Danish rider Soren Pedersen with Paul Schockemöhle’s Tailormade Carem Sandy (London x Sandro Boy) and South African Alexa Stais on Everton Pj (Embassy x Light On).
In the last event of the day, the CSI2* warm-up competition presented by Hof Kasselmann, Felix Haßmann (GER) with SL Brazonado and Tobias Meyer (GER) Hero of no Man’s Land – H shared the victory. Both pairs completed the course clear with a time of 63.24 seconds. Clarissa Crotta (CHE) was only just behind in third place with Vincent and a time of 63.63 seconds.
International riders dominate in the first leg of the CDI1* Tour
International riders took the reins in the CDI1* – FEI Prix St.Georges, Prize of Performance Sales International GmbH. The class was won by Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN) and the Fürstenball stallion Blue Hors Farrell on 74.441%. In second place and 73.500% a regular guest at Hagen, Swedish Grand Prix rider Patrik Kittel with Bergsjoholms Valbonne (Blue Hors Zack x Epson). Third place went to the Beatriz Ferrer-Salat (ESP) riding Dark Rose De Fangar ahead of young Australian rider Tayla Desmet and former P.S.I. Auction horse Zaubermaus (Zonik x Breitling).
The entire competition can be followed live through the official media partner ClipMyHorse.TV. This edition of Horses & Dreams will take place under strict hygiene protocols and is held behind closed doors.
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