The first combinations for the Louisdor-Prize Final
Horses & Dreams meets France was the first leg for the Louisdor-Prize Final for eight- to ten-year-old dressage horses. The first combinations to progress to the final round in the Frankfurter Festhalle are Senta Kirchhoff (Menden) and l’Arbuste, a nine-year-old Oldenburger gelding with Danish breeding (Skovens Rafael x Zardin Firfod), and riding master Hubertus Schmidt (Borchen) with the nine-year-old Westphalian stallion Bonamour by Bonifatius out of a mare by Rousseau.
Kirchhoff received nearly 77 per cent for her test in the short Grand Prix at Almased Dressage Stadium and was visibly moved by her horse’s performance, “I know what a fantastic horse he is, but I am so proud of how he presented himself here.” The gelding was placed as a seven-year-old at the 2017 World Breeding Championships for Young Dressage Horses. In 2018 Kirchhoff had a baby-break, but now they are back with a bang. Hubertus Schmidt was very happy with his up and coming horse, “He is super reliable and has a fantastic character, he’s my favourite horse because of that. Today he showed what he can do and I am glad it payed off.“ Third place went to Ingrid Klimke and Bluetooth OLD, a nine-year-old son of Bordeaux and former P.S.I.-Auction horse that has found its international breakthrough.
The 2020 partner country will be Japan and the next Horses & Dreams equestrian festival will take place from 22-26 April at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen a.T.W.
Text: Sylvia Sanchez, EquiWords
Photos: Foto Rüchel