Sönke Rothenberger wins with personal best
(Hagen a.T.W.) At Horses & Dreams meets Austria the team gold medal winner from Rio de Janeiro Sönke Rothenberger (Bad Homburg) took first place in the Grand Prix Special Prize of an Austrian dressage patron with his 10 year old top horse Cosmo.
With that the 22 year old scored 81.69 percent, his personal best in an international Grand Prix Special: “I am more than satisfied! Cosmo is one of the youngest horses in this class, and I am incredibly proud of how he has developed over the winter and how he performed here”, gushed Rothenberger following the competition. The viewing events for the European Championships are the most important thing on the competition schedule for the year, though he doesn’t yet know which, that still needs to be discussed with the national trainer Monica Theodorescu. “But we definitely wanted to be there for the first viewing in Hagen, because there are so many top riders here from many nations on the start, and then you know exactly where you are in comparison to the international field”, said Rothenberger. Second place in the Grand Prix Special went to Isabell Werth (Rheinberg) with Emilio (80.63). The third place title went to Emile Faurie with Weekend Fun and Fabienne Lütkemeier (Paderborn) with Fabregaz (74.14).
Young Equestrian Talent in the Grand Prix
The Louisdor-Preis at Horses & Dreams meets Austria was the first station of this international dressage series for horses between eight and ten years old this season. The best two riders are invited to start at the final in the Frankfurter Festhallenturnier, and that is the winner of the class Frederic Wandres (Hagen a.T.W.), rider at Hof Kasselmann, in the saddle of the ten year old Dimaggio sohn Duke of Britain (74,37). ). Dr. Dietrich Plewa, Grand Prix Judge, and commentator of the class attested to Wandre’s clever presentation of the chestnut gelding, the rider himself was more than pleased: “I am totally satisfied and happy that I am even allowed to ride such a horse,” gushed the 30 year old following his win. “ It´s just fun, lots of colleagues know that: I get up in the morning, and think about how I can structure my training. And when it works like today it´s perfect!” Riding master Ingrid Klimke (Münster) secured second place with the nine year old Fürst Grandios daughter Geraldine (73,00), third place was taken by the nine year old stallion Franziskus by Fidertanz (72,12).
„Riding Against Hunger“
The dressage riders at Horses & Dreams meets Austria were not only challenged in the Almased Dressage Stadium. The German A and B dressage teams attended many actions hosted by the charity "Riding Agaist Hunger". Active riders such as Isabell Werth, Sönke Rothenberger, Kristina Bröring-Sprehe, Fabienne Lütkemeier, Anabel Balkenhol and Charlott-Maria Schürmann collected funds for the benefit of the "World Hunger Aid", with which they finance projects in the poorest countries in the world. A total of 20.000 Euros was raised over the course of the week – a single riding lesson with the current highest ranking dressage rider in the world, Isabell Werth brought 5.000 Euros on its own.
Horses & Dreams meets Austria saw around 68,000 visitors over 5 competition days. On Friday night the guest performance from Andreas Gabalier drew 4,000 fans. And the guest country for 2018 has been announced. The competition will probably take place from April 25th to 29th 2018, and Horses & Dreams will thrill its visitors with the world of 1001 Arabian Nights - the United Arab Emirates - and bring Middle Eastern flair to the Borgberg.
Overview of Results:
6 CDI4* Grand Prix Special, Prize of an Austrian Dressage Patron: 1. Sönke Rothenberger (Bad Homburg), Cosmo 59, 81.686%; 2. Isabell Werth (Rheinberg), Emilio 107, 80.627%; 3. Emile Faurie (Great Britain), Weekend Fun, 74.137%; 3. Fabienne Lütkemeier (Paderborn), Fabregaz, 74.137%; 5. Anabel Balkenhol (Rosendahl), Dablino FRH, 73.882%; 6. Daniel Bachmann Andersen (Denmark), Blue Hors Don Olymbrio, 73.569%;
34 Louisdor-Preis – Young Horse Grand Prix (FN) Kurz-Grand Prix, Qualification to the final of the Louisdor-Preis 2017: 1. Frederic Wandres (Hagen a.T.W.), Duke of Britain, 74.372%; 2. Ingrid Klimke (Münster), Geraldine 189, 73.000%; 3. Ingrid Klimke (Münster), Franziskus 15, 72.116%; 4. Carola Koppelmann (Warendorf), Sandiego 10, 72.023%; 5. Marcus Hermes (Nottuln), Rovereto 4, 71.302%; 6. Ann-Christin Wienkamp (Ladbergen), Frizzantino 19, 69.884%;
7 CDI4* Grand Prix de Dressage – Conselation Competition, Prize of the Hof Kasselmann GmbH & Co. KG: 1. Kristina Böckmann (Finn Land), Der Kleine Lord 16, 68.860%; 2. Victoria Michalke (Isen), Novia 6, 68.460%; 3. Evelyn Haim-Swarovski (Austria), Dorina, 68.360%; 4. Marcela Krinke Susmelj (Switzerland), Smeyers Sonny Star, 68.120%; 5. Wendi Williamson (Newzeland), Dejavu MH, 68.020%; 6. Pauline Vanlandeghem (France), Liaison Ene*Hn, 67.380%;
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Photo 1: Sönke Rothenberger (GER) & Cosmo. © Stefan Lafrentz
Photo 2: Frederic Wandres (GER) & Duke of Britain. © Stefan Lafrentz