With Topas’ first international victory, the Austrian Victoria Max-Theurer has put herself in front of her trainer Isabell Werth. In the 5* Grand Prix, the Swede Therese Nilshagen left three team members from the German Olympic squad behind.
Therese Nilshagen is the name of the winner of the CDI5* Grand Prix of the Horse International in Munich. With her proven Olympic champion Dante Weltino, the Swede, who lives in Lodbergen in Oldenburg, achieved 75,261 percent. That was a rating exactly one percent higher than second place. All judges saw the couple at the head of the 15-strong field.
The best German was Benjamin Werndl in second place with Daily Mirror aka “Ken”. The man from the district of Rosenheim dropped points in the right spin. The last passage wasn’t “Ken-style” either, 74.261 percent.
With the pirouettes, the third-placed team also had an issue today. Dorothee Schneider and Faustus clearly lost momentum after the first third of the left spin. In the end, the Falsterbo son jumped, more than fours were no longer possible. At X, the European team champion decided to stop first instead of piaffeing. In the second approach, the piaffe succeeded with a nicely reduced croup, but the grade for the transition between passages and piaffe could no longer be saved. It was 73.326 percent for the couple from Framersheim in Munich today.
Very close behind and seen by two judges in second place, Hubertus Schmidt was able to place the Destano son Denoix with 73.261 percent. The chestnut gelding could have been even higher. But the Oldenburger also had a mistake – where? Exactly, in the left spin.
Fifth was Annabelle with Helen Langehanenberg, 72.652 percent, with a failed zigzag half pass.
Two cases of young horses
Matthias Rath started with Thiago with a trot tour, in which he repeatedly praised the horse and tried to keep the connection soft. After the strong step, Thiago piaffeed at the electronic hoofbeat instead of continuing in a collected step. Rath then started the first piaffe far too early, she succeeded. But then the dark chestnut stallion stops in the second piaffe. He turned around and Rath passed again to point I to piaffe there again.
For the remainder of the test in Munich, the following applied: a practice lap with an effort to relieve any tension that had arisen. Rath waived a rating.
For a long time in the range of up to 75 percent, Annabel Frenzen with Silberstern could not show the last of the three required piaffes at X in three attempts. The Hanoverian blocked and ran backwards. Frenzen was then excluded.
You can find the results of the CDI5* Grand Prix Special in Munich here.
The Austrian Victoria Max-Theurer won her first international Grand Prix Special with the Totilas son less than a year after acquiring the Württemberg stallion Topas. With highlights in the passages for which there was even a nine and a good final piaffe, the pair took the lead in the CDI3* Grand Prix Special in Munich. 74.213 percent went to the combination, which was seen by two judges in first place. “Vici” put Emilio in front of her trainer Isabell Werth. The gelding returned yesterday after a long tournament break with a victory in the Grand Prix.
Yesterday, like today, the flying changes to two jumps failed, Emilio jumped after the fifth change. In a strong trot across the diagonal at the start of the test, the Westphalian stumbled a few meters in front of X and completely lost his rhythm. Arrived in the corner on the left hand, the 52-year-old looked at the front leg. Then he showed smooth transitions between passages and piaffes. The result was 74.0 percent.
Third was Hubertus Schmidt, who came up with 72.383 percent with beryl. Today the couple managed the put together step better than yesterday.
You can find the results of the CDI3* Grand Prix Special from Munich here.
Stars of Tomorrow at Lordswood Dancing Diamond
The eleven-year-old Hanoverian Dancier son, Lordswood Dancing Diamond, was already a “star of tomorrow” when he was five and six years old when he became Bundeschampion and finally World Champion of young dressage horses. For a long time it was still about the gelding with the outstanding movement potential, until he reappeared in 2020 under Dorothee Schneider, who promptly qualified him for the final in the Nuremberg Burg Pokal. However, the two do not take part there. Instead, Schneider took his time to further promote the black horse in the direction of the Grand Prix. In Zeutern they had their first S*** appearance – and won. Munich was the second tournament with piaffes and passages, and after they won the Intermediaire II of the “Stars of Tomorrow” series yesterday, they went one better today. They clearly won the S9 with 75,842 percent.
The trot tour still seems cautious and restrained. Lordswood could use Dancing Diamond even more vigorously. Also, constellations of greetings are apparently not his favorite lesson. But the approaches are there for everything, including the piaffe. And passages are easy for him with his powerful hind leg. Today’s highlight: the gallop tour, especially the well-developed and balanced right-hand spin and the flying changes to two jumps.
Another horse with all the possibilities that still needs time to mature is Fabienne Müller-Lütkemeier’s De Lavega. He finished second with 71.605 percent. The De Niro son is the result of a free jump that De Niros owner Burkhard Wahler gave to “Fabi” when she rode D’Agostino, also by the great Derby winner De Niro, to triple gold at the 2010 U21 European Championships. Now that D’Agostino has retired, De Lavega is preparing to follow in his half-brother’s footsteps. His movements are full of energy and dynamics, but the piaffes need to be more relaxed and even. In addition, the two had an expensive mistake in the two-man changes today.
The Bavarian local hero Franz Trischberger finished third with the nine-year-old Hanoverian Ampère son Apanage with 69.947 percent, closely followed by Victoria Nielsen (nee Michalke) in the saddle of the chic gray Dallas (69.552).
You can find the results of Tomorrow’s Derby Stars in Munich here here.