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Sir Donnerhall and Damon Hill Lead The Way to the Finals

Verden, Germany – August 3, 2006 – Beautiful horses and two eye catching winners –that’s the result at the end of the first day of the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championship for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany. Paul Schockemöhle’s popular breeding stallion Sir Donnerhall, who has sired hundreds of mares the past two years, was not an unexpected winner of the five-year old class. But his victory was also subject to a lot of discussion. Damon Hill, last year’s five-year-old World Champion, looks set to prolong his title with the six year olds. Today he was a clear winner.

Dr Ulf Möller, employee of the renowned PSI-auction, rode Sandro Hit to world fame in the past, and now he has created a wonderful combination with the staggeringly handsome Sir Donnerhall, a son of Sandro Hit, bred out of a Donnerhall dam. The huge amount of public discussion was certainly not about the way Sir Donnerhall carries his beautiful front, but about the power of his hind legs. Critics felt that the number one ranked horse of this world-class field should be more engaged from behind. The judges Leif Törnblad (Denmark), Isobel Wessels (Great Britain) and Mariano Santos Redondo (Spain) awarded a 9.1 to Sir Donnerhall.

Remarkably, more than half a note separated number one from the runner up. Second place in the five-year old division went to a very nice mover: Treldegards Shantiana, a Danish warmblood mare by Hertug, ridden by Dorthe Sjöbeck Hoeck, followed by the beautiful KWPN-approved stallion Uptown (Kennedy x Ubis), ridden by Hans Peter Minderhoud. As ever, Uptown was very impressive with his elevated front (8.40 points).

Sweden came in fourth: Hermes 123 who is sired by Rambo, with Anna Svanberg receiving an average note of 8.32. Fifth was Uzzo (by British WEG contender Emma Hindle’s stallion Lancet), ridden by Patrick van der Meer, Holland.

Damon Hill lived up to all expectations, showing a lot of amplitude, power and balance. Ingrid Klimke had a wonderful ride with the impressive chestnut stallion from the Nordrhein Westphalian Stud, rewarded with a score of 9.0. The surprise of the day was Hexagon’s Truppa (by Rubiquil, out of a Rinaldo dam). Thamar Zweistra from Holland rode a very convincing test, very correct, well ridden, showing all the capabilities of this eager KWPN-bred horse.

FBW Deja Vu (by Dacaprio), reserve champion last year as a five-year-old, this time came in third, ridden by Katrin Berger. He didn’t demonstration the greatest degree of self carriage, but nevertheless gained a mark of 8.38.

One of the best 6-year olds was placed fourth. Hyperion’s Tanirma (DeNiro out of a dam by Inspekteur) has all the qualities of a future Grand Prix horse, nicely ridden by Sarah van Fessem from Holland.

Twelve horse and rider combinations today qualified for the final on Sunday. Tomorrow (Saturday) the 30 best horses that didn’t directly qualify get a second chance. The best three will be allowed to compete in the final.

This special report is a preview provided by PhelpsSports.com. Look for the debut of this new equestrian news website during the World Equestrian Games in August. Visit http://www.PhelpsSports.com for more information.

 

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