Uta Gräf and Professor Hitschold's Rhinelander licensed stallion Damon Jerome H (by Damon Hill x Guy Laroche) won the opening dressage class at the 2011 Bundeschampionate, which kicked off today in Warendorf, Germany, for 5-days of top young horse competition. Graf scored 9.10 to lead a field of forty-four 6-year olds in the preliminary test.
Gräf and the World Young Horse Championship silver medal winning Damon Jerome H were extremely solid in their test in which the rideability, obedience and accuracy were the highlights. The horse as a bouncy trot, fantastic walk and a solid canter. He performed all flying changes correctly but could have shown more bending in the corners and half voltes.
Anna Sophie Fiebelkorn and Callaho's Benicio (by Belissimo M x Velten Third) deservedly finished second with 9.0. Only two horses were able to crack the magical 9.0 marker today. The chestnut Benicio with his white stockings and blaze made a smashing impression in the show ring which his cadenced and well suspended trot and fabulous canter. He is owned by the South African based Callaho stud.
The action continues tomorrow with numerous riding horse and pony classes as well as the 5-year old preliminary test which serves as qualifier for the finals
Photos © Maria Burczyk
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