Pony rider Julia Barbian, junior rider Linda Erbe, and young rider Semmieke Rothenberger became the grand winners of the 2018 Preis der Besten Qualifier held at Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff's Schafhof in Kronberg, Germany on 21 - 22 April 2018.
The Kronberg qualifier is hosted for the central and southern based German youth rider, while the northern based riders already had their qualification event at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen a weekend ago.
In the pony division Julia Barbian had her 10-year old gelding Der Kleine König on the aids and with her, which resulted in a significant victory in the Sunday class. The temperamental gelding is not always consistent at shows. At the 2017 CDI Aachen Indoor the pony was more interested in the Christmas decorations around the arena, but at the 2018 CDI Joosland he achieved outstanding results. Also in Kronberg Barbian had all things sorted and the gelding was able to shine. In a highly competitive field, the pair finished third with 73.932% in the first round and a winning 74.106% in the second round. Jana Lang and her 12-year old routinier Cyrill (by Champion de Luxe x Power Man) won round one with a whopping 75.257% and was second in round two with 73.577%. Moritz Treffinger and his impressive 10-year old mare Top Queen H (by Top Anthony II x Dark Rubin) were second in round one with 74.316% and third on Sunday with 73.537%.
At junior rider's level, team rider Linda Erbe and her 8-year old German Sport Horse Fierro (by Furst Wetting x Eskadron) were on form and hit a double whammy, winning round one with 74.234% and round 2 with 75.193%. She felt the biggest competition from Romy Allard and her own sister Helen Erbe. Allard and the 9-year old Oldenburg mare Summer Rose (by Sir Diamond x Rubinstein) were second on Saturday with 73.379% and third on Sunday with 71.842%. Helen Erbe and the 7-year old Hanoverian mare Dolce Vita (by Dannebrog x Hohenstein) were fourth in round 1 with 69.054% and made a climb to second place in round 2 with 72.193%.
At Young Riders level Semmieke Rothenberger wielded the axe of power on her two horses Dissertation (by Don Crusador x Gluckspilz) and Geisha (by Gribaldi x Weltmeister). She captured spot one and two on both days with Dissertation being the best scorer (75.351% - 77.193%). Geisha earned 74.868% and 75.395%. Semmieke's cousin Nadine Krause was third on Saturday aboard the 10-year old KWPN gelding Dancer (by Vivaldi x Tango). However, on Sunday Cosima von Fircks made a move for power and climbed to third place aboard her 10-year old Hanoverian gelding Diabolo (by Don Crusador x Weltmeyer) on a 69.781% score.
Photo © Mirka Nilkens