2018 Horses & Dreams meets the Royal Kingdom of Jordan was the first stop on the Louisdor Cup tour, the highly popular series for eight- to ten-year-old Developing Grand Prix dressage horses in Germany, as well as the first leg of the Nurnberger Burgpokal circuit for Developing Prix St Georges horses.
Blue Hors Veneziano Wins Louisdor Cup Leg
Danish rider Daniel Bachmann Andersen and his gorgeous chestnut stallion Blue Hors Veneziano (Vivaldi x Donnerhall) had already won the qualifier. The eight-year-old then showed further improvement for the final qualifier to secure the win in the short Grand Prix with over 74%.
For his 27-year-old rider the win was particularly special, he has the ride on Blue Hors Veneziano since the stallion was four and he has trained him to Grand Prix level himself.
“Obviously I am very proud. He is an amazing horse, with great temperament and a quick learner as well,” Bachmann said of his young talent. "The amazing red Veneziano did a super job again today 74% in the Louisdor Prize. He showed great piaffe and passage and we got lots of compliments for him. Veneziano is my first 100% home-made Grand Prix horse that I have ridden from the beginning. Three and a half years companionship with this young man."
Second place and the second ticket for the coveted final went to riding master Hubertus Schmidt and the eight-year-old Chrysler (Christ x Sandro Hit). Benjamin Werndl and the nine-year-old Famoso (Farewell III x Welt Hit II) placed in third.
Die Furstin Wins Burgpokal Qualifier
For many years Horses & Dreams has been the first opportunity of the season to qualify for the Final of the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal. Yet it was the first time that Friederike Hahn from Hamburg has competed in this series for seven- to nine-year-old horses and she promptly booked her ticket to the Final, riding her eight-year-old mare Die Fürstin.
She won the class ahead of Kira Wulferding on Bohemian Rhapsodie and Susan Pape (GBR) on Eclectisch.
“I didn’t expect this at all,” Hahn beamed after the event. “My original competition schedule is completely redundant now, I thought I needed a couple of go’s. But the mare is amazing, she has no weaknesses and a super temperament.”
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