Spanish Severo Jurado Lopez proved to have the Hanovarian stallion d’Avie (by Don Juan de Hus x Londonderry, bred by Dorothee Heitmuller) on form by winning the 7-year old preliminary test at the 2019 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Ermelo, the Netherlands, on Thursday afternoon 2 August 2019.
In the 7-year-old class, three judges give marks for quality – comparable to the five- and six-year-old classes, while a technical score is awarded by two other judges separately.
Last year’s world champions outclassed the competition. The chestnut gelding owned by Helgstrand Dressage soared to 85.046%. The uphill canter burst with expression and received a 10 from the jury, who also gave 9.8 for trot and 8.5 for the walk. A 9 for the submission and 9.8 for perspective pushed the score to 94.200%. The technical mark of 75.893% brought the average to a winning 85.046%.
Hesselhoej Donkey Boy (DWB – Era Dancing Hit x Milan, breeder Dorthe & Hans Jørgen Hoeck) and Jan Møller Christensen placed 5th last year. This edition, he scored two perfect 10s: for walk and perspective. In addition, the scoreboard showed three 9.5s. Together with his technical score those marks led to 84.884 percent and the second place.
The third place was claimed by Total Hope (by Totilas out of Weihegold, bred by Christine Arns-Krogmann) under Isabel Freese. Last year, the stallion reached the final with the Swedish Pernilla André Hokfelt. Earlier this year, Freese took over the reins of this exquisitely well-bred Total Hope, who is owned by Paul Schockemohle and Lone Boegh Henriksen. The stallion received three 9.5s from the jury: for trot, canter and perspective. A generous 8 for the walk, and 9.3 for submission together with the technical score averaged 82.184%.
Six horses scored over 80%, the other six that placed directly for the finals, scored 75+.
President of the jury Andrew Gardner was enthusiastic: “It was a superb class, the top end was really high quality. It’s a privilege if you are able to give the high marks. We have load up in the nines, we even gave 10’s. It is great when you can do that. There are challenges in the test, because you have to put all the lateral work together and the changes and the start of the pirouette.”
Gardner continued: “Some horses were clearly more confirmed than others in their ability to cope and there were also some horses who got some tension and so they lost some marks when the horse was naughty. Sometimes you see horses of tremendous quality, yet they have some expensive mistakes that knock the scores down. There is a good chance that these horses have a better day in the small final and join the final on Sunday.”
Text by Ermeloyh.com