For Gunther Seidel Rome was the last international competition with his mount Graf George. The sixteen year old Hanoverian gelding (by Graphit x More Magic xx) ran its first Olympic Games in 1992 under Michael Poulin.
The notorious dressage trainer and rider Klaus Balkenhol turned 60 on 6th December 1999. Pillar of the German Dressage Team from 1991 to 1996, Klaus Balkenhol was a key stone in the German team with his Westphalian gelding Goldstern.
The soon to be 80 year old foundation dressage trainer, George Wahl, will be in Belgium from 29th November to 1st December 1999. Wahl will be the clinician of seven Prix St Georges riders and one Grand Prix rider at Dressage stable De Steppe in Mol, Belgium.
Isabell Werth's second Grand Prix horse Nobilis Amaretto died after a long struggle with a serious colic attack. Although the gorgeous bay gelding fought hard against mother nature he nor a team of qualified vets were able to secure salvation.
The news came very exclusively to junior-riders.com: Germany's best young dressage horse, Wahajama, has been sold to Ann Kathrin Kroth. The former German Dressage Team Rider at the 1988 Olympic Games of Seoul payed the claimed price of 5,000,000 Deutsch marks for the black Hanoverian mare.
International judge Jan Meersmans retired from his position as chef d'equipe of the Belgian Pony Team. With several of his best pony riders moving to the junior riders class, Meersmans feels that it is time for him to move on as well.