Placido's Perfection

Sat, 09/09/2000 - 00:00
2000 Bundeschampionate

Einstein could make an easy formula out of the latest happenings at young horse competitions. It's almost the same, "simple thing as E= MC², namely: Victory = Moller + Horse.

Placido, a Hanoverian show jumping horse by Prestige Pilot x Watzmann, would never have won without the riding qualities of Dr. Ulf Möeller. A former member of the Verden Auction team for years, Möller gained valuable experience riding youngsters in the Hanoverian auctions. By moving to the stables of Ullrich Kasselmann, Möller got more time to compete and it seems to be paying off, if one looks at the achievements of his mounts Sandro Hit, Donovan Baily and Placido. With an absolutely flawless test, Placido scored 9.8 in the 5-year-old Dressage Horse class and took home the champion's laurel.

Favourite of the audience, the Oldenburg gelding Ronaldo, made three important mistakes in the final and that took away all chances for gold. Susanne Miesner rode her Rohdiamant x Westminster dark bay gelding to a 9.5. In the qualifier, Miesner collected the same score and won, but in the finals she could not uphold the lead. Her rein back was not diagonal, the walk pirouettes were not fluent enough and Ronaldo lost rhythm in the counter canter. Third place was for Contina, a Caprimond x Romadour II Rhinelander bred mare owned by Eva Nolden/Möller and ridden by her husband, Dr. Ulf Möller. Fourth place went Brigitte Wittig on her own bred Balailaika W, an Oldenburg mare by Breitling x Cardinal xx.

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Images copyrighted: Dirk Caremans - archive photos of the 2000 WCYH