Poetin under Kathrin Meyer zu Strohen and Fürst Heinrich under Holga Finken are the names of the new World Champions of young dressage horses. The two final decisions of these championships were made on Sunday.
Two thrilling competitions in the Verden stadium decided on the new champions of five and six year old dressage horses. In the qualification on Friday, the five year old Westphalian stallion Fürst Heinrich achieved a third place.
On Sunday, Holga Finken from Kirchwalsede (Rotenburg administrative district) presented the stallion, owned by the Sprehe stud, in an almost perfect way: With a final score of 9,30, he was the undeniable winner of this division. The Dutch stallion Hilltop Rosseau under Nicolette van Lierop won the silver medal, the Württembergian black stallion FBW French Kiss under Katrin Burger the bronze medal.
Poetin from the Brandenburg National State Stud under Kathrin Meyer zu Strohen from Hoya already led the qualification in the division of six year old dressage horses and did not concede this position in the final. With a final score of 9,26, she was the undisputed winner of this competition. Poetin was already the 2000 Bundeschampionate Winner and 2001 Reserver Bundeschampionate Champion. The Dutch stallion Painted Black (by Gribaldi) under Anky van Grunsven won the vice-championship title, the Oldenburg mare Rose Noir under Julia-Katharina von Platen the bronze medal.
Source: Hannoveraner Press Release
Photos © Dirk Caremans
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Eurodressage Coverage of the 2003 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses