Whereas most countries have an elaborate selection process with multiple qualifiers and training sessions to elect a team for the 2010 World Young Horse Championships, Germany will host a one day all-or-nothing selection trial at the DOKR centre in Warendorf on 29 June 2010.
At this one and only qualifier, 42 five-year olds and 40 six-year olds vie for six spots in each age division. Invitations are based on previous performances at the Bundeschampionate or World Young Horse Championships.
The starters' list for Warendorf includes famous young horses such as Silvia Rizzo's 6-year old Blickpunkt (by Belissimo M x Weltmeyer) which won bronze at the 2009 World Championships under Eva Möller. Ingrid Klimke will also be saddling the British owned black stallion Dresden Mann (by Dresemann) in the 6-year old division.
In the 5-year old division a few remarkable horses are entered: Double bundeschampion Lissaro van de Helle (by Lissabon x Matcho AA) as well as Reserve Bundeschampion Sarkozy (by Sandro Hit x Weltmeyer),
The judging panel consists of Jonny Hilberath, Christoph Hess and Holger Schmezer.
Photo © Astrid Appels
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