The brand new show circuit Almased Dressage Amateurs has successfully kicked off in Hamburg, Germany, on 11 - 13 May 2018 and is now headed to the CDI Wiesbaden (19 - 21 May) for its second leg before moving North to the 2018 Equitour Aalborg in Uggerhalne, Denmark, where the third qualifier will take place on 25 - 27 May 2018.
The Almased Dressage Amateurs is a brand new, international show circuit with five events across Europe, starting in Hamburg and followed by Wiesbaden, Aalborg, Luxembourg and Herning.
Amateurs are allowed to participate in the tournament, if they are 26 or older and not listed on FEI’s World Ranking List. A maximum of 24 equestrians are allowed to compete at every show and each rider is allowed to bring a maximum of three horses (max. 2 in each category).
The 2018 Almased Dresage Amateurs are held in three categories: the bronze tour for Prix St Georges-Inter I riders, the silver tour for medium tour riders, and the gold tour for Grand Prix riders doing the Intermediaire II and Grand Prix.
Successful Start in Hamburg
The first Almased Dressage Amateurs competition was hosted during the Deutsches Spring- und Dressur Derby in Hamburg.
In Hamburg the Bronze tour was won by Anne Lehmann and Christina Lebens. Lehmann won the Prix St Georges aboard the 10-year old KWPN gelding Don Juan (by Vivaldi x Metall) on 69.804%, but Christine Lebens and her 9-year old Oldenburg Fantango OLD (by Fidertanz x Dream of Glory) reigned in the Intermediaire I with 70.343%.
In the Silver-tour the Swiss Andrina Viebrock and her 10-year old Oldenburg mare Quibelle (by Quaterback x Sandro Hit) wielded the axe of power. They won the Intermediaire A with 66.814% and the Intermediaire II with 68.775%.
In the Gold-tour German Anke Dieckell took a strong start on her 12-year old Oldenburg bred Donaldson OLD (by Dimaggio x Londonderry) in the Intermediaire II by posting a winning score of 68.529%. Former German youth team rider Louisa Lüttgen claimed the Grand Prix aboard her 11-year old Hanoverian mare Diva Noir (by Diamond Hit x Rubin Royal) with 67.826%.
Almased's Trouillé Thrilled
The owner of Almased, André Trouillé, celebrated a very successful first instalment in Hamburg.
“I really liked the premiere here in Hamburg. The idea of this tournament came to me when I was in Wellington. Over there, you will find competitions for riders with world ranking points, but also extra competitions for amateurs. I find it a nice thought. In that way, the amateurs get more opportunities, which raises the entertainment”.
Trouillé was thrilled with how the spectators welcomed this new show circuit in Hamburg.
"There were many people there to see the competitions. Where else do the amateurs riders get to have so much audience," said André.
For more information and news about the Almased Dressage Amateurs, visit www.almaseddressage.com
Photos © Thomas Hellmann
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