The annual international dressage competition in the Bibrich park in Wiesbaden is without a doubt one of the most beautiful competitions in the world. Set in front of a pink castle, the backdrop cannot get any more picturesque. Five years ago the CDI Wiesbaden was able to field a huge international group of competitors but nowadays Wiesbaden is more and more becoming an all German event.
With the fantastic CDIO Compiegne scheduled the same weekend as Wiesbaden this year -- Wiesbaden's dates depend on Whitsunday - the international field of competitors was reduced even more. Wiesbaden also staged several important national classes for juniors and young riders as well as a Louisdor Cup qualifier for developing Grand Prix horses, won by Isabell Werth on Madeleine Winter-Schulze's 10-year old Westfalian gelding Quintus (by Quaterback x Florestan x Wachhorst).
Wiesbaden became a self-catering event with newly wed Fabienne Müller-Lutkemeier, Dorothee Schneider and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl taking top honour. Aboard her mother Gina's 11-year old German Sport horse bred Fabregaz (by Florestano x Ragazzo) she won the Grand Prix for Special with 73.043% and placed second in the Special with 74.298%.
Dorothee Schneider and Bernd Heicke's 10-year old Hanoverian Faustus (by Falsterbo x Forrest xx) was second in the Grand Prix for Special (72.957%) but claimed the trophy in the Special with a strong 76.000%.
In the Grand Prix for Kur, Lutkemeier and her evergreen D'Agostino (by De Niro x Shogun xx) took highest honour with 73.087% and had Jessica von Bredow-Werndl on Beatrice Burchler Keller's 17-year old Dutch stallion Unee BB (by Gribaldi x Dageraad) behind her with 72.674%. The kur to music, which is ridden under floodlight, von Bredow topped the board on 80.075% and D'Agostino was second with 78.225%.
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Scores 2018 CDI Wiesbaden