The mares Tophøjs Florentina and Queenparks Wendy took a strong start in the 2019 Danish Warmblood Young Horse Championship for 5-year olds, held annually at the Danish Warmblood Stallion Licensing in Herning.
On Wednesday 6 March 2019, the first round of the 5-year old Championship took place with a presentation of the horses under their own rider. The horses were assessed by Susanne Baarup and Dennis Fisker on their basic gaits. On Thursday 7 March 2019 the second round takes place in which the horses are assessed through the FEI 5-year old preliminary tests. The marks of round 1 and 2 count for 60% for the final score. On Sunday 9 March 2019 the final round takes place in which Patrik Kittel will test ride the horses and award a further 40% of the final score.
The 2019 DWB Championship edition has turned into a "Battle of the Sezuan offspring" with 11 Sezuan get competing in a field of 34.
Portuguese Frederico Mexia de Almeida steered the Bregnerødgård owned chestnut mare Tophøjs Florentina (by Floriscount x Solos Landtinus) to the highest day score of 171 points with 9.5 for walk, trot and canter. The same total mark was also achieved by Bolette Wandt's mare Queenparks Wendy (by Sezuan x Soprano). The black mare got 9.5 for walk, 9 for trot and 10 for canter.
German Meike Lang steered Helgstrand's dark bay stallion Elverhojs Raccolto (by Sezuan x Sandro Hit) to a provisional third place with 165 points. This stallion got 8 for walk, 9.5 for trot and 10 for canter.
Olivia Aman and the bay stallion Katholt's Hamilton (by Zack x De Noir) finished fourth after earning 7.5 for walk, 9 for trot and 9.5 for canter. Camilla Ahlers Pedersen and Vivi and Christian Vang Lauridsen's bright bay gelding Sogaards Bon Royal (by Bon Bravour x De Noir) completed the top five with 156 points, after earning 8.5 for walk and canter and 9 for trot.
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