At the first German Pony, Junior and Young Riders qualifier in Warendorf, Westfalen, young rider Nadine Maiwurm won the "Preis der Besten". Her 12 year old Westfalian Don Fredde Robinson (by Damocles x Pilot) guided her to a 2,710 grand total.
In 1996 Nadine was already winner in the junior riders division.
Chef d'Equipe Holger Schmezer was very enthusiastic about this combination: "Robinson showed great extensions, but his flying changes still need to improve." Last year Maiwurm was ranked 5th at the European Young Riders' Championships, and this year her medal chances will definitely increase.
New comer Christine von Oldershausen placed second with the Holsteiner Amica Farina (by Ahorn Z). Third place was covered by the 1998 Reserve European YR Champion Astrid Buer with the Hanoverian What Joy (by World Cup I). "Of the 25 participants at the Warendorf show, half of them scored above 65%; 1999 will show that the German Young Riders are the Best of the Best," Schmezer commented.
In the Junior Riders division 1997 European Pony Champion Nicholas Kroncke led with his Holsteiner stallion Larso by Liostro. Yvonne Peschel and the Russian Trakehner Dressman followed with a 22 point difference. Jan Andreas and Astolfi came in third.
Nicholas sister, Kira Kroncke, presented five times Gold medal winner Dressman in the pony division. The experienced chestnut stallion could only but win. Marie Jager came in second with the palomino stallion Golden Dancer. Eva Marie Sprehe was third with Cash and Go. The complete pony top five was filled with European Championship ponies. Dressman won several times the golden team medal under Desiree Schurf, Golden Dancer was individual champion in 1996 under Jana Kun and Cash and Go won the silver medal under Svenja Meyer in 1998.
Picture copyrighted: Mary Phelps