What's Happening: February 2006 - Part 2

Mon, 02/27/2006 - 00:00
What's Happening in the Dressage World?
Hans Peter Minderhoud and Tolando :: Photo © Dirk Caremans

Tolando, the Dutch warmblood bred chestnut gelding by Krack C who won the 2006 KWPN Stallion Competition at M-level,is back in training with Edward Gal. Hans Peter Minderhoud, who is Gal's life partner, took over the ride on Tolando for the Stallion Competition as Gal was competing at international shows abroad. Now that the KWPN competition circuit is over, Tolando is back at Gal's barn in Harskamp, The Netherlands.
Photo copyrighted: Dirk Caremans

Hans Peter Minderhoud is now a member of the Dutch Grand Prix B-team. Aboard the Oldenburg gelding Escapado (by Ex Libris x Ikarus), Minderhoud scored 71.11% at a national show in Emmeloord, The Netherlands. This result was good for the victory in the class and a place in the B-team. If Minderhoud rides one more 70% score he'll go into the A-team.

The KWPN licensed stallion Junior STV might soon make his comeback in the show ring. The 14-year old Uniform offspring is currently in training with the Dutch Manuela Poulsen, who owns a dressage stable in Germany right near the Dutch border. Junior STV was up for auction last year when Stud Farm 't Vierspan closed it doors, but didn't sell, despite rumours that the dapple grey stallion was to move to Australia. Junior STV was previously ridden by Anky van Grunsven, Anne van Olst and Hans Peter Minderhoud, with whom Poulsen currently trains.

Twelve year old Dutch FEI pony rider Maria van den Dungen booked her first big show successes with her new ponies Milkshake and Hertenhof's Sunlight, both former Dutch team pony's that competed at the European Championships. Van den Dungen won the Regional Championship of South-Holland aboard Milkshake and became reserve champion with Hertenhof's Sunlight, who won individual bronze at the European Championships last year in Italy. Van den Dungen is training at Stal Hertenhof in Noordbeemster and is coached by Alex van Silfhout and judge Kees Verhoeven.

On Horse-Gate the news was posted that the Trakehner licensed stallion Ivernel(Arogno x Marlo x Schoner Abend x Hartung) sold to England. The chestnut Trakehner is bred by Mr Horn from Isert and was owned by Petra Wilm's Gestut Tasdorf. Ivernel's son Pret-a-Porter sired the 2004 Trakehner licensing champion Le Rouge. Though Ivernel is leaving the station, Tasdorf is now standing Gestut Vorwerk's Jazz Time (by Jazz x Romadour II x Pasteur). The stallion is owned byMr Magiera from Westheim, Germany.

As of May 1, 2006, the 40-year old John Bierling will be the new director of the Dutch Equestrian Federation. Bierling is currently director of Operations for the Lausalec Holding in Heerenveen and has 600 people personnel.

Finnish Olympic dressage rider Kyra Kyrklund will top the bill at the British Dressage Young Horse & Breeding Championships at The College Equestrian Centre, Beds, on 13-14 July 2006. Kyra will demonstrate how she trains young horses during the gala evening, which takes place on Thursday, 13th July. Also during the gala evening, competitors will be battling it out for the Shearwater Six-Year-Old FEI and Nirvana Spa Young Prix St Georges Horse Championships.

By the way, have you all seen the newly designed British Dressage website? Go towww.britishdressage.co.uk

Victoria Max-Theurer's Weinrausch (Walt Disney x Darling) is back in action. After a long period of injury, Max-Theurer competed the Hanoverian bay gelding for the first time again in the Grand Prix at a national show in Weikersdorf, Austria. With a 71% score, the pair reigned supreme and beat Ulla Salzgeber on her new GP horse Furst Finley (67.57%), who is owned by Gisela Carstens.

The young Victoria Max Theurer will join many international top riders at the show in Bremen this weekend. Bremen is hosting the 2006 Kampmann Cup Finals, which has the largest purse of prize money in dressage. Also competing in Bremen are Kristy Oatley-Nist, Andreas Helgstrand, Kyra Kyrklund, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Nadine Capellmann, Jonny Hilberath, Klaus Husenbeth, Heike Kemmer, Carola Koppelmann, Christoph Koschel, Susanne Lebek, Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff, Anja Plönzke, Martin Schaudt, Hubertus Schmidt, Ellen Schulten-Baumer, Isabell Werth, Rudolf Zeilinger, Jan Brink, and Krisian von Krusenstierna.