The weekend in Ermelo has been exciting with a very high level of top dressage horses and an audience filled with expectations. Helgstrand Dressage had 13 horses qualified for the WCYH and won 2 gold, 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals.
Helgstrand Dominated the top 5 in the final for 5-year-olds
In the class for 5-year-olds, Helgstrand Dressage had no less than 8 horses riding the qualifying class, of which 4 went straight through to the final. The equipages who qualified for the final were Eva Möller and Valverde, Andreas Helgstrand and Jovian, Andreas Helgstrand and Queenparks Wendy, and Severo Jurado Lopéz and Springbank II VH. In the small final, Eva Möller and Espe qualified for the final by winning the class. Saturday, when the final took place, the horses from Helgstrand Dressage dominated the arena. Andreas and the well-moving stallion, Jovian, danced their way through their program. The stallion received the top character, 10, all over, except for the walk, where he got 8.3. Andreas and Jovian won the gold with a total score of impressive 9.66 and became World Champion 2019.
Andreas also secured the bronze medal with the Danish Warmblood mare, Queenparks Wendy, who received great points throughout the final. She got 9.0 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 10.0 for her up-hill canter, 9.5 for submission and 9.6 for perspective, and ended with a total score of 9.42. The 4th place was taken by Eva Möller and our stallion Valverde, who got a total score of 9.22. Valverde received a 10.0 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 9.0 for canter, 9.0 for submission and 9.5 for perspective.
Severo Jurado Lopéz and the breeding stallion, Springbank II VH, was placed 5th, and got a total score of 9.18. Springbank got 8.6 for walk, 9.3 for trot, 9.5 for galop, 9.0 for submission and 9.5 for perspective.
Eva Möller and Espe also delivered a good performance, which they received a total score of 8.68 for and were placed 11th in the final. Espe received 8.0 for walk, 8.9 for trot, 9.0 for canter, 8.3 for submission and 9.2 for perspective.
Silver and bronze in the 6-year-olds
Andreas and the former world champion, Revolution, delivered once again and won the silver medal with a total score of 9.44. Revolution received 9.0 for walk, 10.0 for his well-balanced trot, 9.6 for canter, 8.8 for submission and 9.8 for perspective. Because of a few mistakes in the flying changes, Revolution sadly lost the gold.
Very close after Revolution was Zhaplin Langholt, who delivered an incredible performance, and received a total score of 9.34 and the bronze medal. Zhaplin Langholt got 8.3 for walk, 9.8 for trot, 9.5 for canter, 9.4 for submission and 9.7 for perspective.
World Champion in the 7-year-old
In the class for 7-year-old horses, all 3 equipages from Helgstrand Dressage qualified for the final, which was Severo Jurado Lopéz and D’avie, and Betina Jæger and Bonderman.
Severo and the stallion, D’avie, won gold and can now call themselves Double World Champions, as they also won the year before. The equipages had two impressive rides at received above 85% in both the qualification and the final. In the final D’avie got 8.8 for walk, 9.4 for trot, 10.0 for canter, 8.8 for submission, and 9.5 for perspective.
Betina and Bonderman got a total score of 80.843%, and though they delivered a well-balanced and harmonious ride, they came in 7th. Bonderman received 8.5 for walk, 9.2 for trot, 8.8 for canter, 8.7 for submission and 9.0 for perspective.
So Unique placed 1st in the 4-year-olds
The young breeding stallion, So Unique, dominated the test for 4-year-olds at WCYH in Ermelo. In the qualification the stallion won with an impressive total score of 9.14. Among the characters in the qualifier were 9.7 for walk and 9.4 in perspective. In the final he was superior and won the class with an impressive total score of 9.64, which was 1.2 points more than 2nd place. In the final he received the characters 10.0 for walk, 9.0 for trot, 9.7 for canter, 9.7 for submission and 9.8 for perspective.
-- Helgstrand Dressage press release
Photos © Astrid Appels
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