The 5-year old Boa Vista became the winner of the 5-year old Dressage Horse Finals at the 2021 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf on Sunday 15 August 2021.
Boa Vista and the 6-year old Forever Valentine showed that mare power is not just a flash in the pan in the development of modern dressage sport. Mares won gold and silver at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo and mares won the two most important gold medals at the 2021 Bundeschampionate - the German Young Horse Championships - in Warendorf.
In the 5-year old division, Boa Vista edged out super expensive auction horses and breeding stallions. The top 10 of the 5-year old finals featured just one mare, one gelding and for the rest all stallions.
Heemsoth Does the Double
Professional dressage rider Greta Heemsoth did the double and won the title and gold medal for the second consecutive year. In 2020 she won on Sommernacht and this year she had her moment on Ingo Pape's Hanoverian mare Boa Vista (by Bon Coeur x Scolari).
Coming from a sixth place and 8.2 score in the qualification round, the pair gave a wonderful display of correct, classical dressage riding in the Finals and were amply rewarded by judges Kerstin Holthaus, Thomas Kessler, and Harry Lorenz. The chestnut mare received 8 for walk, 10 for trot, 9 for canter, and 9.5 for submission and general impression. She finished on a winning 9.2 score.
Boa Vista comes from a winning pedigree. Home bred by Ingo Pape, the mare is out of Scara Boa (by Scolari x Wolkenstein II x Gardeulan), who won the 2013 World Young Horse Championships in Verden under Lena Stegemann, but then disappeared from the international sport world and become a broodmare.
Danciero on Her Heels
Andreas Helgstrand and Paul Schockemöhle's Hanoverian stallion Danciero (by Dancier x Floriscount) was right on Boa Vista's heels and finished as the reserve champion with a 9.1 score.
Eva Möller could easily have overtaken the winning duo, but a tiny miscommunication in the final simple change impacted the submission score. The power and willing black stallion, who showed great work ethic, scored 9 for walk, 9.5 for trot and canter, 8.5 for submission and 9 for general impression.
Danciero is bred by Broers and Weber ZG and was bought by "Shockstrand" for 700,000 euro at the 2018 Westfalian Stallion Licensing, where he was named the champion. He was presented there by his owners Matthieu Beckmann and Pascal Kandziora at the time. Trained by Möller since the start, Danciero was fourth at the 2019 and 2020 Bundeschampionate. This year they were third with 8.5 in the preliminary round before capturing silver in the Finals.
Rod Laver Gets Bronze
Lena Stegemann piloted Frank Becker's Hanoverian stallion Rod Laver (by Rock Forever x Fidertanz) to the bronze medal.
The combination won the preliminary round with a 9.0 score but could not repeat that score in the Finals. They still produced outstanding scores with 8.5 for walk, 9 for trot and canter, 8.5 for submission and 9 for general impression. They finished third with 8.8.
Bred by Simone und Thomas Visser, Rod Laver will be presented again on the big stage at the 2021 World Young Horse championships in Verden, Germany, in two weeks. He will be joined by Danciero. The German selectors picked seven 5-year old stallions for Verden and did not even list Boa Vista as a reserve (three more stallions are reserve).
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