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Birgit Popp

September 23, 2005

Brink Brings Home Historic Aachen Win With Bj?lls Briar

Jan Brink of Sweden became the first male to be crowned dressage champion of the Aachen CDIO since the title was introduced in 1996.

Aboard Bj?lls Briar, Aug. 24-28 in Aachen, Germany, Brink placed second in the Grand Prix and won the Grand Prix Special with almost faultless, expressive rides. Their victory in the $124,333 Deutsche Bank Grand Prix freestyle clinched the overall victory (232.47) for the 35-year-old horse trainer and breeding station owner.

September 23, 2005

United States Shows The Way In Aachen Nations Cup

The U.S. team wore gold on Aug. 26, claiming victory in the Samsung Super League Nations Cup, at the Aachen CHIOin Germany. And they did it in truly authoritative fashion, finishing 8 faults ahead of the French and Dutch teams, which tied for second.

This was just the fourth time the U.S. team took victory in Aachen's Nations Cup, with previous wins in 1962, 1985 and 1987. The U.S. team now leads the Samsung Super League season standings (43 points) with just the final competition remaining in Barcelona (Spain), Sept. 14-18, ahead of Germany (39) and Great Britain (37).

September 8, 2005

Who's Responsible For Maintaining The Classical Principles Of Dressage?

For two decades, it was only a whisper. But not any more, thanks to an article in the August edition of the German equestrian magazine St. Georg entitled "Dressur pervers" ("Dressage perverse"), plus the editorial in the same issue and subsequent articles in two respected German national newspapers, Ssche Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

These articles have brought into the open a debate about the training of dressage horses, especially by some of the sport's top riders and their trainers.

August 26, 2005

Germany Narrowly Retains European Dressage Title

The European Dressage Championships, held on the grounds of Ullrich Kasselmann's equestrian center in the small, North German city of Hagen am Teutoburger Wald, July 28-31, provided one of the closest international dressage competitions ever.

As seldom before, the German dressage throne teetered in the approach to the event, with an unprecedented thinning out of team candidates. After the Grand Prix rides of the first three Dutch riders, the Netherlands led.

August 19, 2005

It's All Germany At The European Show Jumping Championships

Germany, the reigning European and Olympic champions, travelled to this European Show Jumping Championships at San Patrignano, Italy, July 21-24, with one goal: to retain their title.

And just as they had in 2003 in their home country at Donaueschingen, Germany's show jumping riders achieved a double victory.

June 22, 2005

's-Hertogenbosch Wins Prove Van Grunsven Is Back

In her first show since taking time off to have a son in November, Anky van Grunsven scored four wins in four classes at the CDI-W
's-Hertogenbosch (the Nether-lands), March 18-20. Aboard IPS Krack C, the reigning Olympic champion won the Grand Prix for the Special and the Grand Prix Special, and aboard Keltec Salinero, she topped the Grand Prix for the freestyle and the $51,797 World Cup freestyle.

With a percentage of 83.60, the Dutch rider showed that she is prepared to defend her title in the FEI World Cup Final to be held in Las Vegas, Nev., April 20-24.

June 22, 2005

Salzgeber Sweeps German Dressage Championships

Ulla Salzgeber and her 16-year-old, chestnut Latvian gelding, Rusty, left no doubt about their leading role in the German dressage scene when they dominated the German Dressage Championships in Balve, June 11'13. They won all three Grand Prix classes with an overall score of 238.95 for their third national title.
Their score of 82.72 percent for the Grand Prix freestyle was especially impressive, as the duo has not shown for more than four months.

June 20, 2005

Sunrise Lights Up Wiesbaden CDI

t was nearly midnight when Dutch rider Imke Schellekens-Bartels rode into the arena as the final starter in the Grand Prix freestyle, held in front of the illuminated Biebrich Castle in Wiesbaden, Germany.

In spite of the late hour, thousands of fans stayed for her performance and greeted her at the end of her ride with a surge of applause.

Schellekens-Bartels, who finished 11th in the Athens Olympics, rode the mare Sunrise to a very pleasing, demanding and emotional performance, for which she received 75.57 percent at the CDI, May 13-16.

June 20, 2005

Michaels-Beerbaum Declares Checkmate At Wiesbaden

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum had just one goal for the Pentecost Horse Show at Wiesbaden, Germany, May 13-16--to win the $75,199 Grand Prix of Wiesbaden. With her victory on Whitsun Monday, Michaels-Beerbaum took the first female victory there since Helena Weinberg's success in 1987.

With a clear initial round aboard Checkmate, she laid the groundwork for a win. In the jump-off, for which 12 of the 44 riders qualified, Luciana Diniz of Brazil seemed to have set an unbeatable time aboard Dover, with a clear round in 48.35 seconds.

May 16, 2005

Van Grunsven And Keltec Salinero Reign Supreme At Dusselorf Masters CDI

Anky van Grunsven and Keltec Salinero dominated the FEI World Cup freestyle at the D?orf CDI-W (Germany), held April 1-2, with an
impressive score of 84.42 percent.

But it was an outstanding ride by Isabell Werth aboard Satchmo that earned her second place (80.70%) in the freestyle and moved her to the top of the leaderboard for the Western European World Cup League.

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