The atmosphere in the sold-out Holstenhalle in Neumünster, Germany for the Grand Prix freestyle CDI-W, resembled a soccer final more than a stately dressage competition. Each ride in the finale of the Neumünster CDI-W, Feb. 15-18, received roaring applause from the crowd of 5,000 spectators.
And their enthusiasm was matched by the quality of the performances--12 of the 14 competitors in the World Cup freestyle test scored above 70 percent. But it was Isabell Werth who took victory aboard Warum Nicht FRH with 83.60 percent.
You might have been able to hear the cheers in Thomas Voss' house after he won the Euro Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken Grand Prix of Neumünster, since he lives just 10 minutes from the Holstenhalle in Neumünster, Germany. And after he and Leonardo B3 topped a thrilling jump-off to conclude the Neumünster CSI on Feb. 18, the standing-room-only crowd went crazy.
As in the two previous World Cup seasons, this year's competition features a head-to-head battle between the Netherlands' reigning World Cup Champion Ysbrand Chardon and Germany's Michael Freund, who had said he was making last year's World Cup season his farewell tour.
The German show jumpers triumphed completely on their home turf at the CSI-W Leipzig, Jan. 19-21.
Otto Becker and the 8-year-old, Baden-Wuerttemberg stallion Lucky The Man started the show by winning the international opening class, and Franke Sloothaak topped the first class of the Youngster Cup tour aboard the Hanoverian mare Lou.
ast year, Valentina Truppa proved she was a star of the future when she won the FEI Young Rider World Cup Final. And this year she showed she's got a star horse for the future as well, as she defended her title in the Schenker World Cup Dressage Young Riders competition, Dec. 14-17 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The top show jumpers closed their year in splendid fashion on Dec. 14-17 in the Frankfurt Festhalle, the legendary site, bathed in bright holiday decorations, of the Frankfurt CSI in Germany.
A tense jump-off decided the top place in the Mitsubishi Cup Masters League Final. And in the end, the last to go finished first--the reigning FEI World Cup champions Marcus Ehning and the Oldenburg stallion Sandro Boy.
he Frankfurt CDI-W definitively belonged to Silvia Iklé and Salieri CH, as they conquered the Grand Prix and the freestyle on Dec. 16-17 in Frankfurt, Germany.
In the Grand Prix test, the Swiss rider and the 12-year-old, Swiss-bred, dark brown gelding showed an excellent performance, scoring a 76.00 percent for an undisputed victory. Runner-up with 71.08 percent went to 25-year-old German rider Sonja Bolz, aboard Cockney.
Tension filled the air as Thomas Frühmann and The Sixth Sense jumped their way around the Grand Prix of Munich's jump-off round. The class, held as the finale of the Munich CSI, Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Munich, Germany, was the final event of the Riders Tour, and the overall title hung in the balance.
Kyra Kyrklund made a clean sweep of the freestyle tour at the Stuttgart CDI (Germany) on Nov. 15-19. Her ride on Max in the Grand Prix freestyle to melodies from the musical Cabaret scored an 80.55 percent for the top place, following their victory in the Grand Prix test for the freestyle (72.08%).
Kyrklund, of Finland, was thrilled with not only the wins, but also her scores. "The 80 percent is a dream border. You must be very happy, if you get a score above it. Max showed today the best canter tour he has ever shown, so far, in his career in a test," Kyrklund said.