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Birgit Popp

June 20, 2006

Germans Keep Control At Aachen

The German dressage team (Ann Kathrin Linsenhoff/Sterntaler-Unicef, Nadine Capellmann/Elvis VA, Hubertus Schmidt/Wansuela Suerte and Isabell Werth/Warum Nicht FRH, 222.37) became the undisputed victors at the Aachen CDIO. They won ahead of Denmark (209.87) and Sweden (209.54), followed by Switzerland (207.41) and the Netherlands (205.95).

June 20, 2006

Ehning Continues Winning Streak At Aachen

Unbelievably bad weather and an unbelievably good atmosphere could only be possible at Aachen. In spite of thunderstorms, icy winds and heavy rainshowers, a good mood prevailed at Aachen, May 17-21 in Aachen, Germany.

On the final day of competition alone, 51,000 spectators watched the show jumping, dressage and driving, and the winners in all three disciplines had one thing in common--they are riding a wave of success.

June 16, 2006

Mannheim Victory Remains In Germany With Wulschner

The 43rd May Market Horse Show at Mannheim, Germany, concluded on May 9, after eight days of showing, with the $76,944 Energie Grand Prix of Mannheim. The show includes the traditional May Market, which was originally an agricultural fair and still offers lots of local and rural flavor, attracting nearly 400,000 people per year.

May 12, 2006

Checkmate Wins The Game In Gothenburg

Following on the heels of their World Cup qualifier victory three weeks earlier at 's-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands), Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Checkmate won again at Gothenburg (Sweden), April 13-16, in the 12th and final qualifier of the Western European League for the FEI World Cup Final.

April 21, 2006

Salinero Breaks Records At 's-Hertogenbosch

Just when it seems that Anky van Grunsven and Keltec Salinero can't get any better, they do.

The spectators in the sold-out Brabant-Hallen at 's-Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands) gave standing ovations to their idol, Anky van Grunsven, and her 12-year-old, Hanoverian gelding, Salinero. The reigning Olympic and World Cup champions from the Netherlands achieved an 87.92 percent--the highest percentage ever scored in an international Grand Prix freestyle.

Two judges gave them scores of 96 and 94 percent at the 's-Hertogenbosch CDI-W, held March 23-26.

April 21, 2006

Michaels-Beerbaum Wins World Cup Warm-up At 's-Hertogenbosch

eredith Michaels-Beerbaum is already qualified for the FEI World Cup Final in Kuala Lumpur at the end of April, having won the title last year.
But she didn't let that detail stop her from claiming victory in the World Cup-qualifying grand prix at the 's-Hertogenbosch CSI-W (the Netherlands) on March 23-26.

On a sad note to the week, Michaels-Beerbaum dedicated her win to her late mother-in-law, who had recently died after a long illness.

April 4, 2006

Bonaparte Rules At Bremen

The Grand Prix Special, the final of the Kampmann Dressage Cup, drew the absolute top horses and riders during the Bremen Horse Sport Festival in Bremen, Germany, Feb. 26. With a brilliant ride, Heike Kemmer and her 13-year-old Hanoverian, Bonaparte, took victory with her personal top score of 78.48 percent.

"I am very satisfied with my ride. Bonaparte has further developed during the winter break. He has become more muscular and has more power," she said. "This has an especially positive effect in movements like piaffe, passage and canter pirouettes."

March 24, 2006

The Sixth Sense Prevails In Leipzig

Just one day before his 55th birthday, Austria's Thomas Fr�uhmann won his second World Cup qualifier of the 2005-06 season aboard The Sixth Sense in front of a crowd of 8,500 spectators at Leipzig, Germany, Jan. 22.

March 24, 2006

Brink Looks Ahead From Neumunster Victory

It was the second start and second victory this year for Jan Brink and Bjorsells Briar of Sweden in the Grand Prix freestyle at the Neumunster CDI-W, Feb. 16-19 in Neumunster, Germany.

The seasoned pair, who took bronze at the European Championships last year, scored 79.53 percent to claim the seventh FEI World Cup qualifier of the year.

But qualifying for the World Cup Final isn't Brink's focus.

March 24, 2006

Bengtsson Bounds Off With Neumunster Triumph

The blue-and-yellow colors of Sweden ruled the weekend as Rolf-Goran Bengtsson of Sweden took home two grand prix wins from the Neumunster CSI, held in Neumunster, Germany, Feb. 17-19.

Bengtsson's biggest victory came on Sunday afternoon when he won the Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken Grand Prix of Neumunster with Tepic La Silla. The 41-year-old 2004 Olympic team silver medalist also got to congratulate his countryman Jan Brink, who won the Grand Prix freestyle in the CDI earlier that day (see article p. 184).

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