The British Hanoverian mare Woodlander Farouche and the Dutch Warmblood stallion Astrix claimed the 5- and 6-year-old titles, respectively, at the Fédération Équestre Internationale World Championships for Young Dressage Horses, Aug. 3-7 in Verden, Germany.
Woodlander Farouche (Furst Heinrich—Woodlander Dornroschen, Dimaggio), ridden by Michael George Eilberg of Great Britain, won the 5-year-old division with a 9.72. The mare earned a 10 for her walk.
“It is a pure pleasure to ride such a horse,” said Eilberg, 25, who also competed Farouche’s dam, Dornroschen. “They are very similar characters. Both show up in the arena with the intention of doing their jobs.”
The mare’s owner and breeder, Lynne Crowden, burst into tears of joy after the victory.
Emmelie Scholtens of the Netherlands rode M. Perlee’s Astrix (Obelisk—Upshot, Olivi) to a 9.2 for the trot and finished on a total score of 9.16 in the 6-year-old division.
Two U.S. horses competed in the finale tests in Verden, both owned and ridden by Jennifer Hoffman. Florentinus V finished ninth (8.32) out of 15 in the 5-year-old final test, and Ratzinger V placed 14th of 15 in the 6-year-old final (6.94).