Zum Gluck OLD and Rock 'n Roll Boy became the group winners of the opening class - the 6-year old Dressage Horse preliminary test - of the 2019 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf, Germany, on Wednesday 4 September 2019. However it was Zum Glück that posted the high score of the day.
The Bundeschampionate are the annual German Young Horse Championships for ponies and horses in dressage, show jumping, eventing and driving. This massive event, hosted at the DOKR-German Equestrian Federation headquarters in Warendorf, are the highlight on the calendar for German equestrianism.
The 2019 "BuCha" started on Wednesday 4 September with the 6-year old dressage horse qualifier, in which 44 horses competed in two groups. Judges Henning Lehrmann, Ulrike Nivelle, and Katja Westendarp officiated.
The winner of group one and high scorer of the day was the Dutch Robin van Lierop on Jacques and Saskia Lemmens' Oldenburg licensed stallion Zum Gluck (by Zonik x Florestan). Bred by Ullrich Kasselmann and sold as a price highlight at the PSI Auction, Zum Gluck was third in the preliminary test and ninth in the finals at the 2019 World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo a month ago. In Germany he led the division with sovereignty, scoring a total of 8.70 points after earning 8.5 for walk, 9.5 for trot, 9 for canter, 7.5 for submission and 9 for general impression.
The second highest scoring horse in the class was the winner of group two, Portuguese Nuno Palma e Santos aboard Barbara Welding's Westfalian stallion Rock 'n Roll Boy (by Rock Forever x Sir Donnerhall). The pair posted a total of 8.5 after earning 8.5 for walk and trot, 9 for canter, 8 for submission and 8.5 for general impression.
Three horses earned 8.40 to finish second in their respective groups. In group one that was the Hanoverian gelding Quaterdance (by Quaterhall x Dancier) presented by his owner Victoria Hecker. The liver chestnut gelding earned 8.5 for walk and trot, 8 for canter, 8.5 for submission and general impression. He tied in second place with Melanie Tewes on Sissy Max-Theurer’s Caracciola MT (by Chin Champ / Calido). The grey Holsteiner stallion earned 8.5 for walk, 8 for trot and canter, 9 for submission and 8.5 for general impression. In group two Sandra Kötter steered Wilhelm Sieverding jr's Oldenburg gelding Danubio (by Dante Weltino x Laudabilis) to that 8.4 total score. The dark bay gelding got 8 for walk, 9 for trot and canter, 7.5 for submission and 8.5 for general impression.
The top 10 highest scoring horses in the preliminary test move on to the Finals. The other 34 combinations can try again in the consolation final, which is held on Thursday 5 September 2019.
It was an off day for 2017 Bundeschampion Finest Selection (by Follow Me x Lauries Crusador xx). Therese Nilshagen had to retire the black licensed stallion from the preliminary test as the stallion refused to go.
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