Vivaldi sons dominate World Dressage Champs at Verden

Gerdine Maree and Dream Boy, winners of the six-year-old qualifier at Verden.
Gerdine Maree and Dream Boy, winners of the six-year-old qualifier at Verden. © Karl-Heinz Frieler

Three sons of the Dutch stallion Vivaldi have scored a trifecta in the six-year-old dressage qualifier at Verden, all impressing with their overall impression.

Dream Boy was the winner of the qualifier for the six-year-old championship FEI World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses, with Dancer Forever and Desperado second and third in a class of 29 horses.

Dream Boy, who is from a Ferro mare, was presented by Gerdine Maree in Verden, and won with a final score of 8.84. The canter was the most impressive feature of the black stallion, showing more submissiveness than his half brothers and delivering an above-average overall impression.

Second place went to the chestnut stallion Dancer Forever and Kirsten Brouwer, only just behind the winner with 8.82. From a Tango mare, his trot and the canter were his most impressive features.

And the third Vivaldi son, the black Desperado, from a Havidoff mare and shown by Emmelie Scholtens, scored 8.76 for third place.

This result is a big success for the Dutch breeding association KWPN, with the final being decided on Sunday in the international tournament area in Verden.

Fourth place went to the Danish Romanov-son Rossetti under Jan Möller-Christensen and fifth finished another Dutch horse, Dorado, with Emmelie Scholtens. The best horse from the German warmblood breed only came in sixth place, Auheim’s Del Magico by Dimaggio, a Hanoverian stallion, presented in Verden by the Austrian rider Stephanie Dearing.

The show jumping stadium and Grand Prix arena are firmly in the hands of international riders. On Friday Irish rider Eoin McMahon won the first qualifier of the medium tour with the Irish stallion Griffin. The two Lower Saxonian riders Gerd Sosath (Lemwerder) and Hartwig Rohde (Werlte) were second and third, just as team World Champion Carsten-Otto Nagel (Wedel) with his Derby-horse Lex Lugar. Following the fifth place in the opening competition, the duo finished third in the second qualifier. Rohde won with Havinga’s Amando, followed by the current Lower Saxonian National Champion Mynou Diederichsmeier (Ganderkesee) and Danthes H.

Soccer World Champion Thomas Müller, currently in the US, and wife, Bavarian reserve champion Lisa Müller, will be given a Zack-De Niro filly foal by the Hannoveraner Verband. It was Thomas Müller’s original intention to receive this gift together with his wife on the occasion of the Gala Evening of the International Dressage and Show Jumping Festival. But because of the tight schedule, it will be impossible for the scorer to be in Verden in time on Saturday.  will meet the young Hanoverian foal the first time without her husband.

Federal Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen will ride in a quadrille with other former auction riders. Von der Leyen belonged to the Verden auction team as a young girl, where flexibility and the ability to quickly adapt to new horses are a prerequisite. Rainer Kiel, head of the Organizing Committee, rounded some former riders from the auction team up to show a quadrille.

When and whether the choreography was ever practiced remains the secret of the participants.

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