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Great Dressage Horses 2

Hall of Fame series; Equestrian Vision. DVD, approx 90min. RRP £17.99. ASIN: B0019OS6I4.

July 15, 2008

Dressage is a sport growing in popularity and this DVD shows some of the world's top horses from the past 10 years in action.

Their best or most popular performances are shown here, with commentary from British Olympian Richard Davison, and Jeremy Hawkesfield.

Nadine Cappellman's Farbenfroh is next, shown in their GP special at the WEG in Spain in 2002. The World Champion sadly died two years later.

Davison provides lots of insider snippets about each horses' background and analyses their performances.

The first is Anky van Grunsven's and Bonfire, in their kur at the 1997 World Cup Final. See if you can spot Bonfire's rather lacklustre walk, which might see him marked down today.

Isabell Werth and Gigolo at the 1997 European Championships follow, and the Ulla Salzgeber and the Latvian-bred Rusty are next. Rusty's performance at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Rome in 1998 is shown here.

Andreas Helgstrand and Blue Hors Matine.

Nadine Capellmann (GER) and Farbenfroh © Kit Houghton

The spectacular trot of Beauvolais will not fail to impress anyone - even if you're not into dressage. The former German team horse, ridden by Spain's Beatrix Ferrer-Salat is shown in the GP special at the 2002 WEG in Jerez. They won individual silver.

Bucking the trend of warmblood dominance is the majestic Spanish stallion Invasor with the supreme showman Rafael Sotto Andrade on board. The pair are shown at the WEG in their home country in 2002.

The sole representative from outside Europe - and, finally, the mares - is represented first by Brentina, who with Debbie McDonald on board is shown at the World Cup final in Las Vegas in 2005. The pair will represent the US at the Olympics later this year.

The second and final mare on this collection is the spectacular Blue Hors Matine. She is shown in her wildly popular Kur at the WEG in Aachen 2006 with Denmark's Andreas Helgstrand on board.

Isabell Werth's second representative on this DVD, Satchmo, shows off his excellent trot - among other features, of course - at the 2006 WEG, where the combination won the World Championship Grand Prix Special title, pipping Salinero and Blue Hors Matine.

Ending the dressage fest is the 2006 World Dressage Freestyle Champions Salinero and Anky van Grunsven, who beat Blue Hors Matine for the title at Aachen.

If you want to see the best in action, this is a great DVD. You might just pick up some winning tips!



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