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Exciting final qualification for dressage riders

The Dutch Masters-Indoor Brabant, which will be held from 14 till 17 March, is the last chance for the international dressage riders to win points for the Final of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ in Gothenburg in Sweden (3-7 April). However, it will be difficult to for the combinations who still need points as the top of the standings are participating in the Brabanthallen in ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Top line-up
Germany is represented by a very strong team led by Isabell Werth. Werth is the title defender and therefore automatically qualified for the Final. She competed in and won four qualifications with three different horses: Lyon with Emilio, Stuttgart with Bella Rose and Amsterdam and Neumünster with Weihegold OLD. She will be accompanied by the leader of the standings, Helen Langehanenberg and Dorothee Schneider who is currently in second position. The biggest dilemma that German team manager Monica Theodorescu has now is to decide which two of the five German riders currently in the leading pack will join Werth at the Final, because each nation is only permitted to field three horse-and-rider combinations.

The continuously improving Judy Reynolds will compete for Ireland. She prevented a German whitewash in Neumünster by finishing third with her small gelding Vancouver K behind Werth and Langehanenberg. She currently is in 12th position, but because Germany can only send two combinations from the standings, she is reasonable certain to qualify for the Final. So is Denmark’s Daniel Bachmann Andersen, who won the first qualification in Herning with Blue Hors Zack. The public will enjoy the passage and piaffe of the Lusitano stallion of Maria Caetano from Portugal, who are currently in fifth place in the standings. Australia’s Kristy Oatley, Richard Davison (GBR), Benjamin Werndl (GER) and Patrik Kittel and Antonia Ramel from Sweden completed the line-up.

The Dutch
Hans Peter Minderhoud takes fourth place in the standings and is fairly certain to go to the Final. He finished third in London and won the qualifier in Mechelen with Glock’s Dream Boy NOP. “I don’t feel any extra pressure. I am reasonably certain of a place in the Final. The Dutch Masters fits my planning very well. Three weeks after Amsterdam and three weeks before the Final. It gives Dream Boy a nice break in between competitions.” It is hoped that Glock’s Dream Boy will continue his upward trend and will provide a nice surprise in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Adelinde Cornelissen, Anne Meulendijks, Emmelie Scholtens, Diederik van Silfhout, and Thamar Zweistra will also compete in de world cup competition.

The FEI Dressage World Cup™ Grand Prix will be staged on Thursday, 5 pm, and on Saturday afternoon the public can enjoy the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Freestyle from 2.30 pm.

CDI3* and CDI-U25
Additionally The Dutch Masters offers a CDI3* and CDI-U25 tour. The 3* combinations will compete in a Grand Prix (Kingsland Horsepoint Prize, Friday at noon) and a Freestyle (Saturday at 11.30 am). Competing are, among others, Edward Gal, Adelinde Cornelissen, Isabell Werth, Madeleine Witte and Marlies van Baalen.
The young U25 riders will perform their Grand Prix on Friday afternoon at 2 pm and on Saturday morning the Freestyle at 9 am. Both classes are sponsored by Sport Pro Horses. Among the competitors are European U25 Champion Charlotte Fry from Great Britain and Dutch Jeanine Nieuwenhuis, the current number one of the U25 FEI World Rankings.

Full competitors list CDI-W/CDI3* and CDI-U25.

(Photos Digishots and Remco Veurink)