Some of the world’s most promising young horses will converge on The Netherlands to battle it out for top honors in the Young Horse divisions at an event that combines the height of dressage sport with the epitome of breeding. The Longines FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses will be held at the National Equestrian Centre in Ermelo from 28 to 31 July, welcoming the best of the best young dressage horses. This week the competitors of this prestigious world championship were published, with 97 riders, coming from 26 countries, presenting 111 horses. The pairs will vie for glory at this one-of-a-kind event, which combines top horse sport and breeding, and has awarded some of the most influential breeding and competition horses of the past decades.
A number of KWPN-approved stallions will defend the Dutch honour. Amongst them the exceptionally bred Governor (by Totilas) that convincingly won the Dutch pre-selections with Adelinde Cornelisen. The recently approved Four Legends, along with rider Marieke van der Putten, will also compete. The stallion has been very successful in competition, and on the eve of the six-year-old finals this son of Wynton will go under the hammer in the prestigious Excellent Dressage Sales on Saturday July 30th.
Germany’s Dorothee Schneider will bring her phenomenon Sezuan, who won gold in the Verden in 2014 and 2015. This year the pair are part of the new category for seven-year-old dressage horses. The question is whether Schneider and her champion horse can, as the first combination ever, capture a World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses hat trick this year in Ermelo. Amongst the six-year-olds it is the Spanish Severo Jurado Lopez that hopes to prolong his title with the DWB-registred Fiontini (by Fassbinder).
Sezuan and Fiontini are on track to be added to a select group of dressage horses that have gone on to FEI and breeding success. Previous competitions have awarded top horses, including Olympians Uzzo (by Lancet), Damon Hill (by Donnerhall) and Painted Black (by Gribaldi), and these World Breeding Dressage Champions have reached top positions in the rankings. World-famous progenitors such as Sandro Hit, Florencio, and Rousseau have also been successful in this sport and breeding showcase, and have gone on to make a major impact on both dressage competition and the evolution of the modern dressage sport horse.
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