After Oldenburg had already gone really well with the two victories, Escolar confirmed his good shape in Stuttgart. In the Grand Prix we were still struggling a little, with a small mistake in the a tempi-changes, but all in all it was definitely good. The Spécial was simply great, just as I had hoped. Our "Moby Dick" was awake and absolutely with me, and the good feeling was confirmed by the marks. With 77.936 per cent we reached our best performance so far - thank you, Escolar!
And there is another reason for thanks: Escolar was awarded the Otto-Loerke-Prize as a promising young Grand-Prix horse. Of course I am very happy about that, and the Big Boy absolutely deserves it. Nevertheless, I would like to take the liberty of saying that this award, which also goes to the rider and trainer, was, at least in my eyes, also awarded on behalf of a few other horses that might have deserved it as well: My Fair Lady, Wansuela Suerte, Forrest Gump, Donnelly and Imperio. Anyway: Many thanks!
Several show weekends are behind us and the horses have competed really well. After Aachen and Münster, Verden was on the programme.
For Denoix and Goldberg it was all about qualifying for the Nuremberg Burg Pokal. In the warm-up test, both showed themselves to be outstanding, and so we were able to win both divisions. Denoix was almost three points ahead of the runner-up with a score of 75.951, and Goldberg's 73.979 per cent would also have been enough to win in both departments.
In the qualifying round, Denoix had another great round, which was rewarded with the first place and 76.951 per cent. Unfortunately, I had a mishap with Goldberg in the canter traversal when he fell back into trot once, so we "only" got 71.659 percent and ended on rank 7.
I had entered Bonamour for the international Grand Prix and Spécial, after he had shown himself so beautifully the week before in Münster (72.9 per cent and third in the GP, 71.88 per cent and fourth in the GPS). I thought that the national competitions were a good preparation for the international ones, but in Verden the chestnut stallion was a bit dull. We didn't have any major faults, but we were only able to get 67.63 percent. So I decided to not even try the Spécial.
We have had two eventful and sportive very enjoyable weeks with really nice rounds in the south and in the Sauerland.
The Pferd International in Munich went very well for us. Right the very first start turned into a victory: Bonamour simply went very well and won the Inter II, and then continued seamlessly and also won the qualifier for the Louisdor Prize with well over 76 percent.
In the Nuremberg Tour, Denoix took second place and Goldberg fifth. In the qualifiers, Goldberg moved up to rank three with 75 percent, just ahead of Denoix with 74.39.
Escolar fetched almost 78 percent in the Grand Prix and was second ahead of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Isabell Werth. So we suddenly found ourselves in the freestyle again, which was perhaps a bit hasty, but certainly not well-practiced. That's why things didn't go really smooth, but the fifth place was still highly satisfactory.
I am also very satisfied with our performance in Balve. Goldberg was perhaps still a bit tired from Munich, he is still young and hasn't seen too much yet. Balve was our third tournament together and only the third S-start for him. In the first St. Georg Spécial he was rated 69 percent, and on Saturday he finished fourth with 74 percent.
Escolar was a bit weak in the Grand Prix, which is why we ended up in sixth place - but there's no reason to complain, because he got 76.68 percent. In the Spécial he was sixth with 77.059 percent, which I think is really good for his second GPS ever and really screwed up a-tempi changes. Since Hagen he has made a huge step forward again and was still fresh in the third test, the freestyle (fifth place).
Escolar's beautiful round and his visible improvement in form this year were rewarded with the nomination for the cadre. So we are now reserve for Aachen and are looking forward to it!
This Sunday we will set off for Vechta to present Escolar and Goldberg at the private stallion show. For our "big boy" this will be the only stallion show he will participate in this spring. Tickets to be ordered via firstname.lastname@example.org - we are looking forward to welcoming many friends of beautiful horses!
At the stallion show in Muenster we'll kick off into the New Year. Since there is more than "E's", I will introduce Vainqueur and Goldberg there. The beautiful dark chestnut is now six years old and gives a lot of reason for great sporting and breeding hopes. Goldberg, in spite of his young age, is highly successful in breeding and has won on S-level as a seven-year-old already. I am glad that I can ride these great stallions and show them in Muenster.