This years prestigious final was not at quite same level as seen before. Of course it was very nice horses with top riders, but for more the environment seems to affect the young horses, and the extraordinary qualities were missing.
From H2R point of view especially two riders was missing, Mathias Bouten and also Norwegian Isabel Freese, as she just had her first child and was of course with legal excuse. They normally both shows top horses extremely well prepared for the final.
But one horse and rider stood out and won this years prestigious title. And as commentator in the arena Mr. Plewa stated: “This final is also about finding the horses with the best potential for the future”.
For Dorothee Schneider this was her 2nd victory in the final and her 15 horse for the final. First Romance by Fürst Romancier has been at Dorothee´s stable since he was 4 years old.
H2R comments during the test:
small issue out of halt, super active diagonal, smooth active half passes, trot like a cat, superb supple extended walk tour lovely stretching, high quality collected walk tour, small issue passing C, tension hind for 1st pirouette, tense change at C, better 2nd pirouette, nice change, tensions for both series, nice halt with rein back, small lack of beat towards halt.
Comments from Hess:
A dream horse, World Class horse, super aura for the horse, super test.
See the entire results here.