Today sees the end of the small final for 6 and 7-year-olds and the start of tests for Approved Stallions participating in CDI1*
The first horse and rider entered the arena at 9:10 am; they were Poeta de Susaeta, owned by Yeguada Susaeta and ridden by Guillermo García Ayala. This pair concluded their participation in the 6-year-old category to provide viewers with a high-quality performance and the excellent attitude that has characterized them throughout the season with all of their participations. Judges and audience alike truly enjoyed their paces. There was a slight flaw with their flying changes, which were good, but anticipated. Their final score was 7.02.
At 12:45 Romero de Trujillo from Yeguada Trujillo, bred by José Franco Sánchez and ridden by Teia Hernández, were the first 7-year-old pair to enter the arena, thus concluding their participation in these World Breeding Dressage Championships. They executed a high-quality test; at medium walk, they performed with consistency and impulsion. He had an excellent attitude at working trot. Despite a few technical faults at canter, the presentation was good, thus earning them an average of 67.582%.
Mejorano HGF from Hampton Green Farm and ridden by José Daniel Martín Dockx was the next 7-year-old contestant. He entered the arena at 3:10 in the afternoon to offer a very correct test, with flying changes being springy and up-hill. This improved the score with regards to the preliminary test and their average was 69.141%.
Both 7-year-old horses are owned by the US breeder, which indicates the internationalization of the PRE in Dressage.
The CDI1* began at 4:30 in the afternoon. This competition is for approved stallions, listed in the stud book of breeds that are members of the WBFSH. There are three PRE participants, one of which represents Australia. First to enter the arena was Juncal LXXXVII, ridden by owner Alfonso Gormaz and bred by José Antonio Olivas Agustín; they performed a brilliant test, with the extended trot and pirouettes being outstanding, to earn them an average of 69.852% and a well-deserved fifth place in the ranking.
The second pair was Anthony Pelling riding Napoleón Candau, owned by Yeguada Candau. Representing Australia, they performed a correct test with a good extended trot and excellent series of changes, to earn them an average of 66.127%.
The last PRE pair to enter the arena was Marc Amat riding Armas Zelindo, owned by José Antonio Varona from la Cuadra and bred by Florencio Moreno Muñoz. They performed a very energetic presentation with great length of stride at trot, thus proving a good aptitude for Dressage. Their average was 64.755%.
*Photos: Lily Forado