In addition to many internationally performing show jumpers, the Foal Auction Prinsjesdag is also represented by good references on the highest level in dressage in recent weeks. For example, First Apple (s.Vivaldi) won several Grand Prix tests. In showjumping, horses such as E’Special PS, Baron, Edinburgh and Thunder G Z provided good advertising.
Nine-year-old Thunder G Z (Tyson x Dutch Capitol, breeder John Geerets) performed well on Spanish soil. In Oliva, he jumped double clear with Mark McAuley to the eighth prize in the 2*-Grand Prix and last weekend the duo finished second in the two-phase 1.45m class at CSI3* Valencia. The KWPN approved stallion Edinburgh (Vleut x Darco, breeders Evert Meijer and Gerard Lindeboom) has found his way with Maikel van der Vleuten. At the CSI5* in Doha this resulted in a second prize in the two-phase 1.45m class, a fourth prize in the 1.45m speed class and a seventh prize in the 1.50m class. In February they had already made a mark by winning the 2*-Grand Prix of Lier. At the CSI3* in Thermal, Karl Cook was the winner in the Table A 1.45m class with E’Special PS (Berlin x Caruso), bred by Peter Simons. In the 3* -Grand Prix (1.50m) of Vilamoura, Roberto Turchetto jumped to the third prize with the double clear jumping Baron (Colman x Numero Uno, breeder Stoeterij ‘t Heemskind). Another notable reference is Feeling Luckey (Bustique x Krunch de Brêve) who finished fourth with Karim Elzoghby in the 1.50m class at CSI5*-W Sharjah and finished sixth in the 1.55m World Cup of Abu Dhabi.
Grand Prix dressage horses
One of the most striking Prinsjesdag references on the highest level in dressage sport is the Vivaldi son First Apple (ds.TCN Partout). Sarah Lockman performs remarkably with the chestnut which was bred by Nico van Maaswaal. In February they won both the International Grand Prix Special at CDI3* Wellington and four (!) National Grand Prix tests at the same competition. They also performed good in the regular Grand Prix during the CDI3*, in which they finished second. Boston STH (Johnson x Quattro B, breeder Jan Temmink) also performed well last month. Under Denise Nekeman the stallion won two eighth prizes. In the Freestyle, the Dutch pair even reached over 77%. At the national competition in Wellington, the now 20-year-old (!) Akribori son MT.Athos (ds.Donnerschlag, breeder Ingrid Blonk) made his debut in Grand Prix dressage. Under Barbara Wendy Denton, he finished sixth and eighth with percentages of around 60 percent.