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First qualification with more 10's

Today the LONGINES FEI/WBFSH Young Horse Championships in Ermelo, the Netherslands has kicked off with the first qualification for 5-year-olds. This class has seen lots af high quality and the first 12 have now qualified for the final

Secret and Jessica Lynn Thomas on their lap of honour.
d. 01-08-2019 - 16:38

The first qualification at the LONGINES FEI/WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championships for Young Horses is over. Today, the five-year-old dressage talents entered the arena and Secret (BAD-W) was awarded the best score by the judges.


Chairman of the judges Adriaan Hamoen: “We are dealing with an extremely strong group here. Six horses scored over 90 percent, that is extraordinary. This means we may expect a thrilling battle amongst the top contenders, since we have seen multiple potential winners. Secret received a very consistent grade list of super scores. Valverde was awarded a 10, for the best walk we have seen today. We also granted a 10 to the fantastic trot of Jovian. The small final will be exciting, too. A number of horses that could not qualify today, certainly have the talent to reach the final.”


Frontrunner Secret, the son of the triple champion Sezuan (ds.St. Moritz), lived up his genetic expectations under the saddle of the Swedish Jessica Lynn Thomas. The stallion received magnificent grades for his basic gaits: trot 9.9, walk 9.5, canter 9.7. The black stallion danced with lots of elasticity and easy through the arena and received an 8.8, for submission and a 9.8 for perspective. Totalling at 9.54, the undisputed leader.


Jessica was happily surprised. “I really did not expect this. I came here not focused on the win. Secret is truly my friend and because he was in high demand for breeding this season, I did not want to put too much pressure on him and just wished to have a nice ride. We had an unusual mistake in our communication, so maybe we can improve our score slightly. Though honestly, I would be very happy to repeat this one!”


Result of the class.