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Dressage at Lingen


Thrilled to be back on stage - Blue Hors Don Schufro (Photo:
Thrilled to be back on stage - Blue Hors Don Schufro (Photo:
Sport and breeding came beautifully together at the international dressagefestival in Lingen, Germany, this weekend when breeding stallions IPS Painted Black and Blue Hors Don Schufro took top rankings on the score boards.

CDI Lingen has become one of Germany’s most prestigious international dressage shows. This weekend dressage celebrities like Isabell Werth, Anky van Grunsven and Andreas Helgstrand were among the numerous topranking riders from around the world competing at Lingen.

The highly decorated breeding stallion Blue Hors Don Schufro tops the German dressage breeding index for the seventh consecutive year. Not only in breeding does the dark chestnut son of Donnerhall take the lead.

In the Grand Prix (qualifying for the freestyle) on Friday afternoon 15 year old Don Schufro had his first outing since Neumünster in February 2007 and proved a full recovery through a very strong come back. With a score of 72,833% Dane Andreas Helgstrand rode the Oldenburg rubber ball to a convincing victory.

In the Freestyle Finale on Saturday night the ultimate master of freestyle Dutch Anky van Grunsven had tuned in for a magical performance with her dance partner IPS Painted Black, an upcoming dressage star.

The extraordinary ride was opening by the tunes of Argentine tango and the KWPN-stallion by Gribaldi put down a solid performance and excelled in almost perfect piaffe. The total score of Anky van Grunsven’s ride reached 80,500%.

Most successful female and male riders of the Lingen Dressagefestival became UK's Laura Bechtolsheimer and Andreas Helgstrand from Denmark.