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Horse World Masters: Master’s Discipline in Tölt

Today was the T1, the master’s discipline in tölt. This test reveals whether a horse is really on the aids and subtly follows its rider. In the first part slow tölt is shown for one round, followed by transitions to fast tölt on the long sides. In the third task fast tölt is required.

Due to speed and the high level of difficulty the T1 is the audience’s favorite.

stefanieStefanie Wilhelm on Heimir frá Holtsmúla. Photo: Henk Peterse.

Karly Zingsheim was the first on the track this morning. His 12-year-old grey gelding Dagur, which has proven successful in international tournaments for years, looked tired and dull and showed mistakes in fast tölt. Between the tasks, he would hide behind the rider’s hands. With an overall score of 7.90 Zingsheim won’t make it to the finals.

Former World Champion in breeding Victor frá Diisa, ridden by Isabelle Felsum, showed the fast tempo with a stunning forehand motion, earning a total score of 8.27. Victor is a beautiful horse with an excellent, athletic body.

However, the impressively flying front legs distracted the eye from what is happening at the horse’s mouth. The horse was screwed together with a demanding hand, with foam running from the stressed mouth down to its chest.

Strained to the utmost, Victor completed the transitions in the required tempo differences flawlessly, but without lightness. Even in the following fast tempo, there was no moment of yielding of the rider’s hand—not even at the end of the test.

Scores sometimes include a price for the horse.

A beautiful performance rendered the Austrian young rider Stefanie Wilhelm on Heimir frá Holtsmúla. The stallion was close to its young rider in all parts of the test, followed her movements and seemed like a blazing red wave. One would like to see more of these!

Gunnar Hoyos on Ísbjörn frá Vindási performed nicely—the two completed their T1 task in harmony and shined with clean and charismatic riding.

The old master Hinrik Bragason on Smyrill frá Hrísum showed a flawless performance in the highest concentration. Smyrill’s hindquarters could have been more elastic, but transitions were clean and obtained without reins effect, the fast tölt was impressive. The horse never showed any displeasure with its rider by waving its tail.

The second participant of the Icelandic team this morning was Karen Líndal Marteinsdóttir on Týr frá Þverá II. The riding instructor from Hólar showed that riding does not have to be crude. The scores, however, were not good enough.

Here you can see a video of the German favorite Frauke Schenzel on Tigull from Kronshof.

Dagmar Trodler reports for Iceland Review from Berlin.

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