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World Cup: Preliminaries for Four-Gait

The preliminary rounds in four-gait started this morning with walk, trot, canter and tölt in two different speeds. In the preliminaries all qualified participants can be watched while trying to make their way to the World Championships.

kopie_von_victoriaVictoria Stoncius on Tilberi vom Blumencron. Photo: Henk Peterse

However, many of them drop out, because their scores, evaluated by the judging organization FEIF, are below the entering mark for the finals.

Like the Canadian rider Victoria Stoncius, who was only able to start training with her German competition partner Tilberi vom Blumencron a few weeks before the tournament. She managed to sparkle in a harmonious, merry performance, yet without any chance for a medal. “She has so much feeling for horses,” says her mother. “She is so positive, and horses just follow her anywhere.” This was obvious during her ride.

Or the young Swede Mathilda Rolf, who rode the former Icelandic super champion Tumi frá Stóra-Hofi, demonstrating fine gaits and extremely clean transitions. She was one of the few riders, who used her Icelandic curb bit with due respect.

Quite a few young riders (up to 21) showed their horses with respect and feeling this morning, often using an elastic seat and more respectful use of the Icelandic curb bit.

Two years ago, the use of the noseband in combination with this bit was banned from tournaments, so now horses can express their discomfort by opening their mouth.

The 18-year-old stallion Jarl frá Miðkrika, former world champion in four-gait, showed throughout his round how relentlessly the curb bit was used by his rider.

The horse of the Norwegian rider Nils-Christian Larsen lost its shoe during slow tölt, so Larsen decided to abandon the show.

In some cases spectators could observe horses managing a relaxed walk with long reins. The German champion and favorite Frauke Schenzel, riding Tigull vom Kronshof, impressed with the flawlessness of her performance.

kopie_von_unnA merry Unn Kroghen Aðalsteinsson on Hrafndynur frá Hákoti. Photo: Henk Peterse from the Dutch Icelandic Horse Association.

And riders like the Norwegian Unn Kroghen Aðalsteinsson, who competed with a suitable mix of ambition and respect while smiling happily, made spectators forget the hot day.

Horses as well as riders are delivering incredible performance in Berlin, in spite of temperatures having reached 30°C (86°F). Nevertheless, horses have to be carefully warmed up and riders must wear the suitable clothing.


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