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Shiny Hanoverian Champions Black and yellow sparkle at Verden International

Verden. The horse show „Verden International“ is the perfect setting for Hanover’s best futurity prospects to determine their riding horse, dressage horse and show jumper champions. The stars of tomorrow regularly celebrate their first successes on the premises of the Hannoveraner Verband.

Labbadio (Lissaro x Dancier) presented by  Mike Habermann won the 4yo hanoverian stallion in Verden (photo © LL-FOTO.DE).

Diamond Lady by Dimaggio/Benetton Dream (breeder: Axel Windeler, Verden-Walle), perfectly presented by David Taylor, was nominated Hanoverian Champion of four-year-old mares and geldings. Only one tenth behind finished Dschamilja by Dancier/Lauries Crusador xx (breeder: Rudolf Hagen, Großefehn) and Sascha Böhnke who were rewarded with the silver medal. Third place went to two horses: the Fürstenball/Rotspon-son Fürst Flulidu (breeder: Iris-Maria Berger, Stuttgart), thanks to his rider Sophie Duprée’s masterly performance and Little Hollywood by Livaldon/Wertschatz (b.: Dr. Joachim Adams, Lingen) with rider Saskia Sophia Kunz.

The four-year-old stallions were of stunning quality. The Celle state stud stallion Labbadio by Lissaro/Dancier (breeder: Jan Heimsoth, Wahnebergen) convincingly won the competition. The eagerly moving brown stallion, born less than five kilometres away from the Rider’s Stadium, was presented by Mike Habermann. Premium stallion Quattroporte by Quantensprung/Stedinger (breeder: Burkhard Wahler, Medingen) and Jose Pedro Baptista came in second. Two stallions came third: Vidar by Viscount/Edward (breeder: Wolfgang Meyer, Spenge) and Catja Thomsen and Falihandro by Fürstenball/Dancier (breeder.: Madonna Hedberg, Queensland/Australia) with rider Janine Drissen.

Feingefühl by Fürstenball/Farewell III (breeder: Gaby Heye-Hammerlage, Belm) and Sandra Kötter dominated the division of three-year-old mares and geldings. The Hanoverian premium candidate loves the Verden. She was already nominated Reserve Champion at the Herwart von der Decken-Show last Tuesday. Sarafina by San Amour/Christ (breeder: Walter P. J. Droege, Düsseldorf), presented by Claudia Rüscher, followed at a distance. Third finished Vlow by Vivaldi/For Compliment (breeder: Johannes zur Lage, Bersenbrück) and Anja Mohrahrend zur Lage.

The Don Nobless/Sandro Hit-son Despacito (breeder: Josef and Karl-Heinz Rudde, Ahaus) won the division of three-year-old stallions with outstanding scores for basic gaits and training level. The shiny black youngster was presented by Greta Heemsoth. Fun4ever by Feedback/De Vito (breeder: Gerd Pigge, Lastrup) became Vice Champion. Felix Hilmer rode the half brother of the internationally successful stallion Foundation in Verden. Third place went to two stallions: Dancier Gold by Dancier/Weltmeyer (breeder: Georg Strübing, Vienenburg) with Anna-Sophie Fiebelkorn and Jenson Button by Jazz/His Highness (breeder: ZG Nordhausen and Rayber, Suhlendorf) with Judith Flach.

The last Hanoverian champions at „Verden International“ were determined in the dressage arena. Farewell’s Fritz by Farewell III/Sir Donnerhall (breeder: Manfred Wahmhofft, Wallenhorst) and Carola Koppelmann took a victory lap in the division of five-year-olds. The Vice Championship-title went to Bounty by Benicio/Calypso II (breeder: Hannes Brüning, Ochtmannien) who earned highest scores with the Swedish rider Antonia Öhrstam. The bay horse has developed into a fantastic athlete. The Vice Champion of four-year-old riding horses last year had finished fourth at the 2017 Bundeschampionat. Janine Drissen and privately owned stallion Bob Marley by Bon Bravour/De Niro (breeder: Frank Lage, Dannau) won the bronze medal.

Best Friends by Bordeaux/Don Primero (breeder: Eva and Dr. Ulf Möller, Hagen) won the Final of six-year-olds with Lena Stegemann. The Diamond Hit/Royal Diamond-son Deduschka Moros (breeder: Wiesbadener Jugendwerkstatt GmbH, Wiesbaden) and Lena Waldmann earned the second highest score. Spotlight by Sir Donnerhall/Wolkentanz (breeder: Carsten Müller, Neustadt), highest-priced horse of the 2017 Verden March Auction, completed the top three with Tessa Rank.