The defending hero is missing, the favorite is slipping: Dorothy Schneider takes a chance. After a long break for her first horse, she celebrated a special victory in the German Championships.
Dorothy Schneider waved excitedly to the audience. The dressage contestant from Framersheim was delighted with her unexpectedly clear victory at the German Championships at Balve.
The 53-year-old won the special Grand Prix with the Showtime eunuch, who has missed out on an injury since winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Showtime is back,” Schneider commented on the 16-year-old’s comeback. “He’s excited, he wants to dance with me and enjoy things.” The two-time Olympic champion enthused the team: “It was an amazing feeling. It’s hard to put into words.”
Schneider wins her third German title
Schneider took an 83,686 percent for her ride from the jury and celebrated her third German title after successes in 2016 and 2019. Friedrich Wanders of Hagen am Teutopperger Wald took a surprising second place, taking 79.981 percent with the Duke of Britain. Isabell Werth of Rheinberg made several mistakes with Quantaz (78.216), who had to settle for third.
Werth realized a “slight impotence” during her trip. As a result, the record jockey didn’t stand a chance and continued, “I’m upset that we didn’t get the job done at home in terms of training. On the special day show, Kwandaz didn’t really know what I wanted from him.” Defending champion Jessica von Prideaux Werndel (Tunttenhausen), who was expecting her second child, did not start.
In the showjumping category, Catherine Eckermann won the title for the first time. The 32-year-old from Sassenburg won the Cascadillo Boy saddle after three laps and a jump. Eckerman won the decisive round against Britten’s Tina Dewerer with Clueso, who was knocked out. Unlike international tournaments, there is a separate ranking for women in the DM.
There are two more title decisions on Sunday. In dressage, free swimming (11:00 am) is shown in the program. In two more rounds (2.15pm), a new champion jumpers will also be determined. Last year’s winner Tobias Meyer rides the same as the Nations Cup, which was held in Sopot, Poland. (dpa)