Isabel Freese & Vitalis

A “Dream Horse”, Who Always Is in a Good Mood Won the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal

This year the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal celebrated its 25th anniversary. And – as everyone agreed- the quality of the performances in the final was better than ever. All finalists reached a result of more than 70 percent. The horse who won the competition was even close to 80 percent. Vitalis by Vivaldi/D-Day, a 9-year-old KWPN stallion and his Norwegian rider Isabel Freese won with a result of 79,220 percent. The rider is from the Schockemöhle stable and the horse is owned by Paul Schockemöhle. Isabel Freese could not stop smiling: ” It is simply amazing! I am completely baffled.” The dark chestnut horse, a beautiful stallion, is a dream horse, so his rider said: “He always does everything well or at least tries to. He fights, he works hard and he is always in a good mood.” Next year they want to take it one step further, to the Lousidor prize. Since his breeding career is Vitalis’ first and foremost responsibility Freese is happy about the fact that she has the opportunity to further develop the horse.
The horse that finished the final with 11 participants in second place is also mainly concerned with his breeding career: Franziskus, an 8-year-old Hanoverian stallion by Fidertanz/Alabaster, owned by Wilhelm Holkenbrink and his rider Ingrid Klimke reached 77,634 percent. The horse came to the rider from Münster when he was five years old. Klimke said it was her and the owner’s big wish to take the stallion to the big sport. But who knows the horse also knows that he is not always the most easy horse to ride. “With him there is only a fine line between genius and insanity,” so Klimke said. “He is a macho who knows what he wants.” At least he showed in the Festhalle what he can do.
Third place also went to Ingrid Klimke, but this time with Rhinelander mare Geraldine by Fürst Grandios/Tolstoi. The 8-year-old mare finished with 76,951 percent, while the audience saw her in first place. “With her it took us a little bit longer to see her potential,” so Klimke said. “she was very shy, but we always believed in her.”