After the first Grand Prix day at the EC in Gothenburg Germany is in first and second place. “Great,” was Monica Theodorescu’s conclusion “It couldn’t have been better.” Perhaps a bit unexpected Helen Langehanenberg was able to decide the German duel. Her 74,986 percent performance with Damsey FRH brought her ahead of Dorothee Schneider with 11-year-old Bavarian gelding Sammy Davis Jr by San Remo-Wenckstern, who currently are ranked second with 74,586 percent. Danish Anna Zibrandtsen with KWPN stallion Arlando by Paddox-Mytens xx is currently ranked third even though she took over his ride just this year. Previously the horse was ridden by Dutch Diedrik van Silfhout.
Dorothee Schneider and 11-year-old Sammy Davis Jr. were able to improve their performance in comparison with Aachen. “He carried himself better, and that’s what we trained,” Theodorescu said. “The pirouettes were more stable, but a big bigger. All in all it was a very good round.” “Doro” herself also was content: “My Grand-Prix-Baby, that’s what I call him since he went his first Grand Prix ever in September and in March the first international one. He has never seen such an arena. The half-pass to the left could have been more fluent and the transitions from walk to passage were costly but my feeling is that he has matured since Aachen. Of course some things could have been better, but all in all it was a positive performance.”
Monica Theodorescu added: “We do not have four pairs that can achieve more than 80 percent every year. That’s just how it is. That we still have these results after two losses makes me extremely happy.”