The results in the Louisdor Prize in the Frankfurter Festhalle were very close; there definitely could have been two winners. Dorothee Schneider and 10-year-old Bavarian stallion Sammy Davis jr. by San Remo/Wenckstern won with 75,440 percent just ahead of Norwegian Isabel Freese and 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding Sam’s Ass by Samarant/Pink Ass and 75,300 percent. The San Remo son and Schneider provided highlights in the piaffe-passage tour, the Pirouettes were centered, the transitions smooth. But the stallion was not completely relaxed, which could be seen in the walk. “It was the rider’s mastery that made the competition,” so commentator Dr. Dietrich Plewa said. The rider herself said: “He is very ambitious and wants to do everything right. Sometimes he gets above himself but I think he did very well today.”
Isabell Freese and Sam’s Ass performed at a similar level. The Samarant son also was too ambitious, which resulted in a too contracted gallop tour. However: the gelding was always focused and kept the weight on his hindlegs in the pirouettes and the piaffe. Sam’s Ass is a horse with big potential and Freese has been riding the horse for less than a year.
Third place in the final went to British Susan Pape and Hanoverian stallion Harmony’s Don Noblesse by Dancier/Don Davidoff (71,820 percent). The 9-year-old delighted the audience with his unbelievable rhythm but he has still trouble with the changes, which, according to Dr. Dietrich Plewa, can still be amended and should be temporary. In any case he is also a horse with big potential for the Grand Prix sport.