Considering the quality of the horses, this year’s final of the Louisdor Prize in Frankfurt might have been the most promising ever. The quality was visible, but there was an unusual amount of mistakes to be seen. And therefore in the end the one without mistakes triumphed: Blue Hors Veneziano by Vivaldi-Donnerhall. The chestnut Oldenburger stallion, 8 years old, came to Daniel Bachmann Andersen when he was four and was trained by him together with Lars Pedersen. The stallion won the competition with 75,140 percent. Presenter Dietrich Pleva said he had world class potential but had to gain more power in order to have more presence and become more composed.
In the final it was enough to win ahead of former favourite, Benjamin Werndl with Oldenburger gelding Famoso OLD by Farewell II/Welt Hit II. The pair received 74,600 percent. Three judges saw Famoso in first place and the 9-year-old horse showed his talent, but the pair made costly mistakes. There were rhythm problems in two piaffes and tension in the gallop tour. Third place went to Kristina Bröring-Sprehe’s 9-year-old Oldenburger gelding Destiny OLD by Desperados-Sandro Hit and 731,120 percent. In the first piaffe Destiny seemed to have spooked a bit, did not listen to his rider and was still insecure when he came to the second piaffe.
Hubertus Schmidt and Westphalian stallion Escolar by Estobar NRW-Fürst Piccolo, a 9-year-old bay horse, had similar problems in the piaffes and therefore finished fourth (71,940 percent).