Dorothee Schneider & Showtime

Schneider and Bouten: Surprise in Munich

Two big surprises happened in the dressage competitions in Munich, one in the Special, one in the Freestyle. On Saturday evening Matthisas Bouten and 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion Söhnlein Brilliant took over the lead by a thin margin. He won with 77,250 percent ahead of Dorothee Schneider with UllrichEquine’s St. Emilion (77,225%). Third place went to Jessica von Bredow-Werndl with 11-year-old KWPN mare Zaire (76,150 percent). Event host Volker Wulff said after the competition: “We once made the mistake to remove the dressage competitions from the programme. We won’t make this mistake again. The atmosphere during the Freestyle and the performances in the arena were extraordinary.” The winner of the competition, grinned and said: “I’m overwhelmed. Söhnlein was super to ride, the atmosphere in the Olympiahalle was indescribable, it was so much fun.”
Overwhelmed – that also perfectly described the winner in the Grand Prix Special. Dorothee Schneider and 9-year-old Sandro Hit son Showtime left the arena with a phenomenal result of 80,294 percent. That really was something, especially since second place winner Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, third in the World Cup Finals, and Unee BB had a considerably lower mark of 76,216 percent. Third place went to Freestyle winner Matthias Bouten with Ehrengold MJ (70,216%). Dorothee Schneider was pleased: “The feeling Showtime gave me today in the arena was indescribable. I’m speechless. I never would have expected such a success.” Considering the result questions concerning the Olympic Games in Rio next year came up: “Concerning the Olympic Games I stay very calm. Of course they are the focus for every professional athlete, but it’s still a long way to go.”