German riders accounted for eight of the top 10 CCI4*-S finishers at Poland’s Baborówko Horse Sale Show over the weekend, with Nadine Marzahl topping the leaderboard on Valentine 18. Germany’s Leonie Kuhlmann and Hidalgo 179 led the CCI3*-S from start to finish, and Stephanie Böhe won the CCI2*-S with Ashanti de la Ribiere.
The CCI4*-S was a dynamic competition with lots of scoreboard movement from start to finish — for our international readers, here’s a summary of the action.
On Friday Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA claimed the dressage lead on a score of 24.5, followed by Nadine Marzahl with Vally K on 29.6 and Valentine 18 on 30.1 respectively.
The tides turned on cross country day, across the course designed by Lars Christensson. Yoshiaki picked up 20 on course, dropping down to 24th position, leaving the door open for Nadine to take the lead, which she did with her third-placed horse Valentine 18 thanks to a double-clear cross country round, one of only four in the 31-strong division. Germany’s Sophie Leube with Jadore Moi had just 0.4 time to move from 6th into 2nd, and fellow countryman Dirk Schrade with Dajara 4 had 2.8 time to hop from 4th into 3rd.
Nadine kept the lead through show jumping on Sunday, posting a clear round. Nadine had three horses in the class and finished 5th with Vally K and 18th with Victoria 108. Nadine and Valentine 18, a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare (Valentino x Vienna, by Varus) owned by Martina Paulus and Heike Kikuth, particularly, are a competitive pair who represented Germany as an individual at last month’s FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmühlen — unfortunately, they missed a jump cross country and were thus eliminated, so their win at Baborówk was surely a welcome redemption.
Sophie retained second with Jadore Moi, and another German, Beeke Jankowski, finished third with Tiberius 20.
In addition to the competition, the fourth annual Baborówko Sport Horse Auction took place on Sunday. The catalogue included 19 horses from stables across Poland, 12 of which found new owners. The most expensive horse sold was Little Cartier, a Polish-bred gelding (Cartier II x Landwind II) who was purchased for 95.000 PLN (about 24,000 USD).
“Although we did not break the record this Saturday, we are very pleased with the auction results,” Henryk Święcicki Jr., the director of Baborówko Horse Sale Show, said. “Many horses found new homes in foreign stables. We also received a lot of positive feedback from
the buyers, and we see more and more interest in horses bred and trained in Poland.”
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