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Fri, 08/09/2013 - 21:01

Laura Stigler and the Hanoverian gelding Doubleyou W aced the 6-year old preliminary test at the 2013 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden, Germany, on Friday morning 9 August 2013. Germany dominated the ranking of the class with no less than six of their horses in the top ten and three of them taking the so called podium places.

There was much more "restraint" in the scoring today as judging panellists Sandy Phillips, Isabelle Judet, Jacques van Daele and Linda Zang sorted out the ranking of the horses with a more realistic grasp on the points. Strong harmonious riding fortunately also had the upper hand over articifial flash and extravagance in the 6-year old division. While Stigler and Doubleyou W were today's winners with a 9.28 total score, second placed Sa Coeur and third placed Damon's Delorange were on the pair's heels with their 9.14 and 9.12 score and anything is still possible in the Finals on Sunday.

Laura rode a very clean and meticulous test aboard German former pony team medal winning Lena Charlotte Walterscheidt's Doubleyou W (by Don Romantic x Rohdiamant). The trot was cadanced and the horse kept the smooth rhythm in the lateral movements as well. The medium trot was very controlled in tempo, but not ridden the entire diagonal, the extended trot was excellent. The halt for rein back wasn't square but the rein back itself went well. The walk tour was lovely. In canter the bright bay gelding makes very big strides but overall he could be more on the hindleg. The extensions were good and the changes successful. Stigler received a 9.4 for trot, 9.0 for walk, 9.8 for canter, 8.8 for submission and 9.4 for general impression to average 9.28.

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