World Dressage Masters Guide 2016


By Equine MERC






World Dressage Masters Guide


08 WDM event overview

17 Foreword VIAN Group

19 Petrie

22 WDM NextGen

28 WDM Promotional

34 China’s Heilan Equestrian Club

38 Wall of fame

41 Auction4Good

44 WDM Prize money ranking

48 Benjamin & Jessica

54 Silvia Rizzo

58 Global Dressage Analytics

64 Tommie Visser

67 Jiva Hill Resort

70 Katrina Wüst

72 Christine Stibi

76 Iris & Diana Porsche

P 19-21

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P 64-65

Tommie and Vingino are back! The Grand

Prix rider tells about their journey back to

the top of dressage.

P 48-51

Benjamin Werndl is the brother and trainer

of Jessica von Bredow-Werndl. He explains

about their unique cooperation.

P 72-73

Christine Stibi builds bridges between the

Middle-East and Europe. How does she do

that and what is her drive?




Dear dressage friends

We have the honor and the pleasure to present to you the

2016 WDM Guide. WDM goes into its ninth consecutive

season, an Olympic season, where many of the world’s elite

riders will focus on the 2016 Rio Games. Main reason why the first

WDM show in Lier (Belgium) will be a very exciting one. WDM Lier

is one of the last shows to qualify for the Olympics. So pay attention.

WDM will again guarantee top dressage shows together

with its show organisers. This goes for the riders but also for

their grooms, visitors, media and sponsors. Talking about

which, a special thank you goes to VIAN GROUP, that for

the second year in a row will be the title sponsor of WDM.

Without their support it would be impossible to stage WDM.

In WDM’s mission statement it says that innovation and cooperation

are key for a sustainable future of dressage. Since 2008 WDM has

‘Rethought Dressage’ in line with the current recommendations

of the IOC. We sincerely hope that our efforts will contribute

to maintain the Olympic status of our sport in many years to

come. One of our innovation endeavours is WDM’s cooperation

with Global Dressage Analytics. WDM together with dr. David

Stickland and his fellow shareholder Akiko Yamazaki truly believe

in the use of data in our sport. The Dutch KNHS is one of the

early adopters of GDA’s services. In our Guide you can read why.

At the start of WDM in 2008, the prize money gap between show

jumping and dressage was ever growing. Prize money is important

to every professional rider. That is why we have published the WDM

Prize Money Ranking for riders and horses in this year’s guide.

Contributing to a further internationalisation of dressage is of

the utmost importance to WDM. We have found some interesting

developments in so called emerging regions and countries, like

Indonesia, China, South-Africa and the Middle-East. They all have

a long way to go but maybe, just maybe, WDM can help to speed

up the process.

‘Rethink Dressage’ is also about ethics and horsemanship. These are

subjects that are well addressed by Dressage4Good Foundation that

was founded by WDM to spearpoint non-commercial issues that

are important for our sport. We invite you to consider becoming a

member of D4G Foundation and contribute to their work not only

through your membership but also with your suggestions to improve

the attractiveness and the accessibility of dressage.

We hope you will enjoy our 2016 Guide and the WDM shows, and

of course the Rio Olympics this Summer. May the best rider win.

John van de Laar & Camil Smeulders



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Explanation WDM Events


WDM is built on innovation and co-operation. The dressage

stakeholders working together to secure a sustainable future for

their sport. High ethical standards captured in a code of conduct to

secure the welfare of the horse. Within a framework of excellence

WDM features 5* riders, horses and judges at some of the world’s

best shows.

In 2010 WDM initiated the WDM Youth Challenge together with

the Jiva Hill resort. Staging an U25 class with a tailored sports

format at WDM shows guarantees perfect conditions for young GP

riders. Because it was so successful, WDM has decided to create

a fast lane for talented young dressage riders within the WDM

framework by gradually adding junior and young rider classes.

promotional show

Internationalisation of dressage is a cornerstone of the WDM

philosophy. More and more nations are welcomed to our sport. To

connect to these emerging nations WDM will support upcoming

shows with its expertise and sponsorships.

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3 - 6 March 2016

Lier - Belgium

AzelHof Horse Events guarantees wonderful equestrian sport. The AzelHof

arena is located between Antwerpen and Brussels. Along with an outstanding

competition arena, there are stands, a VIP hospitality area and excellent

conditions for riders. Come and visit our competition and have a good time!





5 - 8 May 2016

Prangins - Switzerland

Following the success of our very first WDM NextGen competition Under 25 in

2015, Ecurie Ted Jonker is proud to be hosting the second edition. To complete

this exciting dressage weekend, national classes at all levels including a Freestyle

Cup competition, will be held. The scenery of mountains and lakeside provides

a unique setting in a fun and friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy!





13 - 16 May 2016

Wiesbaden - Germany


The International Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier is not only a top class show with

many equestrian disciplines in front of the magnificent Castle of Biebrich. The

Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier is a long-running tradition and for its many guests it

is a very special kind of feeling. In 2016 it celebrates its première with the WDM

and at the same time the 80th (!) birthday of the show.




8 - 11 December 2016

Geneva - Switzerland

Dressage is making its comeback to the 56 th edition of Concours Hippique

International (CHI) de Genève after having been away for 15 years. The CHI

Geneva will this year integrate the World Dressage Masters. The show will

host three competitions: a Grand Prix, qualifier for all participants, a Grand Prix

Special and a Freestyle to Music, the apotheosis of all dressage competitions.





26 - 30 December 2016

Mechelen - Belgium

Jumping Mechelen will host their 36th edition in December. They always attract

an incredibly enthusiastic crowd. The edition in 2015 was a spectacular one:

Patrik Kittel and Delaunay won the VIAN Group WDM Freestyle to Music. This

confirmed the value of the World Dressage Masters that will be part of Jumping

Mechelen for the fourth consecutive time in December 2016.





Our goal is to implement high level

global events in order to develop

dressage on an international scale.

We organise events both in Ukraine

and abroad.

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Dressage performed by real masters is an amazing show

that touches feelings of everyone, both professionals

and the audience. Unfortunately, there are few of

events where the world’s best riders compete together.World

Dressage Masters is a circuit of 5 star events, which are of

the highest level. Having made our feasible contribution to

organising shows of such level, we hope that more and more

competitions will take place in the world. In this way, top riders

will meet and please the audience with their performances.

Moreover, World Dressage Masters holds dressage events

for young riders in the U25 category and encourages young

ambitious organising committees to make their first steps to

organise competitions in the whole world. All these events

help dressage to gain popularity worldwide. We really hope

that our part in this project will be beneficial for everyone who

loves this discipline and wants to see its future development.

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WDM NextGen offers

future stars a podium

In 2010 WDM initiated the WDM Youth Challenge, the predecessor

of WDM NextGen, together with the Jiva Hill Resort owned by the

Lundin Family. Staging an U25 class with a tailored sports format at

a selection of WDM shows gave young Grand Prix riders a chance to

compete under perfect conditions. At shows where the top seniors

compete the future stars of our sport needed a podium.

In 2015 NextGen became part of

the Dressage4Good Foundation

which was initiated by World Dressage

Masters (WDM) together with several

dressage stakeholders and dressage

families. One of WDM´s missions is to

develop new stars. Not an easy mission

but we like to believe that over the last

8 years WDM has become synonymous

for positive and open innovation.

To build a strong foundation under

the future of dressage WDM started

the Dressage4Good Foundation that

works on numerous not for profit

projects like youth development,

research, knowledge transfer and


Through the years several NextGen

participants successfully made the

switch to the seniors. Good examples

are Danielle Heijkoop, Jessica von

Bredow-Werndl and Jorinde Verwimp

who competed in the NextGen classes

and had the chance to gain experience

at a 5* setting to prepare themselves for

the Big Tour.

Because riders loved it and the first

results were there, WDM has decided

to create a fast lane for talented young

dressage riders within the WDM sports

framework by gradually adding junior

and young rider classes to the program.

This is why the WDM Youth Challenge

was rebranded to WDM NextGen.








1How did you start your equestrian career?

I started as a baby so to say. My dad always took me with

him on his horses. I rode just for fun until I was 10 years

old. After that I started competing at some small regional

shows and when I was 11 years old I went competing at FEI

level with my pony Tonkawa. That was the moment that I

knew I wanted to become a professional dressage rider.

Jorinde Verwimp



2When and where did you compete for the first time in

a WDM NextGen competition and what was the result?

I rode my first WDM NextGen U25 competition in

Mechelen in 2014 and I won both tests, the Intermediate

II and Grand Prix, with 73% and 75%. It was a great

experience for me and my horse Tiamo to compete at such a

big show.


Why are WDM NextGen competitions important to


I think it’s great that they also organised the U25 classes

because I gained a lot of experience at these high level and

super nice shows. There are not so many big shows for

dressage riders U25. It also made the transition to the real

Grand Prix easier for me.


Wat is your goal for the future?

My goal is trying to qualify for this year’s Olympic

Games in Rio de Janeiro. We are pretty close to an

individual starting place but we still need to show some more

good results at the last few qualifying events, one of them will

be WDM Lier in Belgium.

Date of birth: November 10 th 1994

Place of residence: Wiekevorst, Belgium

Education: Athletics Sports College

Trainer: Anky van Grunsven & Sjef Janssen

Horse: Tiamo (Lester x Hemmingway)




1How did you start your equestrian career?

I started my equestrian career, as so many others, at the

local riding school. When I was six years old my father

bought me my first own pony, a 21-year-old pony called

Ronald. He was really big, 1.56m and I couldn’t even saddle

him on my own. He had competed at Z-level and had a

very good character, he taught me a lot. After a while it was

obvious that Ronald was getting old so my parents gave me

the sensitive three-year-old Soleil. I trained her up to Z-level

through my own blood, sweat and tears. Next was EventZ

Armani, a young Welsh stallion and a dream. We became

National Champion three times. At age 15 we started to look

for a horse and found EventZ Zamacho Z, aka Macho, in

a nearby village. A three-year-old stallion who had covered

some mares and was just saddle-broken. He was a bit crazy

and in the beginning, for instance, he just did not understand

that he had to go straight after a volte. He is now 12-yearsold

and I am 22. We are on the U25 shortlist and successful

in Grand Prix for seniors. It has not been easy, Macho is very

sensitive, but he is my ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ horse and I would

not change him for anything in the world.


Jill Huybregts

Date of birth: July 31st 1993

Place of residence: Drunen, The Netherlands

Education: Fontys College Child and Education

Trainer: Karin Retera

Horse: EventZ Zamacho Z (Rousseau x Ros)

2When and where did you compete for the first time in

a WDM NextGen competition and what was the result?

The first time I competed in a WDM NextGen class was

in Munich at the big equestrian event “Pferd International”

in 2015. I felt honoured that I was allowed to be at such a big

show. I competed for a relatively short time in the U25. The

WDM in Munich went beyond my wildest dream, I won all

three WDM NextGen classes with Zamacho with great scores

and super prizes!


Why are WDM NextGen competitions important to


The WDM NexGen competitions are important to me

because these classes give young Grand Prix riders the chance

to gain experience at Grand Prix level in a 5 star entourage.


Wat is your goal for the future?

My goal for the future is to keep developing myself and

Zamacho at Grand Prix level as well as possible and to

seize a spot on the senior shortlist.



1How did you start your equestrian career?

I grew up on a farm and I always had horses around me.

When I was five my father bought me my first own pony

called Lady. With her I rode just for fun until I was 12-yearsold.

After that I got a 13-year-old dressage pony named

Quatro. With him I competed in some national M-Level

events since 2012. By the end of 2012 I began training with

Dieter Laugks. He found the horse Florencia and from this

point forward everything went very quickly. Since then I

have competed three times at the European Championships

for juniors and Young Riders. We bought my U25 horse Di

Sandro in December 2014 and not even half a year later I

won my first NextGen Grand Prix! Di Sandro is a very special

horse; he forces me to be 100 % concentrated. When I am

completely focused he gives everything. I would not change

him for anything in the world.

2When and where did you compete for the first time in

a WDM NextGen competition and what was the result?

I rode my first WDM NextGen U25 competition in

Vidauban in 2015, where I won two silver medals. My dream

show was the WDM NextGen U25 show in Prangins. I won

all three: the Intermediaire II, the U25 Grand Prix and the

Freestyle with nearly 75%. I was very proud of my horse

because this was our third international show together.


Why are WDM NextGen competitions important to


The WDM NextGen competitions are important for me

because they give me the chance to get experience at this high

level and that makes the transition to real Grand Prix easier.

Date of birth: March 3rd 1996

Place of residence: Salzburg, Austria

Education: High school

Trainer: Dieter Laugks

Horse: Di Sandro (De Niro x Sandro)

Diana Porsche


Wat is your goal for the future?

My goal for the future is to qualify for the U25

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For Europe may be the cradle of dressage,

but this doesn’t mean dressage is not

enjoyed in other parts of the world as

well. The popularity of the sport is still

increasing and has been picked up by

several dressage-minded pioneers on

various continents. WDM spoke with three

local insiders on how dressage is evolving

in their part of the world.







Mohammad Hossein Golhassani

WDM Asia representative

questrian sports are rapidly developing in the Asian

“Eregion. There are good sponsors, riders and facilities.

Now, the biggest problems are the level of education and the

lack of experience at international level. In the WDM we

would like to put more emphasis on the competitions, and the

educational and training programs so the Asian countries are

capable of reaching a higher level in the sport.





In the Asian regions the level of dressage still leaves room for

improvement. The average level would be Prix St George,

although a few riders have already accomplished a higher level.

The lack of competitions and also the fact that there are limited

coaches available made us decide to try to improve these weak


The horses used for dressage are of various backgrounds. Of

course the German, Dutch and Belgian warmbloods are much

used, but also regional breeds like the Arabian, Turkoman and

Kaspian horse can be found at competitions.

The level of dressage in Europe and America is still of a much

higher level than anywhere else in the world. If we could

increase the level of education and knowledge in our part of

the world and organise more competitions the level of dressage

in Asia would increase and therefore the sport of dressage

become more internationally orientated.








Hartanto Sutardja



bout ten years ago we got involved in the horse world.

“AMy son (picture right), who is now fourteen, developed

a love for horses and thus we started looking for suitable horses

for him in Europe. The equestrian sport is still considered an

elite sport. Especially dressage is still only practiced on a very

small scale. To promote the equestrian sport in Indonesia I

sponsor one of the biggest horse shows.

We use horses from Europe, because in Indonesia we only have

native pony breeds and thoroughbreds from the racetracks. We

have no breeding of any name yet. My son’s horse is the only

approved stallion in the country and we still lack mares. At

the moment we don’ t have any Grand Prix riders yet. My son

now competes at Prix St George level and a few older riders

compete at Inter I level. Our aim is to have an Indonesian

dressage team participating at the Asian Games which will be

held in Indonesia in 2018.

At the moment it is possible to receive tuition on a regular

basis, since a Portuguese horse-minded family moved over to

Indonesia. Still one Indonesian rider has decided to remain in

Germany to train until the Asian Games.

Hay is imported from Australia. We have a local vet and farriers

with common knowledge The farriers and veterinary specialist

come once every three months from Portugal. My family is

crazy about horses, otherwise we would not go to this length.




ressage is still developing in South Africa. A few

“Dyears ago Prix St George was top of the bill, now

we have around ten people who compete at Grand Prix

level and around 40 Small Tour combinations. For us,

that’s a lot! The dressage scene erupted many years ago.

Then we only had thoroughbreds from the racetrack

and it was impossible to ride Grand Prix with them.

Then German people moved over to South Africa and

they brought their own horses with them. That really

opened our eyes!

Nowadays, the horses we use for dressage are mostly

imported from the Netherlands and Germany.

There are still not many breeders of sport horses

here. To increase our level and knowledge of the

sport, development courses are organised where

FEI judges and dressage coaches fly in to offer

tuition, through this our local coaches are becoming

experienced in the correct way of going in dressage.

What makes it difficult for South African riders to

connect with the world’s dressage top is the fact that it

is extremely expensive to export your horse. Due to the

African Horse Sickness, all horses meant for export must

be quarantined for a very lengthy amount of time. This

makes competing abroad almost impossible.


As a result some South African riders have decided

that they’d rather purchase and stable their horses

permanently in Europe so they themselves can be based

in, or fly to Europe every month to compete. At the

moment South Africa failed to qualify for the Olympics

as team, but we do have an individual spot and we are

still trying to obtain a second one.

South Africa

Ingeborg Sanne

Dressage rider, coach








In Jiangyin, a two-and-a-half hour drive south east of

Shanghai, the Heilan Equestrian Club offers its visitors a

unique equestrian experience. Every weekend the audience

is presented an exceptional show which is best described

as a mix of equestrian cultures of China and Europe. Behind

the scenes several foreign trainers share their knowledge

to constantly improve the Chinese riders.



China’s biggest international centre of sport and leisure


Multiple Olympic dressage rider Imke

Schellekens-Bartels has close ties to the

Heilan Equestrian Club in China.


Dutch international dressage rider Imke

Schellekens-Bartels has close ties to the

Heilan equestrians. “A few years ago

I was introduced to the Heilan crew

by Dutch vet Joop Loomans who has

an equestrian clinic at Heilan”, Imke explains. In the

first few years of the contact Imke went to the Chinese

equestrian centre up to four times a year to coach the

Heilan riders. “Now instructors related to our Academy

permanently reside in Heilan. My family and I now

visit Heilan for special congresses through which people

can expand their knowledge on all things equestrian.”

For those who have never been there it is almost

impossible to grasp the extensiveness of the premises.

“There are several indoor and outdoor arenas and there

is an eventing course”, Imke explains. “Furthermore

there are several hotels, from three to five stars, on the

compound and a private horse clinic which is led by Joop


For more information and European suppliers please check

Loomans.” The most recent addition to the Heilan complex

is a real life horse museum for which 60 horses and ponies

of different breeds were collected from all over the world.

The Heilan Equestrian Centre offers work to 400 people.

“There are 150 riders, both male and female”, Imke tells

us. “Every Saturday evening a show is held in the big indoor

arena which is an enlarged copy of the Spanish Riding

School of Vienna.” The spectators are offered a show which

combines a Frisian-Andalusian carousel, ridden entirely by

the lady riders, with impressive horse stunts performed by

the male riders. “Around 300 horses are stabled at Heilan”,

Imke continues. “60 Frisians, 60 Andalusians and 40 chestnut

riding horses, most of them of Hanovarian breeding. The

riding horses are only ridden by the men and it is our aim

to improve their riding.” The men, in turn, teach the ladies.



Heilan is owned by Zhou Jianping, a successful Chinese

businessman who uses the equestrian centre as a place to

receive his customers and as his hobby. With the Heilan

Equestrian Centre he wants to contribute to China’s

equestrian history. “The ultimate goal is to participate

at the Asian Games with a dressage and eventing team”,

Imke says. “The average level is now Prix St George,

but these riders lack experience and therefore still

benefit from guidance at, for example, competitions.”

To gain more experience the Chinese riders also frequently

visit the Netherlands to train at eventing rider Martin Lips’

yard. From there they also compete at eventing competitions.

Imke is positive about what has already been accomplished

in the last few years. “You should bear in mind that the

Chinese culture is very different from ours. They find it hard

to make mistakes, but you can’t learn to ride properly without

making them! Slowly but steadily they’ve learned to accept

that and it has made coaching them so much more fruitful!”





Morgan Barbançon Mestre

Diederik van Silfhout

Inna Logutenkova

Valentina Truppa


H.P. Minderhoud, T. Visser, I. Logentuova

Patrik Kittel




Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, Kristina Sprehe, Steffen Peters

Inna Logutenkova

Kristina Sprehe

Morgan Barbançon Mestre

D. Porsche, C. Ulla Calvignac Salzgeber & P. Afanasieva

Terhi Stegards, Patrik Kittel & Tommie Visser


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Auction4Good is an auction that guarantees a strong collection of young, talented dressage

horses. One of the unique characteristics of this auction is that it was held in combination

with the World Dressage Masters in Roosendaal in December 2015.

It is not without reason that the World Dressage Masters is chosen as

a platform for the dressage auction Auction4Good. One could consider

a prominent equestrian competition and an auction of young, talented

dressage horses to be a golden opportunity. The competitors, as well

as the World Dressage Masters’ public, are known to be true dressage

fans. As a result the right public is in the right place and that makes the

World Dressage Masters the perfect platform for an auction of talented

dressage horses. That is also reflected in the worldwide interest that was

shown in countries from Canada to China. This interest is not unjustified, the

dressage horses that are included in the collection are chosen with much

expertise. Head of the selection committee Cors den Engelsen Heemskerk

about the collection: “The horses have to match up to the level of the World




Dressage Masters otherwise there is no point in organising an auction

here. The strength of our auction is the transparency between vendor

and purchaser. All horses are radiologically approved and have the

potential to reach the top.”

The idea behind the auction is to organise an evening where people

have the opportunity to buy or sell quality dressage horses in a beautiful

setting and where nobody lacks anything. In order to guarantee quality,

many experts contribute to the auction. Examples include auctioneer

Dirk Zagens, and Grand Prix rider Laurens van Lieren who provides the

commentary for the evening. As well as promising young horses, such as

offspring from the stallions Charmeur and Lord Leatherdale for example,

“They have the potential

to reach the top!”

the collection of the 2015 première included an 11-year-old black Grand

Prix stallion. The talented Edison, a son of Glock’s Johnson TN who is

performing superbly under Hans Peter Minderhoud, changed owner for

the tidy sum of €82.000,-. The average sales price per horse/pony was

€42.781,25,-. Cors: “There is always room for improvement but we are

very satisfied with the quality of the auction. We can speak of a very

successful first edition and are already looking forward to the next one.”

That the World Dressage Masters is an ideal platform for Auction4Good

is reflected in the sale of the 4-year-old pony stallion Amalia’s Claus. This

beautiful pony was sold to an ambitious Swedish pony rider. She was

there with her parents because she was competing in the international

pony classes of the World Dressage Masters in Roosendaal. A perfect

combination of the right location and the right horses in the right






As the name suggests, Auction4Good supports a charity.

One percent of the total proceeds was donated to

Sportfonds ParaPaard, a fund that supports riding schools

and foundations that enable people with a handicap to

ride horses. Sportfonds ParaPaard’s Marielle Wiegmans

was presented with a generous cheque at the end of the

evening. Marielle Wiegmans: “This generous sum of

money enables us to help a large number of organisations

and clubs that are committed to recreational riding for the

less able-bodied. It was definitely a successful evening!”





In it to win it!


In 2008 the World Dressage Masters was launched to promote, professionalise and support the dressage sport

world-wide. One of the spearheads was to improve the prize money for dressage competitions which was very

low compared to show jumping competitions. After 31 shows in eight years WDM has distributed an enormous

amount between 3 and 4 million Euros in prize money. In total over 270 riders from 26 nations competed in the

WDM events in the past eight years.

What does the ranking of best-earning

riders in WDM look like? We have

aggregated all winnings of all the WDM

shows and found that it is Sweden’s

Patrik Kittel, who leads the chart. He

won a dazzling € 218.563 including the

Nürnberger Versicherungen Best of 4

Bonus of € 25,000, which he won in

2015. Patrik Kittel made his WDM debut

in Falsterbo in 2010 with Kohlpharmas

Florett As. In 2011 he won both the

Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle in

Falsterbo with Watermill Scandic. He

won the Grand Prix Freestyle in Falsterbo

in 2012 and in Vidauban in 2014, both

with Scandic and in Falsterbo he saddled

Deja and won both the Grand Prix and

the Grand Prix Freestyle. Last December

he won the Grand Prix Freestyle with

his new talented young horse Delaunay.

Number two in the rankings is another

Swedish rider, Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven,

who received a total of € 199.058. She


Rider (2008-2015) Country Prize money

1 Patrik Kittel * SWE € 218.563,-

2 Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven ** SWE € 199.058,-

3 Anky van Grunsven NED € 118.550,-

4 Isabell Werth GER € 112.880,-

5 Ulla Salzgeber * GER € 111.000,-

6 Adelinde Cornelissen NED € 98.600,-

7 Anja Plönzke * GER € 96.637,-

8 Steffen Peters USA € 88.582,-

9 Valentina Truppa ITA € 84.787,-

10 Edward Gal * NED € 83.470,-

11 Patrick van der Meer NED € 55.516,-

12 Michal Rapcewics POL € 45.506,-

13 Victoria Max-Theurer AUT € 44.915,-

14 Ashley Holzer CAN € 43.770,-

15 Tommie Visser NED € 43.100,-

16 Nadine Capellmann GER € 40.800,-

17 Jeroen Devroe BEL € 39.556,-

18 Hans Peter Minderhoud NED € 37.280,-

19 Helen Langehanenberg GER € 35.600,-

20 Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein DEN € 34.000,-

21 Minna Telde SWE € 33.800,-

22 Carl Hester GBR € 32.800,-

23 Kyra Kyrklund FIN € 29.850,-

24 Danielle Heijkoop NED € 28.700,-

25 Catherine Haddad-Staller USA € 26.947,-

* inclusive winning the Nürnberger Versicherungen Best of Four competition bonus

** inclusive winning the Nürnberger Versicherungen Best of Four competition bonus twice




won the Nürnberger Versicherungen

Best of 4 Bonus of € 25,000 twice. She

competed with two horses over the years:

Don Aurelio and Favourit. In 2013 she won

in Palm Beach and Falsterbo and in 2014

she won first prize in Munich. In third

place we find multiple Olympic, World and

European Champion Anky van Grunsven

of The Netherlands. She competed with

Painted Black and Salinero and won a total

of € 118.550. She won in 2008 (Painted

Black) and 2009 (Salinero) in Cannes and

in 2010 in Palm Beach with Salinero.


Patrik Kittel’s Watermill Scandic HBC

is heading the ranking of the horses.

The approved KWPN stallion earned €

138,903 for his rider and co-owner Jan-

Willem Greve. Jerich Parzival of Adelinde

Cornelissen is ranked second with € 98,600

followed by Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven’s

Don Aurielo with € 94,600.

WDM is on the right track and will keep

improving and innovating the dressage

sport. It is important to expand the number

of shows and partners to develop the

beautiful sport of dressage. WDM and its

partners will invest their knowledge and

experience in the future.

Horse (2008-2015) Rider Prize money

1 Watermill Scandic HBC Patrik Kittel €138.903,-

2 Jerich Parzival Adelinde Cornelissen € 98.600,-

3 Don Auriello Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven € 94.108,-

4 Le Mont d’Or Anja Plönzke € 71.637,-

5 Herzruf’s Erbe Ulla Salzgeber € 68.300,-

6 Eremo del Castegno Valentina Truppa € 62.737,-

7 Ravel Steffen Peters € 62.700,-

8 IPS Painted Black Anky van Grunsven € 60.350,-

9 Salinero Anky van Grunsven € 58.200,-

10 Favourit Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven € 54.950,-

11 Randon Michal Rapcewics € 44.906,-

12 El Santo Isabell Werth € 44.700,-

13 Pop Art Ashley Holzer € 43.770,-

14 Hippique’s Vingino Tommie Visser € 42.800,-

15 Moorlands Totilas Edward Gal € 39.600,-

16 Augustin Victoria Max-Theurer € 36.700,-

17 Damon Hill NRW Helen Langehanenberg € 35.600,-

18 Satchmo Isabell Werth € 31.780,-

19 Max Kyra Kyrklund € 29.850,-

20 Uzzo Patrick van der Meer € 29.466,-

21 Kingsley Siro Danielle Heijkoop € 28.700,-

22 Digby Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein € 26.800,-

23 Zippo Patrick van der Meer € 26.050,-

24 Legolas 92 Steffen Peters € 25.882,-

25 Fabriano Renate Vogelsang € 23.650,-





The perfect team



The past few years Jessica von Bredow-

Werndl changed, almost overnight, from

Germany’s up-and-coming star to a fixed asset

in the nations team at multiple championships.

At last year’s European Championships for

example, her performance contributed to

the German team bronze. As always success

never stands on its own, and Jessica’s is not an

exception. A special role is played by her older

brother Benjamin whom WDM talked with at

Jumping Amsterdam.

we don’t come from a horsey

background”, Benjamin Werndl starts,


“An aunt bred ponies and that’s how we

became involved with horses. To be honest I was the

success-loving child and actually preferred football and

skiing to horses whereas Jessica was the pony-mad girl.

And I guess I just got used to them!”

Benjamin and Jessica were both successful with ponies

and, later on, with horses. “We were four times together in

the same team for the European Championships for Young

Riders”, Benjamin recalls. In 2005 Jessica and Benjamin

even took home the individual gold and silver medals.

“Obviously, Jessica won”, Benjamin laughs, “But of course



I behaved like a perfect gentleman!” Nowadays Benjamin

still competes himself. “But I also like coaching people”,

he says, “I feel comfortable on the side lines. And I know

it is dangerous to compare yourself with your extremely

successful sister. Jessie and I, we work as a team. Her

success is also my success: if she wins I win as well.”


“At the moment it’s Jessica’s turn in the limelight”, he

continues, “I’m also a good sportsman and I know I have

the abilities to perform at top level. But I have to wait for

my time to come. I have to be patient until that one good

horse comes along.”

About fifty percent of the horses at Aubenhausen are

owned by the Werndl family, the other half belong to

various owners all of with whom they have very beneficial

relationships. One owner has had a very special role in the

success the Werndl family has enjoyed the past few years.

In 2012 Swiss O-judge Beatrice Bürchler-Keller entrusted

her horse Unee BB to Jessica’ s hands, then still a young

rider. “She is very important to us”, says Benjamin. “We’ve

known her for a very long time and she had confidence

in our abilities. Now we have about ten of her horses in


The average working day at Aubenhausen starts early in

the morning with personal exercise. “A few times a week

Jessie and I run a few kilometres to stay fit. After breakfast

we ride five to eight horses each. In the afternoon we take

some time off to go hiking. Then it is time for the horses

to be turned out. We think it’ s important that horses leave




their stable a few times a day. It’ s just not good to lock them up for 22 hours

a day.” Aubenhausen has forty loose boxes. “And thus forty meadows for the

horses to enjoy some free time”, Benjamin says, “They are taken out all year

round, except when the ground is frozen.”

Each competition horse is trained four to five times a week. “Our philosophy

is that high performance is not always training at a high level. We think it

is important to create a relationship with a horse. They are more than just

sport partners”, Benjamin explains. “We have been lucky to have had some

very good trainers, like Stefan Münch, Klaus Balkenholl and Isabell Werth and

nowadays we work together with our main coach Jonny Hilberath and for

piaffe-passage work with Andreas Hausberger of the Spanish Riding School.”

As a brother and sister living and working on the same premises, Benjamin and

Jessica of course often train their horses together. “It’s not that we constantly

keep an eye on each other’s riding”, Benjamin says, “At our level you do need

your own space to develop your own philosophy.”

They do differ in their approach, Benjamin acknowledges. “I’m more of a

thinker, whereas Jessie acts more out of her feeling. I can explain the theory;

Jessie is the genius. I can help her think; she helps me gain feeling.” Benjamin’s

face again breaks into a smile. “Sure we sometimes argue! We are just normal

people. But that never lasts long!”

At international competitions where Jessica is riding, Benjamin can often be

found on the side-lines, supporting his sister. “At competitions, when I do not

have to ride, Jessica needs me a bit more. Then I act more like one of her

trainers. But at home she really doesn’t need someone to watch every step

she takes. And neither do I!”

In Chiemsee last year Jessica made a surprise performance demonstrating

her dressage test with Unee BB without a saddle. The video made of this

performance went viral on social media. “Oh, we often do that”, Benjamin

reacts, “But not always in public. Jessica is passionate about it. Not only does

it bring diversity to your horse’s daily routine, but it is also a test if your horse

is truly straight. If your horse can’t do one-time changes with you on his bare

back, he is just not straight.”

Getting the best out of each horse and keeping it happy is Benjamin’s and

Jessica’s main goal. “I can really see us doing this the coming thirty years”,

Benjamin says with certainty in his voice. “The greatest thing to do is to develop

young horses and do it in a way that it is enjoyable for them too. To teach a

horse what he is capable of makes him proud. And it makes us proud too.”



Ecurie Ted Jonker is proud to present the second edition of the

World Dressage Masters NextGen International competition in collaboration

with the FEI and Swiss Equestrian Federation.

5 - 8 May 2016

Free entry | All ages are welcome

Ferme du Domain Imperial, Route de Promenthoux, 1197 Prangins, Switzerland













Equestrian fashion queen


Silvia Rizzo, a well-known rider and admired by Fashion King Valentino: “Besides the results, the

elegance and happiness of my horse are important. I stand out in my own way, which is being

fashionable with happy horses.” Not only is she a fashion icon with her own clothing line, she also

attends the biggest events like the WDM with her all-time favorite Lusitano sweetheart Sal.


Silvia: “I like bringing a breath of fresh air in the conservative

clothes that are common in the dressage world.” Bold as she

is, Silvia decided to do it her way and started to wear fashionable

clothes: “In my opinion, the dressage world is too conservative. I

like to stand out and I think that everyone in the equestrian world

should have a personal identity.” She is loved by the audience and

they always react ‘really, really well’, as Silvia describes: “Besides

receiving a lot of messages and e-mails from fans, I also receive

many positive replies from other riders about my clothes. Even if

I don’t win, I stand out for something different.” In 2015 she was

awarded for her sense of style with the Chi E’ Chi Award , during

the Milan fashion week, in the Sport Category for being Italy’s

brightest ambassador of elegance and style in the international

sport world for 2015.




One of Silvia’s most eye-catching fashion items was the Silver

Mirror Helmet, a shiny helmet with the Italian flag displayed on

it. “I came up with the idea for the helmet when I thought of my

favorite fairy tale Snow white.” She was intrigued by the fairy tale,

and especially by the part of “mirror, mirror on the wall”. The

idea for the helmet was born and became the pièce de résistance.

One of the fans of the helmet was no-one less than Fashion King

Valentino. When the topic of Valentino turns up, she gets a glow

on her face and starts to smile. Silvia: “I could not believe that I

was invited to the VIP area of the sultan, where Valentino was

sitting. He was attracted by my elegance and called me divine!

You can understand that I was in Seventh Heaven!”

As Valentino already mentioned, one of the things that is

important for Silvia as to when it comes to clothes is elegance.

To the question why she launched her own clothing line (Stylish

Rider) and shop (Hof Marabunta), she answers that she missed

something in the market. Silvia: “I really like fashion, colourful

things and elegance. I combined these things and developed

something new and fashionable.”





Not only is she a real fashion trendsetter, she is the leader in the

dressage world when it comes to engagement with her fans. For

Silvia, connecting with her fans is really important: “When I ride,

I can really feel that the public is standing next to me and that

they enjoy what I do. It is a great support.” She receives a lot of

e-mails and messages on Facebook from fans with questions about

their outfits and horses: “They really like my public attitude and

are grateful that I can give them suggestions about their clothes.”

She takes a breath and tells her opinion on the topic of how to

increase the popularity of the dressage sport: “More involvement

with the public is necessary. People need to be involved with the

riders and horses to create a connection with the public.” She is

very positive when it comes to public involvement at the WDM:

“The World Dressage Masters always has great shows. It is a

public show, and it always attracts a lot of people of all levels.“

“When I ride, I can really feel

that the public is standing next to

me and that they enjoy what I do.

It is a great support.”


Besides a clothing line and shop, she also has goals with her

beloved horse Sal. The answer Silvia gives to the question what

dressage goals she has, shows the love she has for her horse: “One

of my dreams is to keep enjoying riding my horse, Sal. When

I met Sal, it was love at first sight. Thanks to him I am able to

attend the biggest events in the world. I am so grateful to him!”


They were already successful in the past, a silver medal at the

European Championships in Gent amongst other things, and

they keep going strong. Silvia: “I now only choose the exclusive

events I really like, and I will definitely attend a few World

Dressage Masters events.” Sil & Sal make a great combination

and are very unique. Not only does Silvia stand out as a fashion

trendsetter, Sal also stands out as the first Lusitano in the Ranking

of the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses in 2014.

When it comes to her country of origin, Italy, there are not many

big dressage events. This is exactly the reason why she moved

to Germany in 2006. In Germany she had the possibility to

develop herself and enter into the real dressage world. Silvia:

“In Italy there was not a real dressage world. However, it would

be fantastic to have a World Dressage Masters event in Rome! It

would attract a lot of people and involve a lot of sponsors. And

ofcourse I would attend!’






Global Dressage Analytics




The sport of Dressage depends crucially

on the education and knowledge of its

judges, on their ability to analyse the

performance before them, to measure

it against the scale of training and to

assign the correct score. This they

must do, observing multiple facets

of each movement and pace in a few

seconds, sign their name at the end of

the test and then move on to the next

competitor. The rider has the analysis

from the judge, the public sees the

winners and the ranking, but the judge

gets very little constructive feedback

or why their scores differ from their

colleagues or from the public perception

or what was good and bad. In the world

of Dressage we talk frequently of ways

to improve judging, of ways to build a

code of points, all of these have their

place and may come to fruition, in the

meantime Global Dressage Analytics

is working with the Dutch Equestrian

Federation, KNHS, to give their judges

feedback that can help them to analyse

and improve their own performance.

David Stickland



For the last two years Global Dressage Analytics

(GDA) has been working with the Dutch Equestrian

Federation (KNHS) to develop a dashboard able to

give Dressage judges a way to monitor their judging,

compare with their peers and generally get feedback

to help them become

the better judges.

The dashboards also

allow the federation to

monitor their judging

corps to help them

develop educational

programs and to identify

the judges who are ready

for promotion or those

who need more help. At the Global Dressage Forum in

October 2015 GDA and KNHS gave a well-received

presentation on how this works and how it will be further

extended over the coming years.

For any given performance the judges can of course

have different analysis and give different scores. They

Global Dressage Analytics

helps dressage judges to

become better judges

can have different views due to their different positions;

one may see a resistance that the other misses or counts

as less important. So, while the public, or the rider, may

concentrate on a score difference and pose questions,

GDA instead looks at the ensemble of scores each

judge makes, are they

on average higher or

lower, what is the spread

in their differences, do

they use the same range

of scores for each figure

type, do they arrive at

the same final score by

the same route through

a test, do they arrive at

the same ranking as their colleagues, etc. By measuring

these parameters and comparing them with those of

their colleagues over many competitions then GDA

can give the judges an objective measure of how they

compare with those colleagues. By then giving them

ways to locate test-sheets that show these differences and

to reanalyse them after the event they get the possibility




to review their scoring and perhaps approach the next event differently.

GDA gives the federation a dashboard where they can get an overview

of these parameters for all their judges, they can see how they compare

for different judge grades, they can can concentrate just on judges of

a certain grade, or over a certain time period, they can sort, filter, use

graphical tools and see what is getting better or worse with time. The

federation can decide that some judges could profit from working with

a mentor, and identify which judges would be the best mentors or the

best judges to use in a championship.

Each judge also has their own dashboard where they can see their own

statistics and how they compare with their colleagues. They can tunnel

into the data for individual events or tests. Obviously this

is most useful when the dashboard details are filled very

soon after the event, within days at most, perhaps in the

longer term within hours. In the GDA dashboard judges

have numerical and graphical tools to help them find the

problematic events and to visualise the score sheets in new

ways. The goal here is not to pass judgement on what the

judge has done for any particular ride, but to present to

them the maximum of information so that they can draw

their own conclusions, or enter into discussion with their

colleagues where necessary.

In international competitions there are typically 5 or

more judges, although at the younger rider levels 3 judges

are often used, when in these cases a simple indicator of a

potential issue is when one judge differs from the average

of their colleagues for a particular figure. But in national

competitions there are frequently two judges, or even one.

For the single judge events GDA has plans to help them

based on judging trends but these are not yet deployed,

but already for the two-judge events in KNHS subtop

level GDA has implemented the dashboard. For any given

judgement of course it is impossible, without reviewing video analysis,

to decide who was the most correct in the case of a difference, but over

a period of time the analysis can show that one set of judges is mostly

in agreement, while another set are mostly in disagreement with their

colleagues. So as well as the statistical measures we track also which

pairs of judges tend to agree or disagree and this goes into the mix.

KNHS and its judges have been somewhat the guinea pigs testing the

ideas and the system, all the signs are that this type of tool can help

Federations in their judge education and promotion tasks and can start

to give judges themselves more tools to build their own competences.

GDA would be very happy to discuss with other federations how to

make these tools available to their own judges.



Here a Judge can compare their Score Consistency Factor (SCF) with those of all other judges. SCF

is a measure of the spread between this judge’s scores and the other judges they work with. This is

typically about 2% - in statistical terms this means that about 2/3 of the time they will be within 2% of

the other judge, and about 1/3 of the time outside that range.


For the same judge as in the previous figure, now we show not the spread in sores, but the Mean

Difference, so while this judge has a good spread (1.97%) they do judge a little lower than their

colleagues on average (0.75% lower), so they might want to try being slightly more generous….


Drilling down into the data the judge can see exactly where in a given test they differed most from

their colleague judge. (in this case an 8 and a 6 for the same figure) But in this case the judge at H can

also see that they are lower than their colleague by about 1 point for every figure in the test.

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“Vingino is an advanced-level Ravensburger puzzle”



“Just lots of practice. “ That is what Tommie owes his success to. Tommie: “The fact that we managed to get things

sorted with Vingino in such a short space of time certainly contributed to the success.” As never before, he dances

around the arena with his impressive athlete. He is a well-known face at WDM competitions, where he rides for all he

is worth. WDM asked Tommie about his current and future stars.


I did not think I would succeed in getting so far again with

Vingino so quickly” says Tommie about their rapid inclusion in the


Olympic Team. Tommie: “The swift bond is thanks to the fact that we

have known each other for four years already, a horse doesn’t just forget that.”

That there is a bond between them is obvious and the dream pair is better

than ever. In 2015, they had successes at the WDM competitions in Mechelen,

Lier and Roosendaal. Vingino is a horse with many qualities: “When Vingino

enters the arena, a real horse enters the arena. Furthermore, he has a very

good walk, piaffe and pirouette. I feel that we are no way near the max. Once

the general base is better, then a few percentage points more can definitely be



In addition to the convincing performances

with Vingino, he also regularly appears in “When Vingino enters the arena,

the ring with the KWPN-approved stallion

Bojengel. He has ridden this star since the a real horse enters the arena.”

beginning of 2015: “We have a good set

of Small Tour competitions behind us. At

the moment I am keeping him at home in

order to train him on further for the Grand Prix. Bojengel’s character is much

easier than Vingino’s. As a result I expect the training to progress much faster

than the four years it took with Vingino. “Training Vingino was definitely an

advanced-level Ravensburger puzzle!”

Despite the fact that all competitions are planned around Rio, Tommie

is certain that he will compete in a few WDM competitions. “One of the

reasons that I participate in the WDM competitions is the prize money. This

is quite unique in the dressage sport. The WDM competitions also have a

great atmosphere and are beautifully organised. It is just a good series of

competitions to ride in.”


As well as Vingino and Bojengel the Retie-based rider has several more

talented horses on the yard. Together with Rob van Puijenbroek he lives

at Stoeterij de Begijnhoeve, where all the

horses are stabled. One of Tommie’s future

stars is the 6-year-old stallion Mac CL

(Gribaldi x Havidoff), a horse owned by

Cor van der Linden and Joop van Uytert:

“ I have very high expectations of this

stallion in the Grand Prix. I am currently

training him at home until he reaches Small

Tour-level, and we also have several stallion

shows lined up. Furthermore they also have

Heros (Vivaldi x Havidoff), a four-year-old stallion approved by the BWP. The

4-year-old stallion Hilltop (Chagall x Tuschinski), who has been selected for

the performance test, is also one of the talents. Tommie: “We have no time

to get bored!”








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The Lundin Family is passionate about

sports and nature. This inspired Ian

Lundin to create the Jiva Hill Resort that

revolves all around these two features.

Furthermore, the love for horses and

equestrian sports is evident throughout

the family. Ian’s wife Virginia Lundin

enjoys the Jiva Hill Stables and competes

at the higher dressage levels. “Hopefully

the World Dressage Masters in Geneva

can inspire many and promote our beloved


Jiva Hill

Crozet, France

Close to Geneva, the Jiva Hill Resort

features a 98-acre private estate,

magnificently situated at the foothills

of the Jura Mountains facing the majestic

Mont Blanc. Jiva Hill Park Hotel and

Resort was developed as a unique place to

combine luxury and relaxation with many

outdoor activities, such as golf, tennis and

water skiing. Equestrian sport has always

been very important to several Lundin

family members, including Virginia who

has had a passion for horses since her




Deluxe rooms or Junior suits

Sleep like never before

The Jiva Hill Resort offers 23 Deluxe rooms, 4 corner Deluxe rooms and 6 Junior suites.

With their deep carpet, adorned with subtle shades of beige or brown glossy leather

and plush throws, decorated with original paintings and equipped with the very latest

technologies, all the rooms and Junior Suites offer a truly luxurious setting.

The Shamwari restaurant

Gastronomic cuisine revisited between tradition and avant-gardism

After learning with Pierre Kofmann and Michel Roux Junior and managing the restaurant

of the very prestigious Longueville Manor on Jersey Island, Emmanuel Ollivier becomes

the Chef of the Shamwari restaurant at Jiva Hill Resort in September 2011. Quality and

freshness are at the heart of his concens.

Equestrian sport

Give your horse a holiday too

The equestrian barn of Jiva Hill, that was build in 2005, contains 27 stables, a 20 x 60

indoor and ourdoor arena. But also a longing ring with a diameter of 18 meters and a

galop track of 300 meters. All this is established on 98 acres of land. You and your horse

can enjoy the fantactic nature the Mont-Blanc has to offer.





childhood: “Dressage was the logical evolution and was inspired by a friend

whose sensitivity and inspiration as a horse trainer and dressage coach opened

windows onto what beautiful movement horses are capable of when in harmony

with their riders.” Hence, Jiva Hill Stables was initially designed and built for

dressage and this year it celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Virginia Lundin

has been riding for more than two decades

and over the years, the facility has enabled

further enhancement and successful dressage

at competitive levels.

It is not the first time that the Lundin family

supports the World Dressage Masters.

Previously it has contributed to the founding of

the WDM NextGen, called the Jiva Hill Youth

Challenge at the time. Virginia Lundin says about the family’s efforts: “It is great

to be able to give something back to dressage, a sport that has given our family

so much pleasure. Moreover, the quality organisation of the World Dressage

Masters creates the ideal circumstances to give riders the best chances of

competing at the highest levels of dressage. Quite simply, the WDM promotes

the sport and provides opportunities and support for the young riders who are

the future of dressage.” Like before, the Lundin family puts special emphasis on

the future talent class ‘Under 25’. Ian Lundin explains: “Any competitive sport

is fascinating to watch at the highest level. Out of all the equestrian disciplines,

“It is great to be able to give

something back to dressage, a

sport that has given our family

so much pleasure.”

dressage may be less accessible and is perhaps less attractive to young riders

than say show jumping. By providing high level competition experience to

young dressage riders, it will increase the interest in the sport and help raise

the standard for future generations of riders. We love the idea to support young

people, we do the same in other sports. The success and a good experience

in the past partnership with WDM NextGen

gave us the confidence to come together once


Virginia Lundin adds: “Jiva Hill’s proximity and

access to Geneva, along with its collaboration

with World Dressage Masters seem an ideal

combination to compliment the World Cup Show

Jumping at Palexpo. It is a fantastic opportunity

for Geneva and Switzerland as a whole to have another high level dressage

competition. This clearly adds something special to the agenda of our region. With

a lot of talented dressage riders gathering in one place, it may inspire more people.

Dressage is not as well-known yet in our area as it is in Germany or the

Netherlands, thus this competition is the perfect chance to promote the sports

and educate and appeal to people. It should be a real treat for spectators to

experience such beauty and grace along with the athleticism of high level




Katrina Wüst



German FEI 5* judge and renowned judge educator Katrina Wüst is one of the most respected judges worldwide.

Dressage has developed a lot over the years, but as Katrina points out the judges’ main task has not changed since

the beginning of our sport and has always proven to be a tricky challenge: “Finding the right winner.”

Having taken part in the jury of

multiple World Cup Finals, European

Championships and being a world

authority on Freestyle design, Katrina Wüst

is named a leading trainer of judges and

a true dressage guru. Prior to her switch

to judging, Katrina was a dedicated and

successful dressage rider herself. Inspired

by both her experiences as a rider and

a judge, she is an impassioned advocate

for fairness and transparency in dressage;

while simultaneously aiming for detailed,

decisive, yet empathetic and knowledgeable

judging. Active as a judge since the early

90s, Katrina has carefully watched the

developments and innovations in dressage

over the past decades: “A key innovation in

dressage was the introduction of the Kür,

one year prior to the Olympic Games of

Atlanta. In one fell swoop, it made dressage

popular amongst a tremendous number of

spectators. However, in general, dressage

has not developed due to innovations per se.

In the past 10-15 years it has rather made

huge steps forward through significant

improvements in both the breeding of

talented horses and the quality of riding.

Nowadays the top horses hardly make any

major mistakes in the Grand Prix tests,” she

points out.

Katrina’s own innovation is a more recent

addition to the select list of noteworthy

innovations in the history of dressage.

Together with Daniel Goehlen, Katrina

has developed a degree of difficulty for

the dressage sport. Her inspiration was the

desire for transparency and equal judging.

She explains: “We wanted to find a system

that makes the judging of the degree of

difficulty in Freestyle presentations more

transparent and ensures that the assessment

of the various difficulties is the same for

each rider, depending on the quality of

the execution.” Katrina continues: “We

hope that it can contribute towards various

aspects of and parties involved in dressage.

First of all, fairness for the riders and

transparency for the spectators. Secondly,

results that can be announced much faster,

directly after the rider has left the arena.

And finally, better information for the

media, including TV commentators.”

It is a hot topic that sparks a lot of discussion

amongst dressage fans: will our beloved

sport remain an Olympic Sport in the

future? Katrina is confident that it will, with

a side note that the current formula may

need a few tweaks. She argues: “Genuine,

good dressage is not a traditional sport

with the corresponding focus on faster –

higher - wider, but emphasizes on beauty

and harmony. Skilled, horse-friendly riding

must be paramount and shown by each

and every competitor to maintain the


enthusiasm of the spectators. This – as well as the fact that men

and women compete against each other in the same classes – should

bring the International Olympic Committee to stick to our sport.

In addition to the internal aspects of the sport, the public could

be attracted even more by good TV commentators and analysts,

preferably having been top riders themselves in dressage or such as

in other sports. Maybe a different format could be helpful. Still, in

general I am very positive that our sport will survive as an Olympic

discipline. Fortunately, various organisations and people never cease

to make an effort to develop dressage further. The World Dressage

Masters also plays a significant role in this, as it supports a lot of

important international shows and thereby helps to make the

dressage sport grow.”



“I am very positive that

our sport will survive as an

Olympic discipline.”

With the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro coming up, 2016

promises to be an exciting year, revolving all around sports. Katrina

has great expectations of the dressage sport in Brazil: “The quality

of dressage is permanently increasing, more and more new talented

combinations will grow into the sport. This was already obvious at

the European Championships in Aachen last year, where we had

a thrilling competition. Unfortunately, Brazil is not such a horse

country as England and the spectators might not be as enthusiastic

as the Brits were in London 2012. Nonetheless, dressage lovers will

be in for a treat if we look at the vast number of skilled riders and

good horses. The challenges for the jury will be the same as always:

to find the right winner and a correct overall placing, even if the

results are not totally in line at all times,” Katrina concludes.


Christine Stibi




Just over ten years ago, Christine Stibi started her

company ‘Office for German – Qatar Relations &

German – UAE Relations’. Her goal is to bring both

parts of the world together, not only on business

or sports level, but especially on social and cultural

level, focusing on the next generation too. One of

the projects developed by Stibi was the Qatari

partnership with one of Germany’s most wonderful

horse shows the “Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier”.

With the World Dressage Masters to be held in

Wiesbaden, dressage could get more interest from

the Middle East as well.

lived in the UAE from 1995 until 2005”, tells Christine Stibi,

“I who is originally from the countryside near Wiesbaden and

Mainz. “I have always been closely involved with organising

horse shows and the cities Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah,

Ajman and Doha feel like my second homes.” By starting her

consultancy office for German and UAE and Qatar relations,

Stibi tried to build bridges. “In my opinion, there is a lack

of direct connecting opportunities and face to face contact.

That is something I try to create, I try to create match-making

meetings between people from Europe and the Middle East

and to create new meaningful projects adding new values.”


One of the ideas that came up to Christine Stibi, was to create

a partnership between Qatar and Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier.

“I believe that sport has the power to inspire people. The


last two years have been an overwhelming success for both Qatar and

Germany. With the partnership in Wiesbaden, we have created a lot of

positive news. The partnership already pays off, especially on a social

level”, Stibi states. “At Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier, we created a Qatari

exhibition village where German people got to discover the Arabic world.

There is Arabic food, Arabic history, boat makers, perfume, just name

it. This Qatari cultural village has become one of the highlights of the

Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier as well as the initiated Qatar ‘Q&A’ Briefings,

so called ‘Marhaba’- Lounge with the mission to create direct dialog.”


A new highlight to this year’s edition of the Wiesbadener Pfingstturnier

will be the World Dressage Masters. Currently, the main focus in the

Middle East is on the sport of show jumping, but Christine Stibi has

good hopes for dressage too. “Again in Wiesbaden riders from the whole

Arabic region will compete and I am sure they will also be invited to see

the World Dressage Masters. If one or two riders from the Middle East

will get really passionate about dressage and will develop a strong vision

with for instance the Olympic Games as a goal, everything is possible.”

If a star rises, dressage will be able to grow, Stibi thinks.

“Life is always in development. In the last years, the main focus has just

not been on dressage. But by getting awareness through for example

the World Dressage Masters Series, something could happen very

quickly in a positive way.”


During the last years, Christine Stibi has brought a lot of her contacts

from the Middle East to Europe, with the partnership of Wiesbaden and

Qatar as one of her projects. But for the next years, Stibi also wants to

bring Europeans to the Middle East. “My newest project is to organise

so called friendship-trips between Europe and the Middle East. I would

like Europeans to see the wonderful premium cultural events they have in

the Arabic region, not only involving equestrian events. I think the main

problem sometimes can be that people do not know each other. They

need to meet more, so they have better understanding and positive things

can grow from this. Cultural events and sports can really be helpful by

creating this”, Christine Stibi states. “It is time to get to know each other!”




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a world of


The Porsche family is a big name in the

world of horsepowers. They are not

only famous for their cars, the 19-year

old Diana Porsche is an up-and-coming

star in the dressage world. She is

currently successful in dressage ‘Under

25’ and competes at WDM events.

Diana’s love for horses was already

discovered when she was a toddler.

Her mother Iris: “Diana received her

first horse as a Christmas gift from

her father at the age of five. It was the best

Christmas present of her life!” When Diana

grew older she became interested in dressage

and is now competing at big dressage events

with her horse Di Sandro (De Niro x Sandro).

Iris: “It was certainly a very challenging task

for such a young rider to take part in the

WDM, and of course an honor to start for the

Austrian team. For Diana it was an interesting

experience to attend such a well-established

international event.” Diana has the full support

of her family, especially from her mother Iris:

“I assist my daughter with organisational



matters and I always accompany Diana when

she attends tournaments. When a competition

did not turn out well or something like that, I am

there for her. We have a very close relationship.”

Diana has a dedicated trainer in Dieter Laugks.

He is her trainer since the end of 2012. Iris: “We

are very happy that we found a coach like Dieter.

He challenges and encourages Diana to get closer

to achieving her dream. Because of Dieter’s

own tournament experience, he has the ability

and practical knowledge to support Diana with

tranquility and routine. He makes it possible for

Diana to optimally perform in dressage competitions

and allows horse and rider to evolve together.”


Iris is involved in equestrian sport for young

people: “In times like these it is important to

support young people who dedicate themselves

to this beautiful work. Diana once said that

horses are her most important teachers. Horses

teach you patience, responsibility, discipline and

honesty. When you are not honest with horses,

you cannot expect them to be honest. In addition,

they teach one how to deal with failures and envy.

In what other kind of job do you learn all that?”

Diana Porsche

together with Di Sandro

Iris Porsche

Diana’s mother and biggest supprter

Iris Porsche Hotel

the 5* hotel in Mondsee

house in Mondsee from my husband for our 15th

wedding anniversary 8 years ago, I immediately

knew that it should become a cozy, elegant

hideaway. My aim was that guests should feel like

home and at the same time do not have to give up

luxury and high quality service. For my hotel team

it is important to take care of our guest’s wishes

on a very individual level and high standard. It

also shows that guest appreciate that service, since

we have many regular guests staying at my hotel.”




Besides supporting Diana in her sportive career, Iris

is the owner of Iris Porsche Hotel in the Austrian

city of Mondsee. “It was not necessarily my dream”,

says Iris about her five star hotel. “When I got the





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