Articles: Press Release
Catherine Haddad Places Fifth in Grand Prix, While Young American-bred
Horses Face Strong Competition ... A special report for PhelpsSports.com
from Verden, Germany
PHOTO CREDIT: Marissa Fsterling of Glen Burnie, Md. riding Big Tyme in
the 5-year-old FEI World Breeding Championships and Catherine Haddad of
the United States and Maximus JSS in the Grand Prix at Verden, Germany
on Friday. Photos (c) 2006 by Ken Braddick-HorseSport USA
Jean Llewellyn of Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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Verden, Germany - August 5, 2006 - Big Tyme performed remarkable well to
be placed 20th in such a high quality field. This five-year-old Belgian
Warmblood gelding, sired by the thoroughbred stallion Saros xx and bred
out of a classical dam by the Hannoverian Wendekreis, had a solid score
of sevens and seven-point-fives to finish with an average of 7.26. Big
Tyme is very correct in all his movements and was extremely well
presented by his owner Marisa Festerling of Newbury Park, CA. Big Tyme
qualified for Verden at the Western Selection Trial in Flintridge, CA.
Unitas, a five-year-old KWPN gelding by Libero's son Niagara, out of a
harness horse dam Nellyzora by Harald, demonstrated really good
impulsion, achieving an average of 6.78 for 28th place. He is owned and
was ridden by Teresa Butta-Stanton of Glen Burnie, MD. Unitas qualified
at the Eastern Selection Trial in Raleigh, NC.
In the group of six year olds Brigadier, owned by Deena Smith of Olathe,
KS and ridden by David Wightman of Murrieta, CA ended up 25th. The dark
bay Oldenburg gelding (by Batido out of the Art Deco dam, Lady Deco) was
bred in the United States by Page Hinds-Athan out of Kansas. In Verden,
only Brigadier's canter was rewarded with a 7.0, while walk, trot,
submissiveness and general impression all received notes in the 6.5 to
6.8 range for an average score of 6.7. Brigadier qualified at the
Western Selection Trial in Flintridge, CA.
In the CDI Grand Prix the American riders performed extremely well.
Amidst a field of top German dressage riders, including Isabell Werth
who has won Olympic, World and European honors, who won the test riding
the 12-year-old Satchmo (by Sao out of a Legat dam). This outstanding
gelding, referred to by his rider as a "movement giant" is not always a
simple ride and there is often a very fine balance between victory and
defeat. On this occasion, the pendulum swung in his rider's favor.
Second and third place went to Hubertus Schmidt riding Rossini and
Private Dancer respectively, while Klaus Husenbeth finished fourth
riding Riverdance. For the United States, Catherine Haddad was placed
5th with her Danish-bred Maximus JSS (by May Sherif) and her preccentage
of 68.71 was well deserved. Last weekend, Haddad, whose yard is based in
the heart of Germany's Oldenburg breeding district, finished third in
the Grand Prix (69.75%) and second in the Special (72.08%) in Elmlohe.
Arlene 'Tuny' Page also did well to finish 10th aboard Wild One (67.88
%). Leslie Morse and Tip Top were 13th (66.17%), Heather Blitz and
Arabella 17th (65.58%), and Suzanne Dansby-Phelps placed 37th with
For full results: www.verden-turnier.de