In the most Northern leg of the World Cup sequence, Unee BB (Gribaldi out of Ilarichta keur pref by Dageraad, breeder J.J.H. Spronck from Berg en Terblijt) made it to the top-3. The stallion, which made it to the second round viewing as a youngster, got 74,50% with his rider Jessica van Bredow-Werndl.
“Unee BB gave me a very nice feeling”, says the sympathetic rider afterwards. “He wanted to try his utmost and went round in a lovely connection with power and ease.” The impressive Gribaldi-son scored convingly on the typical Grand Prix-movements like the piaffe, passage, pirouettes and the one tempi changes, but also got 9’s for the rein-back. “Unfortunately we had some miscommunication on the two-tempi’s, that costed a lot of points.“
Unee BB is, besides a Grand Prix-horse with qualities for the world-top also Jessica’s friend. “He is the most honost horse. Unee BB loves to go to shows and to present himself. Besides that I can do anything with him what pops my mind. A gallop in the snow, ride without a saddle or train on the long lines. He can do it all. It’s cool to have a horse that really wants to do it all for you.”
Best ride ever
The pair is not yet selected for the World Cup finals in Omaha. But Jessica is determined to change that: “I will try to ride the best I can. It needs to be my best kür ever to be selected for Omaha!”
In this field, that is dominated by Germany, Isabelle Werth was the best again. Katja Gevers came in seventh with 68,42% with her Gribaldi-son Thriller.
SR/YBF for KWPN;
Photo: Dirk Caremans