August 2006  




It was an impressive celebration of dressage sport at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. 45.000 spectators on the crowded stands celebrated horses and riders. As expected, Germany won the team competition, followed by the Netherlands and the United States.


Isabell Werth (Grand Prix Special) and Anky van Grunsven (Freestyle) won the single competitions. The bronze medal for Andreas Helgstrand (photo) was the surprise of the first single test, although the Danish rider and the nine-year-old Matine did already prove their qualities at the Grand Prix.


Matine was the youngest horse of this competition, and Andreas Helgstrand could hardly believe his luck: “Matine’s performances are simply incredible!” He had to compete with his substitute horse because his regular top-class horse DON SCHUFRO was injured shortly before the highlight of the year.


Please feel free to look at our summary including video pictures, photos and final results from the AMAZING DAYS IN AACHEN below. We hope you will enjoy it.



10th World Championships title for German Dressage Team



For the tenth time ... 

the German dressage team, trained by national coach, Holger Schmezer, took the World Championships title in the ARAG Prize.


Result Dressage Grand Prix Team Final


Andreas Helgstrand achieved the best individual score


„The ride of my life…”

“Matine was very relaxed, and she managed all exercises perfectly. It is certainly unusual to experience nearly faultless performances,” Andreas Helgstrand said in his numerous interviews. Countless spectators and representatives of the German, American and Swedish press queued up to listen to the new star and his stories about this incredible mare. He even called her the best horse of the world. Everybody talks about Blue Hors Matine in Aachen, and it is almost unbelievable that six years ago, the nine-year-old horse was still with her breeder Inger Kathalle in Thorming (Denmark). Esben Moller of Blue Hors saw the mare, he bought her and he will not let her go any more. “She is one of the horses you buy and you will never sell again.” The Danish team occupied the fourth place at the team competition, only just beaten by the United States.


Result Dressage Grand Prix Individual


Isabell Werth - Grand Prix Speciale World Champion



Thrilling battle for gold

The crowd held their breath: The Dutch rider Anky van Grunsven and her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Salinero, gave an excellent, faultless performance and with a score of 77.8 percent secured their standing as one of the top favourites for the gold medal. Minutes later the next rider, Isabell Werth, risked everything with her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Satchmo, and presented the best Spéciale in her career. The 37-year-old once again demonstrated nerves of steel and the judges rewarded her courageous and completely accurate ride with 79.48 percent. Andreas Helgstrand secured the bronze medal on the nine-year-old Danish mare, Blue Hors Matine, the youngest horse in this competition (see the videos below).


Video Part I

Video Part II

Video Part III

Video Part IV




"It was predestination"

Team World Champion Isabelle Werth couldn't believe what had happened on this day. It was actually planned that the reliable Hanoverian gelding Warum Nicht should represent the team at the World Championships. However, after the gelding had to be withdrawn at the last minute, Satchmo took his place in the team. "I know that Satchmo is the best horse that I have ever had, but I still never thought that I would take the World Championship title with him." Without the pressure of having to achieve a good result for the team, she followed her own concept - the perfect combination of a large portion of risk united with ease and elegance.


Result Dressage Grand Prix Speciale


Anky van Grunsven - Grand Prix Freestyle World Champion





Van Grunsven wins gold ahead of Helgstrand and Werth

Anky van Grunsven is back: After taking silver with the team and in the Spéciale, Anky van Grunsven was finally able to secure the longed-for gold medal with Salinero (86.100 percent) in the freestyle competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006. Over 40,000 spectators applauded the Dutch rider at the prize-giving ceremony in the main stadium of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein (ALRV), which was sold out. It was the biggest crowd that a dressage competition has ever enjoyed todate. The silver medal went to the Danish rider, Andreas Helgstrand with Matine (81.500), and Isabell Werth claimed bronze with Satchmo (80.750).




"A dream has come true"

... said the overjoyed Anky van Grunsven. "Salinero did everything right. This atmosphere is unbelievable, the crowd is unique. Even the horses seem to be proud to be competing here. A big thank-you to Aachen for making this experience possible."


Also Isabell Werth was more than satisfied with her floodlight performance late on Saturday evening. "It is amazing what has happened here in Aachen over the past few days and today," said Isabell Werth. "The crowd was so enthusiastic. We have reached a new dimension in dressage sport."


   Result Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle


Blue Hors Matiné - A Sensation in the Dressage Arena


The Danish rider Andreas Helgstrand

 ... and his grey mare, Blue Hors Matine, caused a sensation in the dressage arena in Aachen. Only known among the insiders until now, the nine-year-old Danish-bred mare stunned the crowds with her piaffes and passage in the Freestyle: Silver medal (81.5 %). The 28-year-old rider from the Blue Hors Stud secured two medals at the Championships: Bronze in the Spéciale (see the videos above) and to round it off silver in the Freestyle (see the video below - YouTube).


Andreas Helgstrand (DEN) and BLUE HORS MATINE.




Kyra Kyrklund (FIN)


Heiner Schiergen and the Grand Prix Stallion Goethe




Jan Brink (SWE) on Björsells Briar is leaving the arena ...



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