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23.11.2008 - Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum Rewrites the Show’s Record Books: Double and Triple for the World No. 1

(mps) Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Germany) has done the double: after winning the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER on Friday evening, she was also victorious in the ROLEX FEI WORLD CUP JUMPINGTM, the Grand Prix of Stuttgart – presented by Mercedes-Benz and the BW-Bank –, at the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show on Sunday afternoon. She was rewarded with a Mercedes-Benz ML 280 worth 50,000 euro. The first rider to win both the premium competitions in the same year was the Briton John Whitaker in 1988.  mehr

23.11.2008 - “A jewel in Stuttgart’s event calendar” – positive review of the STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS

(mps) “We’ve seen top class equestrian sport in the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle over the past five days,” said Andreas Kroll, CEO of the in.Stuttgart Veranstaltungsgesellschaft, in his positive review prior to the final competition and highlight of the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show, the ROLEX FEI World Cup JumpingTM Grand Prix of Stuttgart – presented by Mercedes-Benz and the BW-Bank. “We’ve sold over 62,000 tickets and we’re very, very satisfied.” Sales were very good on Wednesday but Friday would have been much better had it not been for the “forecasted onset of heavy snow”. Once again, “we the organisers are very pleased with the way everything has gone and we’ll now quietly go about the job of organising our anniversary horse show next year.”  mehr

23.11.2008 - Third GERMAN MASTER in Succession for Isabelle Werth

(mps) Isabell Werth impressively underlined her status in the dressage world at the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show. Riding her 14-year-old Hanoverian Satchmo, the German, who is second (with Satchmo) and third (with Warum Nicht FRH) in the world rankings, secured the victory in the Grand Prix Special for the Prize of the MEGGLE Group in the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle on Sunday morning.  mehr

23.11.2008 - Win No. 3 for Isabell Werth: “Perfect Harmony”

(mps) “The interplay with the music was perfect and the timing was spot on.” Isabell Werth (Germany) was beaming all over her face after bringing the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show to the boil in the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle on Saturday. The 7,900 crowd witnessed a memorable Grand Prix freestyle performance in the competition for the Prize of the NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSGRUPPE, which was staged for the first time in the evening session. The five-time Olympic Champion and her 12-year-old gelding Warum Nicht FRH put on a display of the highest order, which was honoured by the judges awarding them 81.100 per cent. Starting last, the German had to beat the 79.050 per cent mark set by the Finn Kyra Kyrklund on Max if she was to take the victory and the 6,200 euro purse. “I’m really pleased with my Hannes’ display,” said a happy Isabell Werth, “and we’re really proud we able to enthral the primetime crowd.”  mehr

22.11.2008 - SCHENKER GERMAN MASTER Success for Hungary’s Joszef Dobrovitz

(mps) A new chapter in the history of driving in the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle began in 2007. Right from the very start of the competition, there had only been one winner of the GERMAN MASTER in driving: Michael Freund. The exceptional driver dominated the four-in-hand discipline until 2006. After Freund retired from competitive sport, a new name appeared in the winners’ list in 2007: Ijsbrand Chardon. But he was not able to retain his title this year as Jozsef Dobrovitz, who qualified in second place for the decisive round, completed the course fault-free in 232.49 seconds.  mehr

22.11.2008 - “Old Master” Roger-Yves Bost wins the Knock-out Competition for the Prize of the XXL Sicherheit Group

(mps) A thrilling event: once again there was a great atmosphere in the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle for the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show’s knock-out competition for the Prize of the XXL-Sicherheit Group. Sixteen riders saddled their horses for the direct rider against rider contests over two identical courses and to the catchy music deejayed by the witty Stefan Krawczyk and Christian Graf von Plettenberg.  mehr

22.11.2008 - Isabell Werth has a Successful Start to the Special Tour when Winning the Grand Prix for the Prize of the Stihl Group

(mps) She was already successful when riding Warum Nicht FRH to victory in the freestyle series Grand Prix on Friday, and then on Saturday morning the five-time Olympic, six-time World and 13-time European Champion Isabell Werth triumphed on her 14-year-old gelding Satchmo in the Grand Prix for the Prize of the Stihl Group. The duo were awarded 77.375 per cent by the judges and the win underlined their title ambitions for coming Sunday’s Prize of the MEGGLE Group, the GERMAN MASTER.  mehr

22.11.2008 - Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum’s First MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER

(mps) Riders wanting a starting place for the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER, the second major competition at the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show have to first compete against the jumping world’s crème de la crème in two qualifying events. Only the top twelve – or the top 13 this year as two were equal on points – in the preliminary competitions were given the chance to compete against one another in front of a 5,500 crowd in the well-filled Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle on Friday evening. The show down to find the “best of the best” was eventually won by Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (Germany), whose efforts were richly rewarded with a brand new Mercedes-Benz GLK 280.  mehr

21.11.2008 - Marion Engelen Prevails in the Final of the “Piaff Förderpreis”

(mps) The winner of the 2008 Piaff-Förderpreis goes by the name of Marion Engelen. The finals of the competition for promising young German dressage riders was staged for the eighth time in the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle at the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show. Riding the eight-year-old gelding Diego, the favourite going into the competition lived up to expectations and was awarded an excellent 71.458 per cent by the international judges.  mehr

21.11.2008 - Combined Horse Show and Public Transport Ticket: U11 Tram Runs Every 15 Minutes

(mps) Stuttgart’s public transport company, the VVS, recommends everybody to use the busses, trams and so-called “S-Bahn” trains for their journeys to and from the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show from 19 through 23 November 2008. The combined horse show and public transport tickets are valid on all forms of public transport within the area covered by the VVS.  mehr

21.11.2008 - Why not? Isabell Werth wins the Grand Prix on Warum Nicht

(mps) Isabell Werth made the perfect start to her campaign at the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show. Riding her 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Warum Nicht FRH, (or “Why Not FRH in English), the five-time Olympic, six-time world and 13-time European champion won the Grand Prix for the Prize of the “Ingenieurbüro Hauser” on Friday morning.  mehr

21.11.2008 - MASTER Qualification Beckons: Meyer Winner of the Stuttgarter Hofbräu Jump Against the Clock

(mps) The twelve starting places for the MERCEDES GERMAN MASTER are much coveted. Janne-Friederike Meyer now has the best chances of qualifying for one of them. The German lady rider went clear on her gelding Cellagon Lambrasco in 62.53 seconds to win the Prize of the Stuttgarter Hofbräu AG on Thursday evening.  mehr

20.11.2008 - Timo Beck Wins BW-Bank Indoor Championship for a Third Time

(mps) All good things come in threes: Timo Beck (Germany) took top place in the final of the BW-Bank Indoor Championship on Thursday evening. Having already won the crown in 2000 and 2002, the 31-year-old triumphed for the third time in the unofficial state indoor championships hosted by the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show.  mehr

20.11.2008 - Julia Ellsässer Secures iWEST Dressage Cup

(mps) The last are the first – this also came true at the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS for Julia Ellsässer (Germany). Riding her 12-year-old gelding Rossini Grande, she was the last to enter the arena in the final of the iWEST Dressage Cup, the federal state of Baden Württemberg’s unofficial indoor championships, and finished first after being awarded 70,300 per cent by the judges.  mehr

20.11.2008 - Roger-Yves Bost and Philipp Weishaupt Win Opening Jumping Competition for the Prize of the Bardusch GmbH Textil-Mietdienste

(mps) The highly experienced Frenchman, Roger-Yves Bost, had an excellent start to his campaign at the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show. Riding his 10-year-old mare Kire Royal Star, he went clear in 54.36 seconds in the opening jumping event for foreign riders to win the Prize of the Bardusch GmbH Textil-Mietdienste and the 1,250 euro prize money that went with it.  mehr

20.11.2008 - Michael Jung wins the Ensinger Mineral-Heilquellen Indoor Derby Eventing Competition for the Third Time

(mps) The winner of the Ensinger Mineral-Heilquellen Indoor Derby at the 24th International Horse Show STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS goes by the name of Michael Jung (Germany). Riding his eight-year-old gelding in front of a highly enthusiastic 8,200 crowd, he ran out a relatively comfortable winner after going clear in a time of 85.70 seconds. Entering the ring as the penultimate rider, Michael Jung raced around the course to win the event for the third time. His previous wins came in 2005 and 2007. The 26-year-old was rewarded with prize money totalling 2000 euro.  mehr

20.11.2008 - Felix Hassmann wins the MercedesCard Jump and Drive

(mps) Felix Hassmann (Germany) secured the win in the MercedesCard Jump and Drive in front of 8,200 highly enthusiastic spectators at the 24th International STUTTGART GERMAN MASTERS Horse Show. The 22-year-old went clear over the first half of the course on his mare Creativa and could even afford to incur two penalty points driving around the second half in a Mercedes-Benz A 180. In spite of the time faults, his time of 102.15 seconds sufficed to give him first place. His well-earned reward: Felix Hassmann can now drive back home in a Mercedes-Benz A 180 CDI worth 28,480 euro.  mehr