The Longines’ ethos is that “elegance is an attitude”...
...and the fabulous mare Fiontini showed she has plenty of that when adding the 7-Year-Old title to her two previous victories at the 2017 Longines FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Dressage Championship in Ermelo, The Netherlands.
These Championships, supported for the second year by Longines, are designed to highlight the sometimes still raw, but often spectacular, potential of equine stars in the making, and to recognise the immense skill and commitment of the people who breed the greatest Dressage horses on the planet.
The judges are looking for flair, for that “look at me!” quality that sets the special ones apart from the rest, and for purity and lightness in movement.
It takes the best trainers and riders to produce these young horses in the correct way, and at this year’s fixture judge Christoph Hess said, “this was the highest standard we’ve ever had, the riding was really good!”
The weather did its best to add to the challenge with storms, wind and rain along with sunshine, but nothing was going to stand in the way of a week of great sport.