Catch by Colman had already won the four-year-old stallion sport test in Münster-Handorf in superior style. Ridden by Maximilian Gräfe, the grey had finished on a final score of 9.73.
This year’s score was also within the “very good” range – 9.39 – topping his age group again. The judges awarded 9.5 on canter, 9.7 on ability and technique, respectively, and 8.8 on rideabilty as well as on overall impression. Ebba Johansson presented Catch under saddle. Test rider at Handorf, same as last week at the Verden test, was Richard "Pico" Hannöver, whose presentation of the stallions earned him loads of praise from all those involved after the event.
The winner was also praised by the judges, Carsten Rodermund and Hubert Uphus, who were definitely thrilled:
"Catch is an exceptional jumping horse. A stallion highly impressive for his ability and technique. With an energetic canter, the jump is developed through the body and from the hind legs. The way he jumps is nothing but super." Minor deductions on overall impression – where he still scored 8.8 – were due to a short discrepancy between horse and test rider approaching the combination. But as Catch jumped the rest of the course unfazed, Pico Hannöver described his impression afterwards as follows: "Catch is an intelligent horse with a lot of blood and the desired spirit. On the approach to the combination there was a tiny moment of confusion and he got spooked. But that is nothing to worry about in a five-year-old horse, particularly since he jumped the course straight after this hitch in the best possible way."
Four-year-old Castle Creek by Casall had also travelled to Münster. Unfortunately, he could not complete the test as he slipped when leaving the warming-up arena to start the test, incurring a minor injury.
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