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Today began with the small final for the six year olds.  This is a second chance class for those that didn't make the cut for the large final.  The top three horses in this class advance on to the large final on Sunday.
Also the judges have begun making comments at the end of the rides.  They don't do this for the qualifying tests, they just give scores.
It is quite interest how different the judging is from one panel to the next.  I believe they place the horses the same but the scores vary.  Today, Marietta Sanders gave the comments and she is quite eloquent and pretty funny too!  Her panel used the entire range of scores which I find refreshing and more fair.
The top three today included my favorite stallion, Florentinus V ridden by american, Jennifer Hoffman.
The winner was Tabasco, a Swedish horse.
Unfortunately, the other USA horse, Senceo, did not make the top three.  He is quite elegant in the trot but has walk and connection issues that haunted him.
This afternoon we'll watch the small final for the 5yr olds and I'll report again.
From Verden!
M

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