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What a Difference a Week Makes for Charlotte Jorst, Nintendo and Vitalis

Nintendo in passage. Photos by Terri Miller.

(Rancho Santa Fe, CA) April 4, 2014 – In the week between the Capistrano Dressage Classic and the Festival of the Horse, held in San Juan Capistrano, Charlotte Jorst’s Nintendo and Vitalis showed the difference a week can make.

“I was really happy with them,” Charlotte reported. “They both showed great progress from one show to the next.” She has been working with a new coach, Olympian Guenter Seidel, and training with a focus on qualifying for the 2014 US Dressage Festival of Champions presented by The Dutta Corp/Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games US Dressage Team Short List in June at Gladstone.

Their progress is no accident. Charlotte said the turning point was the USEF clinic with Robert Dover, the US Dressage Technical Advisor/Chef d’Equipe, held the week before Mid-Winter Dressage at Burbank in February.

“Robert can pinpoint exactly what you need. He says it like it is, and he said that I needed to train with Guenter Seidel. So I went directly from the clinic to the Burbank show to Guenter’s. I never went back home to Reno.”

For Charlotte it was the only choice. “I have these wonderful horses, and my goal is to qualify for Gladstone,” she said. “It’s not for the faint of heart, living alone away from home and family, but I have this goal and I have to move forward, there’s really no other option.”

Nintendo, who Charlotte imported from Denmark at the end of 2013, had been competed only lightly at Grand Prix before she purchased him. “I’ve only been riding Nintendo since I returned from my family vacation in late January, so everything’s new with him. He’s a phenomenal horse for the Grand Prix and he just gets better and better. We’re still trying to get in sync, and Guenter has helped us change a few things, and the results are starting to show up. At the show last weekend, when I took Nintendo out of his stall for his first class, it was like he was a changed horse – all of a sudden, we were in sync. It was a great feeling.”

Vitalis in pirouette
Vitalis in pirouette

Vitalis, who with Charlotte represented the US in the 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Dressage in the 6-Year-Old division, also won the 2013 Markel/USEF National Developing Horse 6 Year Old Championship. “Last year Vitalis was doing the baby 6-year-old tests, and last week he did his first CDI3* Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I. That’s amazing for a 7-year-old. He is just getting better as he grows up.”

Next, Charlotte is looking forward to another USEF clinic with Robert Dover and then to the Del Mar International. “After another three weeks of working with Guenter, and the clinic with Robert, I can’t wait to see what Nintendo and Vitalis can do at Del Mar. Guenter and Robert are so great to work with. It’s hard work, but that’s how you make great progress.”

When she’s not working with her horses, Charlotte is working on her Kastel Denmark apparel, which can be seen on riders and sponsor signage at the shows, as well as online at www.kasteldenmark.com.

“I couldn’t do this without the incredible support of my family and friends, and my new coach,” Charlotte said. “I am so lucky to be able to pursue my dreams for my horses and my business. I count my blessings every day.”

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Vitalis and Jorst Complete Final Test at 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses

Verden, Germany – Charlotte Jorst and Vitalis finished a respectable 13th on Sunday in the Final of the six-year-old division at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. The Championship held annually hosts the world’s best up-and-coming dressage talents and often serves as a preview for horses that will represent their countries on the international stage.

Skagen Holding’s Vitalis (Vivaldi x Tolivia/Donnerschwee) was a bit unsettled in Verden’s championship atmosphere on Sunday, but Jorst (Reno, NV) was able to still show quality work. The Dutch Warmblood stallion scored 7.0, 8.5, and 8.2 for his walk, trot, and canter gaits, respectively. His excitement was reflected in the rideability score of 6.7 but the stallion was still rewarded with a 7.8 for his overall impression.

The pair finished Sunday with a score of 7.64.

“Unfortunately Vitalis got pretty excited in the electric atmosphere of the Finals today. Charlotte held her composure and improved her canter score from the first day, but unfortunately the excitement caused some tension in the flying changes,” said USEF Young Horse Dressage Coach Scott Hassler. “Overall, Charlotte and Vitalis represented us very well and generated a lot of positive talk here among trainers, riders, and officials. They are definitely a pair expected to return to the international scene! Charlotte and her trainer, Volker Brommann were a total pleasure with; it was great team work.”

The winner of Sunday’s Six-Year-Old Final was Germany’s Oldenburg gelding Sa Coeur and Eva Moller with an overall score of 9.04.

By Helen Murray

To learn more about the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses, visit: http://www.wbfsh.org/GB/WBYHC.aspx.

Vitalis in Ninth Place in First Qualifier at FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses

Jorst happy with her ride in Verden (USEF Archive)

Verden, Germany – Charlotte Jorst and Vitalis proved their mettle on Friday going head-to-head with the best six-year-olds in the world at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. The combination has qualified to compete in Sunday’s Final by way of finishing ninth out of a field of 41 in Friday’s First Qualifying competition.

Jorst (Reno, NV) and Skagen Holding’s Vitalis (Vivaldi x Tolivia/Donnerschwee) scored 8.24 to slot into the top ten. The Dutch Warmblood was rewarded for his impressive gaits earning 7.0 for the walk, 9.0 for his trot and 8.0 for the canter. Additionally, Vitalis was rewarded for his rideability scoring 8.7. He was assessed with an 8.5 for his overall impression.

Jorst and Vitalis will complete their time in Verden on Sunday in the Final.

The winner of the Six-Year-Old First Qualifying competition was Germany’s Hanoverian gelding Doubleyou W ridden by Laura Stigler to an overall score of 9.28.

To learn more about the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses, visit: http://www.wbfsh.org/GB/WBYHC.aspx.

Jorst and Vitalis Eye Top Results at 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses

Charlotte Jorst and Vitalis (McCool Photography)

Lexington, KY – Charlotte Jorst and Vitalis have travelled to Verden, Germany to represent the U.S. at the 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses this week. The talented pair will compete in the six-year-old division at the annual championship which hosts many of the of most promising young dressage horses from throughout the world.  The 2013 FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses will run August 7-11.

Jorst (Reno, NV) and Skagen Holding’ Vitalis (Vivaldi x Tolivia/Donnerschwee) qualified to compete in Verden by way of a phenomenal performance at the 2013 Markel/USEF Young Horse Dressage Western Selection Trials. The talented Dutch Warmblood stallion scored an overall 9.192 after earning a 9.18 in the FEI Preliminary Test and a 9.20 in the FEI Final Test.

The six-year-old portion of competition at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses gets underway on Thursday, August 8th with the Horse Inspection. Combinations will then contest the First Qualifying competition on Friday. Six-year-old competition comes to a close with Saturday’s Small Final or Sunday’s Final.

For the first time, the USEF has also invited five participants on a tour of the FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses. Learn more about the tour here.