With a big lead, the great Kjento (Negro x Jazz) and rider Charlotte Fry became world champion for seven-year-old dressage horses during the Longines FEI/WBFSH Dressage World Breeding Championships for Young Horses. In a sun-drenched final, the expressive KWPN stallion, bred by A.J. van Os, stood out above the rest of the podium.
The jury only had superlatives for the trot of the black KWPN stallion. “What an exciting and well-moving horse,” commentating jury Maria Swenessen from Australia began. ‘A pleasure to judge, but with a trot with so much balance, upward urge and collection, the question arises: ‘How high can you go?.’ Only the very highest was enough, the only 10 in the final was awarded. Kjento’s upward canter with a lot of power and active walk were also highly appreciated, which was reflected in his score. The fact that the jury has a lot of confidence in the seven-year-old stallion was apparent from the 9.8 for perspective that was awarded, which meant that the world championship could no longer escape him.
Charlotte Fry couldn’t help but shine after the final. ”It was so exciting after my test, there were still four combinations to start. I’ve only been walking around nervous and waiting, but now I’m enjoying the win!’ The World Champion is a joy to work with according to the rider; ”Kjento is super chill to handle, in the stable it is almost a gelding. But as soon as I pick up the reins, he’s there and super sharp. He is the perfect horse.” During the test, the combination really enjoyed themselves despite the pressure to maintain its favorite position after last year’s win. “We went for more power this test and he delivered everything I asked for. Of course there is pressure to show that he is still as great as he was, but I really don’t have to worry about that with him,” Charlotte concludes.