15 Jun Great variety of nations at Future Champions at Hof Kasselmann
Hagen a.T.W. — The Junior riders kicked off this year’s “Future Champions” on Wednesday morning in perfect weather and bright sunshine. A total of 90 horse-rider combinations competed in the opening jumping competition of the CSIOJ, presented by Levien Sails & Drive. The competition was dominated by Charlotte Höing (Stahnsdorf) with her Hanoverian gelding Casio HE, the pair secured victory with the fastest clear round of 62.69 seconds. Second place already showed how diverse this year’s participating nations are, Valentina Arenas Saravia from Guatemala and her gelding Lacido finished the course as the second fastest pair with a time of 65.23 seconds. Third place was again taken by a German combination, Magnus Schmidt (Domstadt Naumburg) and his Hanoverian Quantum also remained clear in 66.35 seconds.
Start to the German stage of the BEMER Young Riders Tour
Hannah Michelle Wilken from Warendorf won the qualification for the BEMER Young Riders Tour Grand Prix with her Hanoverian mare Never Mind during the only German stage of the new series. The 18-year-old and her speedy mare crossed the finish line in 63.52 seconds. And promptly Wilken overflowed with enthusiasm: “Never Mind was simply one hundred percent there again, she gave everything for me and tried hard. It couldn’t have gone better. The plan was to ride fast, but I didn’t expect to win the competition today either. That’s really cool.” Indeed, almost three seconds to the runner-up is a big difference. Ansgar Holtgers Jr (USA) went a little more deliberate with Chaploon and found himself surrounded by female riders in the placings. Maren Hoffmann (Neustadt-Dosse/Mönchengladbach) claimed third place with DSP Cessy.
Young talents from 13 nations conquered the qualification for the BEMER Young Riders Tour at the legendary youth tournament Future Champions at Hof Kasselmann. On Sunday, points for the ranking will be at stake in the Young Riders Grand Prix. Future Champions is the seventh and only German stop of the young riders’ series before the final stop in Kronenberg, the Netherlands, in September.
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