Sport’s future in good hands – Future Champions 2022 a great success

Sport’s future in good hands – Future Champions 2022 a great success

Hagen a.T.W. — Germany’s only Youth Nations Cup tournament also delivered many highlights on the last day. Now all “Future Champions”, i.e. all big future hopes for dressage and jumping have been found. Organiser Ullrich Kasselmann was also pleased: “We have experienced wonderful, sunny days together, with an atmosphere that can hardly be topped. We were able to enjoy the best sport in the world and saw riders who will represent their nations at the Olympic Games in the coming years. To provide a base for the riders here to do so makes us particularly proud.”

Children made the start

The youngest riders in the children’s age group were the first to demonstrate their skills on course. In the CSIOCh FEI Grand Prix, presented by JH Reitsport, a Dutch combination was thrilled with their victory. Renske van Middendorp and her mare Dos Lunas Galaxie finished both rounds clear and had the best time with 38.98 seconds. Almost one second slower was the best German pair, Tony Stormanns and Dia Nova with 39.95 seconds. Third place went to Spanish rider Uxue Arruza Rodriguez and Clarin de Llamosas with 40.58 seconds.

Youngest rider in the lead

The winning ribbons in the Grand Prix of the pony jumpers were contested just as fiercely. In the CSIOP, presented by Schockemöhle Sports, the youngest competitor of the entire show finished in front: 13-year-old British rider Noora von Bülow and her lightning-fast pony Elando van de Roshoeve left the competition behind with a time of 44.55 seconds and were delighted with the victory. An Irish combination came second, Paddy Reape and Valma de Fougnard finished in 46.41 seconds. Third place went to Switzerland, Laura Andre and Clementine remained clear in 49.44 seconds.

Freestyle victory for Helena Schmitz-Morkramer and DSP Lifestyle

Helena Schmitz-Morkramer and DSP Lifestyle crowned their successful week with a gold ribbon in the Young Riders CDIO Freestyle, presented by the Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation. They received almost 80 percent for their performance. Lucie-Anouk Baumgürtel on Zinq Hugo FH was left behind this time, 76.042 percent meant third place. A pair from Denmark slid in between the two riders from Germany: Sophia Ludvigsen and Blue Hors Elliott received 77.933 percent from the international Ground Jury. 

Series of victories for German pony riders

The German pony dressage riders continued their winning streak. In the freestyle of the CDIO Tour for ponies, presented by the Liselott and Klaus Rheinberger Foundation, two German combinations placed at the top. Carolina Miesner danced away from everyone with her Palomino gelding Novellini, they received 78.383 percent for their performance. They were closely followed by Julie Sofie Schmitz-Heinen and her successful pony Carleo Go, who achieved a final score of 77.967 percent. Last on the podium was Virginia Spönle from Italy, she achieved a score of 77.442 percent with her stallion Coer Noble.

A successful week lies behind the German teams. Especially in the dressage, the teams of the Pony Riders, Children, Juniors and Young Riders excelled, they all managed to win their age group in the Nations Cups, but also showed fantastic individual scores. The Minister of the Interior and Sport of Lower Saxony, Boris Pistorious, personally convinced himself of the sporting significance of Future Champions on Sunday: “The equestrian youth of the world comes together here to compete for the titles in the Nations Cups s and it is fun to watch. This is great for Hof Kasselmann as a location and of course also for the equestrian state of Lower Saxony.”

Future Champions 2023 will take place at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen a.T.W. from 13-18 June 2023. 

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