FEI World Breeding show jumping championships begin in Lanaken.
The FEI World Breeding show-jumping championships for young horses are now underway in Lanaken.
The proceedings started with the first qualifying round for the Belgian national championships (senior category) and the Devos brothers Wouter and Peter took centre stage. The former finished in first with Tonik Hero and the latter in second with Dream of India Greenfield in the provisional standings. On day two however and after the second qualifying round the two brothers were leapfrogged in the standings by Nicola Philippaerts with Zilverstat T (Berlin): http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/1083/sta_erg/52_A_ergDEU.htm?style=longines
The first rounds of the international 5, 6 and 7 year-old categories also got underway yesterday. Top of the class so far in the 7 year-old category is Woutland Imagine (Darco) with Belgian rider Koen Vereecke. Following behind in second is Dakar V (Verdi) with Portugal’s Mario Wilson Fernandez and in third is MHS Washington (OBOS Quality) with British horsewoman Laura Renwick.
Italy’s representatives didn’t fare as well and the only Italian to come through with a faultless display was Antonio Campanelli with Diamant della Verdina. Unfortunately for him it wasn’t good enough to go beyond 71st place. Paolo Adamo Zuvadelli with Sushi and Eh Liandero (4 and 8 penalties) and Lorenzo De Luca with Iluna (4 penalties) were the other riders flying the flag for Italy: http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/1083/sta_erg/03_ergDEU.htm?style=longines
Moving onto the 6 year-old category, in first place we find gelding NPS Andre registered with the AES studbook and ridden by Britain’s Laura Mantel. Second place went to Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and his Irish breed Ard Ginger Pop (Luidam) and third place to VDL Groep Ernst (Diamant de Semilly) with Swedish rider Niclas Parmler.
Matteo Riva with Kiwi Kick (Cornet Obolensky) performed well for Italy and didn’t pick up a single penalty to claim 49th place. Fellow Italian Lorenzo De Luca finished in 69th with 4 penalties with his mount Doltaire Chavannaise: http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/1083/sta_erg/02_ergDEU.htm?style=longines
There was better Equestrian World however for Italy in the 5 year-old category as Daniele Cancogni was faultless with both Best Looking Z (Best Man Z), owned by Sandra Acerbi, and Eloisa del Castello (Quite Easy), owned by Giovanni Nobile. Marco Ciucci with Twice Over (Larino) and Andrea Caprara with Abou Sim Bel (Tinka’s Boy) also cleared the course for Italy: http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/1083/sta_erg/01_ergDEU.htm?style=longines
Looking ahead, today the second rounds for the 5, 6 and 7 year-old categories will be taking place as well as the first stage of the category reserved to stallions: the FEI Zangersheide Sires of the world.