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Horse Festival of Valkenswaard 5-7th August 2011
Sunday 7th August
The final day of competition at the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard was a huge success for Dutch rider Hen van de Pol, taking the Small, Medium and Big Tour classes against very good competition from an international array of competitors.
Table A with one jump-off
Five of the 19 six year olds and 8 of the 14 seven year olds headed to jump-off to ascertain the best youngster of the Horse Festival. The Six year olds were first to jumped-off before the course was raised for the seven year olds.
Gerco Schroder (NED) bettered his third place posted on Friday with the stallion Eurocommerce VD Groep Zagreb by taking out feature young horse class on the program today.
A good time of 38.29 was set by Phillip Lever (AUS) with his 6 year old Kannan x Quidam de Revel bred gelding that was rounded up later by the seven year olds. The combination eventually sat in third place. “It is only my second show with this horse,” Phil said. “He is a big horse with lots of scope and should be a good horse in the future.”
Schroder was first out of the seven year olds to be very tidily home in a time of 35.91seconds.
Belgian Jody Bosteels was the closest rival finishing clean with a with a time of 37.98 seconds with Hanry Reynten’s 7 year old Action Breaker stallion Explosive III.
“It was a good class and I am pleased with the way the horse jumped and to be second place,” stated a happy Jody as he dismounted. “I am training him to go to the World Young Horse Championships in Lanaken. He was 3rd at the Belgium 7 Year Championships and I have had him for about 2 ½ years.”
Special Invitational 1.15m
Belgium rider Elisa Schepers realised her second rosette for the show as she came in behind winner Joanne Sloan-Allen (IRL) who won yet another class here at the Horse Festival of Valkenswaard.
Elisa was early to go in the jump-off and had no choice but to post the best performance time laying it down for those to come. Her coloured mare Verona set 38.36 to beat. Kim Rothengatter (NED) on VDL Groep Alitta (38.77sec.) and Kelly Hermans (BEL) riding Wilke (39.63) didn’t better Elisa’s time and they placed 3rd and 4th respectively.
It was Irish Joanne Sloan-Allen, one but last to jump-off with Chekane, who took the shorter track to be home one second faster to win. Three classes for the Horse Festival of Valkenswaard with two wins is surely a great way to start a partnership with a new horse. Joanne took the ride on this mare only last week.
Special Invitational 1.25m
There’s no point travelling a long way to an event unless you mean business. And the business of winning was certainly met with success by Brazilian rider Isabella Salles. This young lady has had exceptional performances over the weekend of the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard. Today she won the Special Invitational 1.25m final event by a massive 3 seconds.
Riding the grey mare Umora, Salles eclipsed fast times set by British riders James Payne and Rebecca Marsh with their horses early in the contest. American rider Cortright Wetherill attempted to chase Salles down but could only come home in 35.82 to be second.
Charlotte Casiraghi (MON) was also determined to win with her mare Madison D’Olgy coming home clean in a time of 36.31 seconds to rest in 3rd place.
“Winning this class topped off a great weekend, “said the young Brazilian. ”I have won a few classes and placed well also. This mare won on Friday, was the fastest time yesterday and won again today. The partnership has certainly come together. “
Salles attributes this to good training. “I came here three weeks ago and train with John and Beezie Madden. It is the first time that I have been able to send a lengthy period with them and I have been able to completely follow their systems of management and training and it has paid off. They are truly great people.”
Concluding college this year Salles intends to ride full time now with greatful support from her family. “My dad Paulo will hopefully be here next weekend for the Global Champions Tour to watch. He enjoys the sport and I like him to be part of my life with the horses. I stay for two more weeks before returning to Rio for the Global Champions Tour event and others until the end of November.”
Special Invitational 1.35m
The jump-off of the final 1.35m invitational class on the program for the Horse Festival was an international affair that saw 3 Brits, a Syrian, Brazilian and Dutch rider join two Americas for the jump-off. Four of these went double clean and results set on time given.
Seventeen year old Rebecca Marsh, from Cheshire, UK was second on course with the plan to have a cut knowing that some very good combinations were to follow. The round was stylish and quick as Rebecca could trust her ride Onarco who she has been riding for about 4 years. They showed a clear set of heels and across the finish line in 39.50 seconds.
“I knew Claire Beecroft (UK) was directly after me and knowing she could go fast I had nothing to lose,” commented Rebecca after the ride. “It is the best win for me and 100% worth coming here from England. My mum Mary won here four years ago with this same horse. My parents give me great support and we are really enjoying the Horse Festival.”
Claire Beecroft showed how consistent her and the Sergeant Pepper mare Sally are jumping clear. They were a little slower through the double as the mare appeared to get a little more airborne and they completed in 40.06 to be second.
Dutch rider Lauren van Berkel chose a tighter track with Little Lancer and posted the fastest time 38.88 but felled the oxer at the second last. Brazilian Isabella Salles, who has had a very successful weekend, didn’t quite capitalize on the first available inside line and finished clean in 40.06seconds.
Last to go Flaminia Straumann (USA) chose to produce a nice round from the big jumping grey Tarpan completing clear in 44.84 seconds to be 4th in line.
Small Tour Final – Table A with Jump-off
Homeland victory today for Dutchman Henk van de Pol with the Buckskin ‘Flicka’ in the Small Tour competition that saw 41 strong combinations start. “This 9 year old mare is very, very quick,” Henk said after the round. “ The plan was always to try to win the class as I attempted to do yesterday. If we had not had one down then we would have won that class also, as we had the fastest time. She is a nice second team horse, not a Grand Prix horse, but a winner of classes at this level.”
Jody Bosteels (BEL) scored another good placing to his scorecard for the day, this time a to second place with Coconut 27. This imposing grey ‘Concorde’ gelding has place very consistently over the Global Champions Tour events throughout the series tis year and a great team horse for the Belgium rider.
Swedish competitor Mathilda Karlsson placed third
1st Henk van der Pol Netherlands Flicker 0/0/57.56
2nd Jody Bosteels Belgium Coconut 27 0/0/58.73
3rd Cassinus Sweden Mathilda Karlsson
4th Zeline Rob Heijigers Netherlands 0/0/60.84
5th Calypos Z Eric van der Vleuten 0/0 60.88
6th Zeosina L James Fisher 0/0/61.38
Medium Tour – Table A with jump-off
Henk van der Pol turned in back to back wins today. Immediately following the win in the Small Tour Henk headed to the grassed arena to walk the course for the Medium Tour. Full focus played out well as he won the Medium Tour with John Straagst’s buckskin ‘Chesterfield’.
As 13 of the 45 field jumped-off, all riders were out to win but van der Pols felt confident with his mare’s ability. “I have had this speedy mare for about half a year,” explained Henk. “She has done a lot of local events with her owner and now stepped up to this bigger national event today. The win today is good and she can do a little bit bigger classes in the future. She is very, very careful.”
They were careful and fast winning in a time of 35.88. “We had a good run to fence three and then 7 strides to the double and everything came up well. This is where I think we won the class,” stated Henk.
In form rider of the show Thomas Weinberg claimed 2nd place with Violetta 53 with a time of 36.72 seconds. This 8-year-old Voltaire mare won the Medium Tour class the prior day and is certainly one to look for in Grand Prix’s in the future.
British rider James Fischer, last to go, appeared to have Low river Queen Z motoring as the smooth round ended clean in a time of 36.52 seconds. Not good enough to round up Weinberg and Van der Pol yet smart enough to take the third place spoils.
Big Tour – Table A with Jump-off
When riders are on fire at an event the momentum often carries them to further successes throughout a show.
Henk van de Pol secured 8000 euros and his third tour class today. Having already won the Small and Medium Tour events, Henk put in a very quick jump-off round on Kirfa de Kreisker. The Papillon Rouge mare crossed the timer at 38.47 seconds bettering Gerco Shroder’s earlier set time of 39.20 seconds of on Eurocommerce Vigaro.
“I wanted to win again today,” Henk assured us as he was preparing to head into presentations. “This mare has only been with me for two weeks and has placed already in Grand Prix’s recently. She is extremely capable as proven here today. It would be good to ride her next week in the Global Champions Tour, so I hope to see you here next week.”
Maikel van der Vleuten, who was early to set the pace at 39.69 seconds ended up taking the third position with VDL Groep Vleut.
Results showed a very strong stranglehold by the Dutch in this Big Tour final event on the program of the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard.
The International Concours program of showjumping will commence next Friday 12th August and conclude on Sunday 14th. The feature event, the Global Champions Tour of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, will start at 14h15. For those who are unable to come to this 8th round of 10 in the global series, viewing of the first round can be seen at GCT Live at www.globalchampionstour.com or watched on Eurosport to all countries at 21h00 (CEST).
Photo credit: Sportfot/www.sportfot.com
Below: Gerco Schroder and Eurocommerce Vigaro - winners of the Big Tour 1.45m
The first day of competition at the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard was met with a cooler day but delivered hot competition from the outset. With 500 of the best horses competing over the two weeks of top class show jumping gaining a victory was not for the faint-hearted.
The Young Horse class was a combined event of 6 and 7 year old horses over a two-phase competition. The 6 year olds jumped before the course was raised and the 7 year olds showed what they were made of.
Nineteen 6 year olds and fifteen 7 year olds contested with victory going to the 7 year old bay mare Zanuschka by Sheraton out of an Emilion mare. Ridden by Dutch rider Rob Haijligers the pair, who were out latter in the draw finished clean in a time of 30.04.
“I have had this horses since a 5 year old, “ said Rob. “She is careful, with a bit of blood and a little sensitive but she has won a lot of classes. The mare competed in the World Championship Young horses in Lanarken as a 5 year old and has a lot of good performances on her card.”
The Verhoeven family are the owner breeders and are enjoying seeing the horse compete. ”We are very happy with the performance today and really like to see a horse we have bred do well,” commented Mrs Verhoeven adding, “we continue to breed with the mother of this mare.”
Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) was second with the 6-year-old stallion VDL Groep Astra. The stylish chestnut is by Air Jordan x Fortissimo.
“The VDL Groep have owned this horse since it was a foal,” explained Maikel. “It has been in the VDL Young Horse training barn in Hoogeloon, near Eindhoven, until it came to me 2 years ago. The horse has good balance, is nice to ride and has a good way of going. We want to give him every chance to see if he can be his best. He is approved by Zangersheide and we will continue to pursue his stallion classification.”
Third to yet another Dutch rider Gerco Schroder with the stallion Eurocommerce VDL Groep Zagreb. By Querlybet Hero x Heartbreaker
Medium Tour 1m40 one round against the clock
Fresh off the lorrie and winner in the first Medium Tour class was Adiand the 11-year-old, Ohio van de Paddenborre chestnut stallion, ridden by Belgium rider Constant van Paesschen.
Norwegian Marie Valdar Longem placed 2nd with Rusedski (Darco x Concorde). “I have been riding this horse for a year now after purchasing him from a girl in Norway. He has plenty of experience, as was Robert Whitaker’s speed horse. I have done up to 1.45m classes and used him for speed classes as he is very fast. He has won a lot and placed almost every time for me.” She put in her best round but was rounded up by a Constant. “I went inside 2-3 and also fence 4 to 5 and the winner took ne further inside option and that is where I lost it.”
A happier memory to Valkenswaard today as Marie broke her pelvis at this same show last year. “Yes that was unfortunate but all is healed and I am back into riding. I finished high school last week and travelled down here with my trainer Geir Gulliksen. I will continue to stay on at Stal Tops with my horses for 6 weeks with my team of horses and head to shows in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium.”
Irish rider Mark McAuley firmed up the 3rd place with Maddalena Valenzano Menada’s 8 year old ‘Par Trois’.
Small Tour – Table A against the clock
With 47 starters in the Small Tour it was not going to be an easy feat to be triumphant.
German Thomas Weinberg scored the fastest time of 59.39 with the Drosselklang II bred gelding Dorian Red 2.
“The Drosselklang II bred horses are very intelligent,” said a confident Weinberg. “He knows his job and if there is not a rider error you can always catch the time in a class. He is a super speed horse, very competitive and naturally unbelievably fast.”
The Weinberg’s sold the now 9 year old as a 7 year old and then purchased him back in partnership with sponsor Herman Tilke as an 8 year old. “He has developed really well since a 7 year old and competed with success as an 8 year old in the Aachen Young horse class,” Weinberg discusses his good performances. “Also in 2010 he won in San Remo and in Linz. Again in 2011 in Linz he won 3 classes and was in the top 3 placings in each class he was in at Arezzo, Italy.”
Dutch rider Albert Voorn placed second with Eurocommerce Lexington in a time of 59.57 and Alexandra Thornton who has changed from riding for USA to Great Britain shores went to 3rd place (60.92 secs) with the Quick Star bred mare Noa de Bacon who is owned by Florence Couperie.
Invitational 1.35m – Table A against the clock
British rider Claire Beecroft again found a way to win the 1.35m with her Sergeant Pepper bred mare ‘Sally’ setting a clear round time of 58.17 seconds. Having won the 1.40m at the GCT Invitational class in Monaco and placed in the top 10 at other GCT invitational events this year, they proved that they are a consistent combination.
“I have had this horse for 3 years buying her as a 9 year old in the UK from Cressy Reading.” Claire spoke about the bay mare. “”She is a bit spooky and can get a bit worried about people and surrounds but can always be relied on to jump once she gets going.”
After placing in Valencia, Cannes and Monaco Claire took her back to the UK for a spell before heading to the GCT event in Chantilly and now to Valkenswaard.
“She jumps well when it gets a bit bigger and is awesome if I don’t make a mistake, ” added Claire.
Brazilian rider Isabella Salles steered Carlos (Cappucino x Cor de la Bryere) to a good time of 58.65 seconds but was rounded up by Claire four horses later.
German rider Pia-Katharina Beeking and Flower Boy were second on course setting a time of 59.76 that eventually settled her to 3rd place.
“This gelding is by Cheers Cassini and the mother is Flower the great horse of John Whitaker’s that won at Aachen and Calgary. I have had him for 1 year now and if nothing goes wrong he will be my best horse. Last year he competed in youngster classes and was really good. It was a nice class today and nice warm up for things to come.”
Invitational 1.10m – Table A against the clock
Australian rider Georgina Harvey’s early good efforts to win the 1.20m special invitational on her newly purchased horse Tresor with a time of 60.28 was later pushed aside as Belgian Elisa Schepers came home nearly a second faster (61.03).
Georgina came to Europe to ride and train at Stal Tops about 8 weeks ago with the plan to ride at the Global Champions Tour events in Monaco, Chantilly and here in Valkenswaard. “This horse in particular has fitted very well and it feels like I have been riding him for quite some time” said Georgina. “The shows are also very, very nice as the organisers do their best to make it a good experience for all riders.”
Elisa Scheper’s win with the piebald mare Verona adds another trophy to her collection. “I have had this horse since 2006 and she has already had a foal, yet not coloured,” said Elisa. “Last year I won in Roggel International with her in the invitational 1.15m.”
It is Elisa’s first time competing in Valkenswaard and she is enjoying the win. “I was given this horse as a birthday present from my husband, but he actually bought her to breed with. I won my first start with her but had to wait a year until she was back to competing. I now am waiting for an embryo from her by Arko III.”
Kelly Hermans, also from Belgium, was third with Wilke a bay mare by No Limit in a time of 61.77.
Invitational 1.20m – Table A against the clock
Brazilian lady rider Isabella Salles continues with success today winning the Special Invitational 1.20m with Mosman van de Most’s grey mare ‘Umora’.
Following on her 2nd placing in the 1.35m with another of her team Isabella has finished the day with top success.
She beat home Belgium rider Stephanie Andries bettering her time by over 3 seconds.
Stephanie, who rode her own horse Cicero, was having her first start at the famous Valkenswaard Horse Festival. “ Really this is the first time to compete here and I am very happy wit how things have gone,” she said. “A group of us decided to share the costs of coming here, taking a VIP table and entering our horses. We are having a great time. Of course doing well is very good and I hope that it stays like this over the two weeks of competition.”
Below: Thomas Weinberg and Dorian Red 2 winners of the Small Tour 1.35m
Being a partner of a dealer has difficulties of its own she explains. “I ride horses with my partner Carl Cox, and the horses don’t often stay with us for long. However, this horse was bought for me by my parents about a year and a half ago and it is here to stay for me. He is a very nice horse and does everything to stay clean and help me out. He is a great amateur horse.”
Italian rider Maddalena Valenzano Menada to third place with Quidana fulfilling a good day for her team also as her team rider Mark McAuley placed 3rd in the previous Medium Tour 1.40m.
Big Tour 1.45m
The last class on the busy schedule saw the sun shining on the spectators and also on Gerco Schroder (NED) who won the class convincingly with the very nice stallion Eurocommerce Vigaro.
Gerco has a lot of time for this stallion. “He came to me 6 months ago from Roelof Bril. We have seen this good horse since he was a 4 year old being brought along nicely and now we had a chance to do something with him.”
Gerco has already set plans for him. “I am doing big classes at smaller events and by the end of the year I have the plan to start him in classes in bigger international shows. Today was a good step. He is a very nice horse and very good in the mind. Over summer we have been using frozen semen and his progeny on the ground are looking very good.”
Saturday 6th August, 2011
The Horse Festival in Valkenswaard continued today with another full program of classes. Perfect conditions were presented for the 500 or more horses in attendance and the thousands of knowledgeable equestrian spectators coming from all over the world to take part in this popular events in The Netherlands.
Young Horses Table A – One round
13 from 36 starters in the 6 & 7-year-old horses jumped clean in the one round table A with the best time determining the winner. The track was flowing with true distances, two one stride doubles and a liverpool under an oxer were enough challenges for the young horses.
Filipe Ramos Guinato (BRA) won the Young Horse class riding Silvia Balsco Villalonga’s Stallion Quoit Or.
“I have had the ride on this horse since it was a 4 year old as Silvia bought it especially for me to ride,” commented Filipe. “The dividends are paying off with this very nice horse and I am very happy with the way he is making good progress though the young horse classes. This French bred stallion (L’Arc de Triomphe x Le Toto) has very good prospects for the future if all goes to plan.
Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) continued to excel with VDL Groep Aristo Z, owned by Stoeterij Duyselshof. The six-year-old stallion by Air Jordan was placed 2nd also yesterday being the best performed 6 year old.
Line Raaholt from Norway, was third with Hestecompanier’s 6 year old Abrisco V.
Small Tour 1.35m
Speed king Thomas Weinberg (GER) replicated his win of yesterday with Dorian Red 2 in the Small Tour. Weinberg was able to round up American rider Cara Raether & Hopes are High Z ‘s time of 38.28 as he came home in 38.19 seconds.
Although defeated by a fraction of a second Cara was still pleased with her horse.
“Heading into the jump-off I knew that Edwina had done 7 down the last line and this was the question for me as I entered the course. I did a tight turn onto the 2 verticals and it paid off.”
“I have had this horse for about 18 months having purchased him from Dutch rider Ruben Romps who rode him in Young Rider classes in Europe. He has worked very well for me and is the speedster of my team. Last summer I came to Europe and competed for the USA with him. He is a naturally fast horse and very good in those situations.”
Cara is at the end of her summer tour in Europe and heads home to Trelawny Farm located in Bedford, New York about 40 miles north-east of New York City.
“The Horse Festival and Concours International will be my last two events in Europe this summer before I head home for a few more events. I have been competing and training here with 7 horses at Johan Heinze’s place in Belgium since June.”
Edwina Alexander (AUS) was third with the Kannan bred gelding Quimono de la Roque that she has been bringing along for the past year stating, “I was happy with the 7 year old horse today. I could take a chance in the jump-off.”
Medium Tour 1.40m Table A Against the Clock
Thomas Weinberg (GER) continues to blitz his opponents, taking his second win at the Horse Festival of Valkenswaard. Competing on another of Herman Tilke’s horses Weinberg captained the bay mare Violetta to a fast time one round in 66.77.
They pushed Dutch rider Henk van de Pol and the buckskin Chesterfield to second (67.52sec). Although Thomas’s mother Helena Stormanns late attempt to win with John Popley’s Spence II appeared to be close they held to 3rd place with a time of 70.29.
Weinberg commented on the course: “Although the course was not overly technical it required a very fast horse to win the class. There were a few turns that could be made. A lot of fences fell, particularly the oxer that had to be jumped turning out of a corner from the short side, with many taking the back bar.”
He has plenty of time for this winning 8-year-old Voltaire mare. “She is another very competitive horse of mine. In fact, this weekend I have bought all of my speed type horses. She has a lot of blood bordering on being crazy. I think that edge gives her the speed in the ring – she is like a rocket ready to explode. I have to be careful riding her as she cuts corners and eats the inside line a lot and I have to watch I don’t know a fence down with my foot. She is a real fighter and I think she will develop into a nice Grand Prix horses in a few years.”
Big Tour 1.45m
Belgian rider Constant van Paesschen set a very secure time of 68.34 with his stallion Adiand as first to go in the jump-off in the Big Tour.
Jane Davies, who crossed the channel from the UK to ride at the Horse Festival in Valkenswaard, chased Constant down in a time of 68.20 seconds. However, coming hot on their heels was very experienced international Edwina Alexander (AUS). Riding her up and coming star Mel D’Argences Edwina took every shortened line with the Quick Star mare and was home free in a time of 67.41 to take the win.
Irish competitor Joanne Sloan-Allen took out the Special Invitational 1.15m with Chekane beating home two Belgian riders Kelly Hermans (Wilke) and Fanny Machiels (Uquique)
Joanne was happy with the results. “The mare Chekane only came to me last Sunday and I decided to start her in a small class. She is a super mare and very careful and can really jump. Hopefully she will be a good one for the future.”
Joanne comes to Europe each year with a team and this year has brought 8 horses. “We base in Belgium, at Carol Cox’s place: horses, three kids and crew in tow.” She said. “It is so far to travel from Ireland so we normally stay the summer.” It’s great for a success today as last year just before this event I broke my leg and was so disappointed that I couldn’t compete.”
“Valkensaard is my favourite event to come to and I always have success. My kids have grown up coming here as I never miss a year. The two weeks of jumping is a great place to start new horse sand produce the ones that are going even further.”
Joanne added, ”The ground is always perfect, the jumps excellent and the horses gain so much good experience.”
1.25m Special Invitational saw British rider Claire Beecroft fill the top two positions in this class. Having had many successes at the GCT events this season this is a further consolidating result for Claire.
First to go in the jump-off winning horse Melton came home in 58.76 and although Claire rode Sally in the jump-off towards the end of the class she could improve on the time set with finishing on 62.38.
Cortright Wetherill from the USA filled third with Happy Hill Farm’s bay mare ‘Whoops’.
An all woman line-up in the prize giving for the 1.35m with Italian rider Maddalena Valenzano Menada winning by 3 seconds with her mare Quidana.(38.65seconds).
Maddalena discusses the jump-off. “I knew I had to be fast even though there were not so many in the jump-off. To be honest the first round track was quite testing and it was an unexpected surprised that I was clean.”
“Quindana is a very careful horse but you need to ride as accurately as possible to win so I was very pleased with the final result. This summer I have had more time to ride and train with good preparations coming to Valkenswaard. My trainer Mark McAuley and I have been working on every single detail. It is a good team effort; family, crew, trainer and horse!”
German rider Pia-Katharina Beeking filled second and third place with Solem’s Ticket (41.23secs.) and Flower Boy (45.69secs).
“Solem’s Ticket is my best horse and normally I jump him in bigger classes. Yesterday he was not so good so with today’s good rounds I am pleased.” Said Pia, adding. “I didn’t see Maddalena go as I jumped from Flower Boy to warm up Solem’s Ticket. I tried to go fast but it was not enough to catch her very good time. My round was smooth and I had a good rhythm so all was good in that respect.”
Tomorrow, Sunday 7th August will have a busy program of events with the final of the CSI 2* Small, Medium and Big Tours, Young Horses, and Special Invitational events.
FULL RESULTS available at http://results.scgvisual.com/2011/valkenswaard/
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