After its cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid Pandemic, the FEI – WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships for Young Horses returned to Lanaken with a wonderful celebration of world breeding with studbooks, riders and visitors from all over the world enjoying the exciting and exhilarating show.
The event was a perfect example in how to run a covid-safe international show that allowed everyone to be comfortable and enjoy their time. For those who were not vaccinated, testing stations outside the entrance provided an excellent, timely service. Those who were vaccinated were issued with special armbands that allowed unhindered access for the duration.
The event enjoyed great support from around the world, with riders from as far afield as South Africa and the United Arab Emirates joining the strong field of representatives from European nations.
In the 5-year-olds Championship, 55 horses had qualified for the Final. It was a great reflection of the quality of the young horses coming forward that 16 qualified for the jump off, representing no fewer than 10 different studbooks, with particularly strong representation from Zangersheide, who had 4 horses in the jump off, and the Irish Sport Horse who were represented with 3 horses. In the end, it was the Belgian Warmbloods who dominated, taking 1st and 2nd position. The winning combination was a great example of international collaboration at the very top of the sport. Querido VG Z was bred by the Belgian breeder Alois van Gorp, is owned by Zangersheide and was ridden by the German Christian Ahlmann, who, of course, has enjoyed much success with Querido’s sire Dominator.
This family really is a piece of Lanaken history, with Dominator’s mother, Cephale 2000, herself having impressed here as a 6-year-old. The great standard shown by these promising young horses indicates that the future of the sport is very bright. We look forward to seeing many of them again in Lanaken next year!
In the Final of the 6-year-olds, 40 horses had qualified from 10 different studbooks. With a field dominated by the great showjumping nations of Ireland, Belgium - represented with 5 BWP and no fewer than 12 Zangersheide entries -, and France, between them making up well over half of the entries, it was nevertheless the Westfalians who succeeded and who took 1st and 2nd position.
The winner was Philipp Weisshaupt for whom it was the very first time at the World Breeding Championships at Lanaken. He rode Cronos, a son of Cornet Obolensky, bred by Werner Buschsieweke and owned by Joachim and Ursula Rosendahl. New to the competition, Philipp Weisshaupt concentrated in his first qualifying round on giving his horse a nice ride, and found himself in 95th position overall, due to having rather taken his time to get around the course.
The pair soon stepped up the tempo, and came in 5th place the very next day. In the final jump off, they found another gear and finished in 33.77 seconds, an impressive lead over Angelique Rüsen with Crowny NW, by Crown Z, who secured second place with 35.08 seconds.
The 7-year-old Final delivered special excitement for spectators and participants. 12 studbooks were represented with 41 horses, and in addition to the usual big showjumping studbooks, it was wonderful to see representation from some of our smaller members, such as the Studbook for Slovenian Warmblood Horses’s Luigi U.B. who gained a creditable 7th place under the saddle of the Rumanian rider Lisa Candin. The course was very challenging with many horses and riders struggling to get round clear within the time. This was particularly hard on Olivier Philippaerts with his Kannan daughter Odiena van Berimar, who exceeded the time limit by 0.04 seconds, thus gaining a 1 point penalty, which kept them out of the jump off. In the end, only four horses jumped clear within the time. It was now time for the KWPN to dominate by gaining 1st and 2nd place. The convincing winner in this hard-fought and challenging competition was the mare Just A Dream, by Zirocco Blue, who was bred by Fam. Nooren, is owned by Gestüt Eichenhain and was ridden by Harm Lahde.
We would like the thank the organisers for another wonderful show at Lanaken with excellent organisation and exciting and enjoyable competitions.
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