Gold, bronze for Netherlands, silver for Germany at European Junior & Young Rider Championships

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Individual European Young Rider medal winners (l to r) Fabienne Lütkemeier, Lotje Schoots and Marrigje van Baalen. © 2009 Digishots
Individual European Young Rider medal winners (l to r) Fabienne Lütkemeier, Lotje Schoots and Marrigje van Baalen. © 2009 Digishots

ERMELO, The Netherlands, Aug. 8–The Netherlands’ Lotje Schoots won gold, Germany’s Fabienne Lütkemeier took silver and the Dutch rider, Marrigje van Baalen, the bronze in individual competition at the FEI European Young Rider Championships Saturday.

In the Junior individuals, Germany’s Sanneke Rothenberger dominated to win gold.

Lotje Schoots rode Torricelli, a horse she fell for when he was two years old. “He was rather ugly at the time,” Lotje laughs, “but he moved in a way that I thought, ‘That’s him.’”

The medal was the 10th for Schoots in youth competitions.

Ghislain Fourage, the Dutch member of the jury, said: “There was no discussion whatsoever about the three winners of the individual medals.

“Lotje Schoots was riding her test in utmost concentration. It looked very harmonious and she certainly mastered her nerves.

“The German, Fabienne Lütkemeier, was a very close runner-up. Her trot was excellent overall her performance was just a little bit less secure than that of Lotje.

“Marrigje van Balen was riding a very controlled and harmonious test and certainly earned her bronze medal.”

Results Individual Young:
1. Lotje Schoots / Torricelli THE NETHERLANDS 74,474%
2. Fabienne Lùtkemeier / D´Agostino GERMANY 74,000%
3. Marrigje van Baalen / BMC Don Cardiale NETHERLANDS 72,158%

In the individual test for Juniors, all three medals were won by German riders.

The supremacy of the German Sanneke Rothenberger was overwhelming.

Riding Deveraux, she scored a total of 76.062 per cent, four percentage points higher than Charlott-Maria Schürmann and World of Dreams with 72.263 per cent. Bronze medal was won by Louisa Lüttgen and her horse Habitus scoring 71.736 per cent.

Results Individual Junior:
1. Sanne Rothenberger /Deveraux GERMANY 76.062%
2. Charlott-Maria Schurmann / World of Dreams GERMANY 72.263%
3. Louisa Luttgen / Habitus GERMANY 71.736%