Spain 1st of 6 Teams to Go in European Under-25 Championships
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By KENNETH J. BRADDICK
LAMPRECHTSHAUSEN, Austria, Aug. 31, 2017–Spain will be the first of six nations to start Friday in the second European Championships for Under-25 riders, created as a bridge between youth competitions and the senior ranks.
A total of 27 riders made up of the six teams of up to four combinations each with one drop score plus individuals from three other countries.
The teams are: Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Austria. Individuals are from Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
Seven of the world’s top 10 combinations are competing, including No. 1 Anne Meulendijks and MDH Avanti of the Netherlands.
However, Diana Porsche and Di Sandro OLD, the second highest ranked pair, had to pull out when the horse had to be taken to the veterinary clinic with undiagnosed symptoms leaving the home side Austrian team with three pairs.
Juan Matute, Jr., the Florida-based teenage star for Spain, decided to compete Quantico Ymas here after the pair swept the Lövsta Future Challenge International Under-25 that was staged alongside the European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden last week. He had originally entered Don Diego Ymas here but Quantico was performing so well he opted to compete the horse here.
Order of go:
European Championship U-25 Team Competition
Judges--E: Katrina Wuest (GER) H: Raphael Saleh (FRA) C: Francis Verbeek (NED) M: Leif Törnblad (DEN) B: Elisabeth Max-Theurer (AUT) Time Rider Nat.Horse 1. 12:30 Mateusz CICHON* POL HERZREGENT 2 2. 12:38 Luis CERRILLO SOPENA ESP SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER 3. 12:47 Johan WESSNER SWE STERLING G 4. 12:55 Michala Mejlgaard JENSEN DEN TREBIZ 5. 13:04 Ninja RATHJENS GER EMILIO 111 6. 13:12 Jeanine NIEUWENHUIS NED TC ATHENE 7. 13:21 Barbora MARESOVA CZE PLESANT 8. 13:29 Antonio LAIZ ZANDIO ESP GEJLHOLMS MENOTTI 9. 13:38 Timna ZACH AUT QUANTICO 10.14:00 Mathilde HANNELL SWE DEELA MAE 11.14:08 Marlene STORKBORG DEN FRITZ 12.14:17 Juliette PIOTROWSKI GER SIR DIAMOND 13.14:25 Maxime VAN DER VLIST NED BAILEY 14.14:34 Erik BALASCH GONZÁLEZ ESP DORADO 69 15.14:42 Franziska FRIES AUT ATOMIC 16.14:51 Lina JÖNSSON SWE QUENTIN 17.14:59 Andrina SUTER SUI AXIOM 18.15:08 Victoria E. VALLENTIN DEN FABIENNE 19.15:30 Bianca NOWAG GER FAIR PLAY RB 20.15:38 Tamara-Lucia ROOS SUI AMARETTO XII 21.15:47 Denise NEKEMAN NED BOSTON STH 22.15:55 Juan MATUTE GUIMON ESP QUANTICO YMAS 23.16:04 Karoline VALENTA AUT VALENTA'S DIEGO 24.16:12 Josefin GYLLENSWÄRD SWE DON ANGELO 25.16:21 Sille ENGERMANN DEN DARIUS 26.16:29 Lisa-Maria KLÖSSINGER GER FBW DAKTARI 27.16:38 Anne MEULENDIJKS NED MDH AVANTI