Spain 1st of 6 Teams to Go in European Under-25 Championships

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World No. 1 under-25 combination of Anne Meulendijks and MDH Avanti of the Netherlands in the veterinary check for the European Championships. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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.

Juliette Piotrowski with Sir Diamond on the German team at the European Under-25 Championships. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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.

Quantico Ymas appears to be keeping a wary eye on the officials during the European Championships Under-25 veterinary check despite Juan Matute, Jr. smiling. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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.

Sille Engermann and Darius of Denmark. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Josefin Gyllenswärd and Don Angelo at the veterinary check at the European Under-25 Championships. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Karoline Valenta and Valenta’s Diego of Austria. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

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