Kastels Zhaplin Langholt Ridden by Charlotte Jorst Midway to American Scores to Qualify for World Championships

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Kastels Zhaplin Langholt being ridden by Charlotte Jorst in the Global Dressage Festival seeking to qualify for six-year-old championships. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 24, 2019–Charlotte Jorst rode Kastel’s Zhaplin Langholt on Sunday to a second score of more than 82 per cent for the six-year-old Final test that puts the American partnership halfway toward qualifying for the World or United States Young Horse Championships.

Charlotte and the Danish Warmblood gelding (Zonik x Stedinger) was awarded 82.200 per cent by the single judge in the Global Dressage Festival national competition. The pair posted a result of 82.400 per cent a week earlier, also at Global. Among U.S. requirements for the world championships are two Young Horse Final scores of 8.2 at designated qualifying events.

Charlotte of Reno, Nevada returned to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center this winter for the first time since February 2017 to compete her string of newly acquired horses, including Zhaplin Langholt and the five-year-old Zoega. She works with Ulf Möller of Germany, one of the foremost young horse trainers and is part of the Andreas Helgstrand training and sales operation in Europe and the United States.

Charlotte competed her Vitalis as a six-year-old in the world championships in 2013.

She leaves with the horses for Europe next week where she intends to earn two preliminary scores required by the U.S. Equestrian Federation for consideration for the world championships in Ermelo, Netherlands the first week of August., She may, though, opt to ride instead in the national championships in the Chicago area later the same month.

Charlotte Jorst and Kastel’s Zhaplin Langholt competing at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival. © 2019 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

No U.S. horse has competed in the world championship centerpiece five and six-year-old divisions the past two years, the longest absence by America since records are available going back to 2006.

“Although it’s so early in the season he continues to improve,” Charlotte said of Zhaplin Langholt that was competed as a five-year-old by Andreas at the world championships last year. The horse scored 90.00 in the preliminary test but was eliminated in the final.

“We are very impressed with the ease he does all the upper level things. Like Ulf is saying his competitors might not even have a flying change yet. He is going to Europe next week with the goal of continuing to qualify him for Ermelo and Chicago.

“My goal was to have young horses this year and the next so I’m very excited that it’s actually happening.”