Fabienne Lütkemeier & D’Agostino 2010 Young Rider World Cup Champions

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Fabienne Lütkemeier and D'Agostino
Fabienne Lütkemeier and D'Agostino

FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec. 18–Fabienne Lütkemeier and D’Agostino won the 2010 Young Rider World Cup Final Saturday night, narrowly beating German team mate Sanneke Rothenberger and Deveraux OLD for the only annual global championship of dressage for young riders.

In their last year at Young Riders, Fabienne and the 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding scored 79.00 per cent, a scant 0.25 per cent ahead of Sanneke and the nine-year-old black gelding who scored 78.750 per cent in the sixth year of the Young Rider World Cup. Denmark’s Anna Kasprzak on Langkjaergaard’s Donna Fetti was third on 74.70 per cent.

Other placings in the “A” Final of the top seven combinations were:

4. Danielle van Mierlo and BMC Ucento of the Netherlands 71.550 per cent
5. Tahnee Waelkens and Sandiegobese of Belgium 66.55 per cent
6. Sara Bergström Källström and Gina Tricot Diezel of Sweden 63.950 per cent
7. Meagan Davis and Bentley of USA 63.60 per cent.

The German riders had dominated the competition from the start and the five judges split their placings with three giving Fabienne the nod and three going to Sanneke–one judge gave them both the same marks.

The two pairs finished in the same order as their top two placings at the European Young Rider Championships in Ermelo, the Netherlands, in July.

In addition to riding, Fabienne is studying International Business. “It is sometimes difficult to combine sport and study, but it works,” she said.

The championship in the stadium in downtown Frankfurt was marked by top sport, snowfalls driven by strong winds and the first American to make the top final since the start of the Young Rider World Cup in 2005.

The event has generated global excitement, drawing horses and riders from around the world.

Of the 14 competitors, five came from outside Europe: Megan Bryant and Donnabella from Australia, Victoria Raskalla and Large Times from Brazil, Jaimie Holland and Fleurina from Canada, Georgia Worth and Veritas from New Zealand and the USA’s Meagan Davis and Bentley.

That roster is more impressive than the 2010 senior World Cup Final that was missing a combination from North America for the first time in its history with only two non-European competitors, from Australia and Brazil.

The “B” Final on Sunday was won by Austria’s Nicole Osterwald on Colani-Sing with a score of 66.90 per cent.

Other placings were:
2. Melissa Beer and Celestial King of Great Britain 66.60 per cent
3. Pauline Leclercq and Khallgazel du Maupas of France 66.40 per cent
4. Megan Bryant and Donnabella of Australia 64.85 per cent
5. Jaimie Holland and Fleurina of Canada 64.80 per cent
6. Victoria Raskalla and Large Times of Brazil 59.50 per cent
7. Georgia Worth and Veritas of New Zealand 54.05 per cent

Complete Freestyle scores: YR WC FS