European Junior & Young Riders Clean Up at Wellington CDI

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Dana Van Lierop on Equestricons Walkuere celebrating their Young Rider team test victory. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Dana Van Lierop on Equestricons Walkuere celebrating their Young Rider team test victory. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Mar. 6, 2015–European riders brought over to help promote dressage swept the international Young Rider team test Friday while Germany’s 14-year-old Junior Felicitas Hendricks posted her sixth straight victory at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

Dutch riders Dana Van Lierop on Equestricons Walkuere on a score of 73.816 per cent and Rosalie Bos on Equestricons Bolita on 71.316 per cent placed first and second in the Young Rider team test with Germany’s Vivien Niemann on Don Vertino on 70.605 per cent placing third.

Felicitas Hendricks, out of Germany for the first time, won the Junior team test on Faible AS with a score of 70.811 per cent over Belgium’s Antonio Arl on Equestricons Ziggy in second on 70.730 per cent and Wellington-based Juan Matute, Jr. of Spain on Dhannie Ymas in third on 70.405 per cent.

The riders said the horses may have been affected by humidity that is unusually high for winter that accompanied temperatures of 82F (27C) but would spend the next week training for the Florida Youth International Championships scheduled for the World Cup event at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center next weekend.

Vivien Niemann on Don Vertino in the Young Rider team test. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Vivien Niemann on Don Vertino in the Young Rider team test. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Both Antonio Arl and Vivien Niemann are regulars in Florida with their parents during the winter but the two Dutch riders are here for the first time.

Dana Van Lierop said, “I love it. It’s so beautiful. The farms here are so amazing.”

Rosalie Bos said of her experience, “Wellington is just a dream for riders. Everything is… just finished.”

For Felicitas who came here with her mother who is related to the Koschel family in Hagen, she has yet to finish out of first place in six starts at Junior levels since their first CDI a month ago.

Antonio Arl on Equestricons Ziggy after their Junior team test. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Antonio Arl on Equestricons Ziggy after their Junior team test. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Results:

Young Rider Team
E: Gribbons – USA H: Romanov – RUS C: Fore – USA M: Armando – ARG B: Hotz – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Van Lierop, Dana NED Equestricons Walkuere 76.579 1 71.711 2 74.079 1 72.763 1 73.947 1 73.816 1
Bos, Rosalie NED Equestricons Bolita 72.105 2 73.553 1 72.632 2 69.737 3 68.553 3 71.316 2
Niemann, Vivien GER Don Vertino 68.684 3 71.053 3 70.789 3 72.105 2 70.395 2 70.605 3
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Quantico Ymas 68.684 3 70.658 4 70.526 4 68.421 4 67.763 4 69.211 4
Moussa, Rakeya CAN Merlin Nemorensis 65.132 8 68.289 5 67.500 6 66.579 5 67.763 4 67.053 5
Strasser-Shostak, Tanya CAN Felicia 66.711 5 65.789 6 65.395 9 66.447 6 66.316 7 66.132 6
Zepernick, Mattie USA Wencenza 66.447 6 63.684 7 67.632 5 64.474 8 66.579 6 65.763 7
Gomez Molina, Pablo ESP Escritor de Ymas II 66.316 7 63.553 8 66.711 7 64.868 7 66.053 8 65.500 8
Dunlop, Ally CAN Danero 63.553 9 62.895 10 64.605 10 62.500 10 64.342 9 63.579 0
Schmidt, Cassie USA Velasquer 62.632 11 61.447 11 65.921 8 63.421 9 63.026 11 63.289 0
Simons, Lillian USA Willoughby 63.289 10 63.421 9 60.000 11 61.579 11 63.684 10 62.395 0
Junior Team
E: Gribbons – USA H: Romanov – RUS C: Fore – USA M: Armando – ARG B: Hotz – USA
Rider Ctzn Horse E Rk. H Rk. C Rk. M Rk. B Rk. T Pl.
Hendricks, Felicitas GER Faible AS 72.838 1 70.000 3 68.919 4 71.351 1 70.946 1 70.811 1
Arl, Antonio BEL Equestricons Ziggy 71.486 2 72.838 1 70.000 2 70.676 2 68.649 3 70.730 2
Matute Jr, Juan ESP Dhannie Ymas 71.486 2 70.270 2 70.405 1 70.270 3 69.595 2 70.405 3
Meghji, Alexandra CAN Iliado II 68.784 4 67.297 4 69.189 3 67.973 4 68.649 3 68.378 4