Greece Takes Gold in 9 of 10 Events in Balkan Championships

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Junior Team medals at the FEI Balkan Dressage Championshps--Greece gold, Turkey silver and Bulgaria bronze. © FEI/Alexis Valilopoulos
Junior Team medals at the FEI Balkan Dressage Championshps–Greece gold, Turkey silver and Bulgaria bronze. © FEI/Alexis Valilopoulos

ATHENS, July 5, 2016–Greek combinations claimed gold in nine of 10 categories at the FEI Balkan Dressage Championships on home ground in Athens but Croatia’s Vanda Ljolje on Belgian-bred pony mare Ashen Dew Drop prevented a sweep by taking the children’s Individual title.

Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Turkey as well as Greece competed in the 49th year of the championships and at the Olympic Equestrian Center in Markopoulo for the second time.

Results:

Children’s Team Championship: Gold – Greece 182.200 (60.733) – Nocsley (Despoina Sidira) 64.133, Grace (Eirini Retsou) 59.833, Cassian (Foivi Algiannaki) 58.233, Odysseas (Natalia Fragiadaki) 52.933: Silver – Bulgaria 173.667 (57.889) – Fantastico (Yasna Sredkova) 59.400, Capuchino (Ivet Georgieva) 57.333, Roccabella (Ava Hristozova) 56.933, Living on the Moon (Madlin Naydenova) 49.733.

Junior Team Championship: Gold – Greece 190.311 (63.437%) – Zidane (Theodora Livanos) 67.014, Widoc Timbre (Lavinia Macropoulou) 62.297, Sir Kavalier (Elisavet Maika) 61.00, Fairytale (Eleni Retsou) Elim; Silver – Turkey 187.878 (62.626) – Amore E Gloria (Dila Akbacakoglu) 65.135, Zayson F (Irem Kaplan) 63.946, Polygraf (Derin Lara Ekici) 58.797, Bimgo (Lara Tumay) 56.676; Bronze – Bulgaria 174.568 (58.189) – Preslav (Katerina Tsvetanova) 60.703, Lukrecia (Mirela Raikova) 57.649, Don Corleone (Stephanie Nesheva) 56.216, Marc Antony Z (Irina Nikolova) 55.162.

Senior Team Championship: Gold – Greece 191.211 (63.737) – Rafaello 4 (Christina Sachinoglou) 65.105, Huligan (Evangelia Koupenou) 63.132, Baiao (Stelios Stavroulakis) 62.974, Hope for the Future (Antonio Tsamandoura) 62.971; Silver – Bulgaria 180.947 (60.316) – Ambrozia (Raiko Ganukov) 63.974, Haga (Veselina Sokolova) 59.789, Riverdance (Boriana Kroumova) 57.184; Bronze – Turkey 177.921 (59.307) – Santos (Sarkis Mura Saricoban) 63.868, Clockwork (Melda Alaluf) 58.132, Pluto 79 (Ebru Adas) 55.921.

Children’s Individual Championship: Gold – Ashen Dew Drop (Vanda Ljolje) CRO 73.438; Silver – Nocsley (Despoina Sidira) GRE 63.656; Bronze – Cassian (Foivi Algiannaki) 62.781.

Junior Individual Championship: Gold – Zidane (Theodora Livanos) GRE 68.974; Silver – Hamlet VD Stuyver (Bojana Stojanov) SRB 68.947; Bronze – Widoc Timbre (Lavinia Macropoulou) 63.342.

Junior Freestyle Championship: Gold – Zidane (Theodora Livanos) GRE 74.600; Silver – Hamlet VD Stuyver (Bojana Stojanov) SRB 71.325; Bronze – Amore E Gloria (Dila Akbacakoglu) TUR 66.104.

Young Riders Individual Championship: Gold – Djona’s Figaro (Isabella-Nina Ravini) GRE 61.158; Silver – Di Cabrio (Merve Ozgundogan) TUR 57.184; Bronze – Cerano (Krassina Krusteva) BUL 56.342.

Young Riders Freestyle Championship: Gold – Djona’s Figaro (Isabella-Nina Ravini) GRE 61.850.

Senior Individual Championship: Gold – Quanderas (Angela Sklavounos) GRE 67.842; Silver – Rafaello 4 (Christina Sachinoglou) GRE 65.921; Bronze – Huligan (Evangelia Koupenou) GRE 63.368.

Senior Freestyle Championship: Gold – Rafaello 4 (Christina Sachinoglou) GRE 68.275; Silver – Huligan (Evangelia Koupenou) GRE 66.225; Bronze – Quanderas (Angela Sklavounos) GRE 65.250.