KWPN Championships: phenomenal winners Blom Cup
Today, the audience was treated to the thrilling finals of the Blom Cup, the exciting eventing championships and the first edition of the Young Jumping Foal Sale.
Ipsthar wins once again
After his victory in the stallion competition this winter, the KWPN-approved Ipsthar (s.Denzel van ‘t Meulenhof out of Vestha stb prest by Farmer, bred by J. Moerings of Oud Gastel) (pictured) also won the Blom Cup for five-year-old jumping horses. In an exciting final, filled with quality young talents, Bas Moerings steered the stallion to a spectacular fast time. What makes it extra special is that the stallion is bred, owned and ridden by the Moerings family. The top 8 horses have placed themselves for the World Breeding Jumping Championships in Lanaken.
New partnership Hally Berry & Joost Martens pays off
Only a combination for just a few weeks now and already securing a major: Joost Martens and the Gaillard de la Pomme-mare Hally Berry (out of Isabel stb prest by Zeoliet, bred by Jan Janssen) (pictured above). The pair was fast and furious in the jump-off, holding off six other competitors, amongst them vice-champion Bert-Jan Zuidema and Hymabalia (Indoctro out of Mabalia NW prest by Starsky de Brix, bred by Johan Heins). The best 9 combinations have placed themselves for Lanaken in September.
Elvis ter Putte-son Jub scores the highest points of 4-year-olds
Scoring an 8.4 and a 7.7, Jub (Elvis ter Putte out of Bubertha elite EPTM-spr sport-spr PROK by Vigo d’Arsouilles, bred by Xavier van Heertum) owned by Foal Power BV and ridden by Ester Blekkink, scored the highest points. “This seems to be a very good jumping horse, one that is careful and has a lot of scope. He has a good character and rideability,” explained Dirk Demeersman, who judged the four-year-olds in the final together with Roelof Bril. The KWPN-approved stallion Jamboree TN (Vigo d’Arsouilles out of Belle Amie II S elite EPTM-spr sport-spr PROK by Carolus II, bred by Family van Straaten) of Paul Leijser and Team Nijhof came in a close second place with 8.3 and 7.7, after winning the semi-final with Zoï Snels. The latter also took the third place, now with Jappeloup (Calvaro Z out of Fabilous by Heartbreaker, bred by W.B.A. Nijhof of Haaksbergen) of Team Nijhof.
Gogo Karla V fights in a superior way to Blom Cup title
A few weeks ago, Willem Greve predicted a place on the stage with Zirocco Blue-daughter Gogo Karla V (out of Bokarla V elite EPTM-spr PROK by Indoctro, bred by Gea and Andries Veenstra) and he kept his word. Champion of the seven-year-olds! “Incredible, this mare instantly gave a good feeling and this result here is fantastic!” Earlier this year, he bought the mare together with Marc and Julia Houtzager. Willem Greve had more success, he also placed third with the KWPN-approved Grandorado TN (Eldorado van de Zeshoek out of Charmieque elite IBOP-spr EPTM-spr sport-spr PROK by Carolus II, bred by D.J. Verhoeven and M. Rietberg) that kept setting clear rounds in the final. A total of 9 KWPN-horses advance to the world championships in Lanaken.
Jan Greve’s horses 1 and 2 in championships eventer horses
The championships for five-year-old eventer horses were dominated by horses out of the stables of Jan Greve. Champion Watermill Intentie W (v.Van Gogh) grabbed the lead directly in the dressage and never gave in on his head start. The gelding was professionally presented by Alice Naber-Lozeman. The German jury Ernst Topp and Patrick Verbakel awarded an 8 for his technique and balance, an 8 for rideability and a 9 for canter. The number 2, Iso Kwik W was ridden by Christoffer Forsberg. This darkbay mare received an 8.5, 8 and 8. The highest points in the cross were awarded to number 3, It’s a Kind of Magic, ridden by Elaine Pan: a 9, 7.5 and 9. The rideability of the mare stood in the way of a higher placement.
Photos (C): Sandra Nieuwendijk