OG Tokyo: tomorrow first leg of team championships
Tomorrow at 12.00hrs Dutch time, the qualification for the team final of showjumping is programmed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. In this first leg, eight KWPN-horses will make their appearance.
Today it was announced that the Netherlands will be the 19th, and thus the last nation, to start. First Willem Greve and the Canturano-daughter Zypria S N.O.P will enter the ring, followed by Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof’s Dante N.O.P sport-spr (Canturano out of Zidante ster IBOP-spr sport-dr D-OC by Phin Phin, bred by J.W.J. Soeter in Stokkum) and lastly the bronze medalist Maikel van der Vleuten and his Bustique-offspring Beauville Z. They await a classic 1.65m course.
The eight KWPN-horses and two KWPN-recognized stallions Vancouver de Lanlore (s.Toulon) and Quabri de l’Isle (s.Kannan) represent the Netherlands, Morocco, Egypt, Argentina, Great-Britain, New-Zealand, Brazil and France. It will be the first ride in Tokyo for the British rider Holly Smith and Denver (Memphis out of Toscin by Chico’s Boy, bred by Anton and Marleen Woertman), that replace Scott Brash and his mildly injured Hello Jefferson. Naturally, the honour of Great Britain will once again be defended by Olympic champion Ben Maher and Explosion W (Chacco-Blue out of Uarina ster sport-spr prest by Baloubet du Rouet, bred by Willy Wijnen from Berlicum). For Morocco, Ali Ahrach will be the first to start with KWPN-bred Golden Lady sport-spr (Cassini Gold out of Zeapostara D elite prest PROK by Cavalier, bred by De Huurne Stud in Wierden). The best nations advance to the final on Saturday.
More information about the KWPN-horses at the Olympic Games can be found on this overview page.
Photo Denver: Dirk Caremans, Hippofoto.be