Drama for KWPN in the tail end of the eight-year-olds in Valkenswaard
After leading for two days, today in the final of the eight-year-olds, things didn't quite go as planned for KWPN at the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy in Valkenswaard.
The eight-year-olds competed in a 1.50m class in which many faults, especially in the last two lines, including a technical triple combination, were made. Since the performances from the first days didn't count as all teams started from scratch again, it was an open ending.
Two four-fault rounds
Team manager Eric van der Vleuten was allowed to select three combinations for this final and chose Oda Charlotte Lyngvaer with Kyfo (Comme Il Faut out of Gucci elite sport-spr PROK by Chellthageo Z, breeder J.G.N.E. van Dooren from Boekel), Erika Lickhammer-Van Helmond with Koberlina TN (Eldorado van de Zeshoek out of E-Oberlina stb by Verdi, breeder Team Nijhof from Geesteren), and Ronnie Jones with the KWPN-approved stallion Key West (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve out of Zanory T keur prest by Phin Phin, breeder Roelof Bril from Westendorp). Alex David Gill had also been faultless for two days with the Bubalu VDL son VDL Kelton (out of Gina ster by Corland, breeder VDL Stud from Bears), but unfortunately couldn't start in this final due to the maximum team member limit of three. KWPN finished fourth, with both Ronnie Jones/Key West and Erika Lickhammer/Koberlina TN incurring one fault in this 1.50m class.
Tomorrow three finals
Westphalia won with a total of eight penalty points, followed by Zangersheide with the same number of penalty points but a slightly slower combined time of the three rides. Tomorrow, the finals for the five-, six-, and seven-year-olds will be held, with three team members per studbook participating.
View the results here.
JS for KWPN / Photo Key West