2000 Young Dressage Horse Championships in Europe

The end of August and the beginning of September always offer an international range of Young Dressage Horse Championships in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, the three leading equestrian countries in Europe.

The Belgian Championships for future dressage stars ranging from the age of 4 to 6 took place the weekend of 27th August 2000. Weltmann, a Hanoverian bred Weltmeyer x Wesley chesnut ridden by Stefan van Ingelgem, was the best in the 4-year old division. In the 5-year-old class the Belgian warmblood Saros van het Gestelhof, also ridden by Stefan van Ingelgem but owned by Louis van Gestel, was the strongest. The black BWP approved stallion by Ramiro out of a Pik Koenig dam won the two qualifiers and the final. The divine Rosantica, a Belgian warmblood mare by Camus out of Madeleine xx (by Saint Philippe xx), maintains to be Belgium's ambassador for young Belgian dressage horses. She won her second, consecutive national title. The chestnut mare moved like the best and controlled her exercises extremely well in Wiekevorst, where the Championships were hosted.

At the KWPN Paardendagen in Ermelo, Holland, the finals of the Pavo Cup, the Dutch Young Dressage Horse Championships, were ridden. Osmium, an approved stallion by Ferro and shown by Nicolet van Lierop, was clearly the most solid horse in the pack of 4-year-olds. Under Angelique van Oss, Natcho, a Hofnar x Lt Generaal son, showed off in the 5-year-old division and was pointed out as the winner by the judges' panel (the Belgian Jean Bemelmans and the German Holga Finken).

The weekend of 1st to 3rd September will be decisive for the German young horses competing at the Bundeschampionate, the German Young Dressage Horse Championships. This exclusive and highly prestigeous event is being held at the national equestrian center in Warendorf, Germany.

Text by Astrid Appels

Scores of the Belgian Young Dressage Horse Championships at
Eurodressage. Coverage on the Dutch and German YH Championships coming up.

Pictured: BWP mare Rosantica under Geert van der Borght.
Image copyrighted: Dirk Caremans - www.hippofoto.be