Dutch pony rider Antoinette te Riele has aced all four FEI pony classes at her home show, the CDI-PJYR Weert, at her grandfather's Adri Gordijn's stable de Ijzeren Man in Weert, The Netherlands. A student of Coby van Baalen and Gonnelien Gordijn-Rothenberger, young Antoinette won the team test and kur to music finals with her European silver medal winning Golden Girl (by Don't Worry) and the individual test and consolation finals with Danny Boy B (by Flying Dream).
Dutch junior rider Brigit van der Drift booked two victories. She won the team test and Kur to Music Finals with her bay Dutch warmblood gelding Twister (by Havidoff). She faced tough competition from Danish Cathrine Dufour, who rode two extraordinary, high quality dressage horses: Cadillac (by Oldtimer xx) and Aithon. Dufour won the individual test with her Oldenburg Cadillac and the Consolation Finals with her 12-year old unregistered Aithon.
At Young Riders Level it was a neck-to-neck race between European Young Rider Champion Diederik van Silfhout and his girlfriend Lotje Schoots. Van Silfhout won the team test and consolation finals with his highly sensitive Gribaldi mare Ruby, while Schoots won the individual test and Kur to Music finals aboard her Florestan offspring Toricelli.
Dressage Task Force Conference Call Summary
Following input from the FEI Nominations Committee the proposal for the composition of the FEI Dressage Committee has been forwarded to the Bureau for their feedback. The proposal recommends a Dressage Committee comprised of five members; two of whom (the riders representative and the organisers representative) will be nominated by their respective associations and the other three members nominated by either the National Federations or from other FEI recognised stakeholder groups (the latter must also be supported by the candidate’s relevant NF).
This proposal is in line with the FEI Statutes and, subsequent to FEI Bureau approval, will be sent out to NFs and stakeholder groups in order to start the process of nominating candidates. Together with other FEI Technical Committees, membership of the new Dressage Committee will be approved during the FEI General Assembly, held in Copenhagen in November 2009.
During the conference call the Task Force also discussed issues surrounding the education of judges and judging systems. This follows a recent meeting with representatives of ice-skating and gymnastics. A number of ideas were discussed which require further on-going research and information in order to establish their suitability and applicability to dressage. It was agreed that all systems would be tested in a pilot project before the Task Force present their final report to the Bureau in November.
The Task Force intend to hold their next conference call on 20th May. Subject to these proposals being sufficiently developed it is then hoped that they can be sent to all stakeholder groups for their feedback.
Mikado Engvang Sold to Anette Ejlersgaard at Helgstrand Dressage
The Danish Grand Prix horse Mikado Engvang has been sold to Anette Ejlersgaard, who is stabled at Helgstrand Dressage and trains with Andreas Helgstrand. The Danish warmblood gelding Mikado Engvang was owned by Rune Willum and Joachim Thomsen. He serve as schoolmaster for Ejlersgaard.
The 13-year old Mikado is by Midt-West Ibi-Light x Pari Ace and has been the successful equine partner of Joachim Thomsen. The combination represented Denmark at the 2007 European Dressage Championships in Turin and placed third with the Danish team at the 2006 CDIO Aachen. In 2008, the pair won the Nordic Baltic Championships at Grand Prix level.
Annette Ejlersgaard has been training with Helgstrand for quite some time and has also purchased Hørgaards Hustler (Blue Hors Hertug x Weltmeyer) when Andreas was riding him. Helgstrand was long listed with the gelding for the 2005 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses. The chestnut Hustler is bred by Laila Roschmann, who also owned Andreas' former Grand Prix horse Gredstedgards Casmir.