Never before were the best European Young Riders so competitive with each other as this year. At the European Young Riders Championships in Hartpury, England, from 22nd to 27th August 2000, the battle was tough and the outcome unexpected.
In the team competition Holland took the gold medal with 4085 points in total. This great success for the Dutch team was only made possible by the outsider of the team, Annemiek van der Vorm. On Agrovorm's Incredible (KWPN, by Voltaire) Van der Vorm dominated a class of 46 riders with 70.92%. With 70.15% team mate Marlies van Baalen came in second on World Online Inspekteur. Germany's best rider, Nicole Giesen, finished third with 69.33%. Germany won team silver as they gathered a total of 4043. Great Britain, the hosting country of the 2000 EYRC, won the bronze surprizingly with a total of 3856 points. Their leading rider was the tenth placed Becky Moody on Kwadraat.
Nicole Giesen, who replaced Tina Wehlmann and Grand Fox only two days before the kick-off of the championship, turned out to be Germany's most solid rider in the team and individual test. However, the ultimate, individual title went to the German Christine von Oldershausen. On the Holsteiner mare Amica Farina (by Ahorn Z), Von Oldershausen rode a brilliant freestyle (74.28%) which made her win her second, consecutive individual gold medal. The silver was for Annemiek van der Vorm. Dominating the team test, but going down in the individual, Van der Vorm gathered her decisive points for silver in an accurate freestyle ( 73.94%). The Dutch Marlies van Baalen, daughter of the famous Coby van Baalen, claimed the bronze. With the KWPN approved stallion Inspekteur she rode a 72.51% kur to music. Fourth place was for Nicole Giesen and Slow Fox V. Although they ended fifth in the freestyle, the combination was fourth overall. Von Oldershausen, who is trained by Jurgen Koschel, is engaged to his son Christoph Koschel and plans on a career with horses.
Text by Astrid Appels