This week's Eurodressage Euro Update features a photo and score report from the international youth riders' competition in Moorsele, Belgium. We also mention the appointment of Trond Asmyr as the new FEI Dressage Director and the second Danish selection trial for the 2009 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden.
CDI-PJYR Moorsele: Belgian Junior Riders Excel on Home Turf
Belgian junior rider Mieke Mommen blew away all competition at the 2009 CDI-PJYR Moorsele. Aboard her world class, international calibre horse Rocky (by Rockwell), Mommen put in three stellar rides to win all junior classes, including the kur to music finals with a 76,58% score. Her performances put her at the highest echelons in Europe and make her a distinct cadidate for a medal at the 2009 European Junior Riders Championships.
Only two weeks after the international youth riders competition in Weert, The Netherlands, Europe's best and most promising FEI pony, junior and young riders gathered again for a competition at the Zilveren Spoor equestrian centre in Moorsele, Belgium. For a moment, it was uncertain that the show would go on because the owner of Zilveren Spoor, internationally acclaimed show jumping rider Jean Claude van Geenberghe, had died unexpectedly at a jumping show in Ukraine. The Belgian born Jean Claude (who rides for Ukraine) managed Zilveren Spoor together with his sister Veronique and she will carry on the tradition. The CDI-PJYR Moorsele would take place, as well as the 2009 European Pony Championships the last week of July 2009.
Trond Asmyr, New FEI Director of Dressage
The 54-year old Norwegian Trond Asmyr has been appointed new FEI Director of Dressage. He is succeeding the Swedish Eva Salomon who resigned from her position in May 2009. Asmyr has been judging for more than 30 years. He has been an international dressage I-judge for fifteen years and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Norwegian Equestrian Federation for more than a decade. The past six years he served as vice president.
Asmyr was the administrative director of Sabra Tours, a Norwegian tour operator. He resigned from that position in March 2009. The Norwegian will take up his position as FEI Dressage Director in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 20, 2009.
Eight Horses Qualify at Second Danish WCYH Selection Trial
The second Danish selection trial for the 2009 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses took place in Midtsjælland last weekend 22-24 May 2009. Five 5-year olds and three 6-year olds were added to the long list and can vie for a team place at the Danish Young Horse Finals in Middelfart.
The show at the Midtsjællands Rideklub was actually a trial for the 2009 Danish Young Horse Championships for 4, 5 and 6-year olds but the competition also served as a qualification event for Verden (August 5-9, 2009). Four selection trials take place before a big Danish final on 4-5 July will determine the composition of the actual team.
The qualified horses are: http://www.eurodressage.com/reports/shows/2009/09wcyh/trial_denmark2.html