Anky van Grunsven's Salinero and Imke Schellekens-Bartel's Sunrise are set to return to the show ring soon. Van Grunsven had scheduled to make Salinero's come back to the spotlight at the CDI-W Gothenburg last weekend, but she had to withdraw due to back problems. The Hanoverian gelding has not seen a competition ring since the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong in August. Anky's back problems are a recurrent issue as they also meddled with her entry at the CDI-W London in December 2008.
"After a period of rest and treatment by a sport doctor, Anky's condition is improving day by day. "I have to rest for a couple of days more but I feel much better," Anky said. "I look forward to ride again and I will try at the end of this week. The plan was to compete Salli at a national show this weekend but that’s too soon. Now I’ll go for Indoor Brabant [CDI-W 's Hertogenbosch]."
Imke Schellekens will bring her Sunrise back to competition at the national show in Deurne, The Netherlands, upcoming weekend. The dark bay Hanoverian mare injured herself at the Olympics and has been recovering ever since. Schellekens will also saddling a new horse at this show. She'll be riding Ferrero, a black Ferro offspring, at Grand Prix level.
Antoinette Te Riele On Form at Third Leg of 2009 Imperial Riding Cup
2008 European individual silver medallist Antoinette Te Riele is on form in the 2009 Imperial Riding Cup for Dutch FEI pony riders. After having won the first leg with Golden Girl, the Weert based Dutch pony rider won the third leg in Uden with her second pony Danny Boy B (by Flying Dream) on February 21, 2009.
Trained by Coby van Baalen, Te Riele scored 71,759% and topped the leader board. Behind her was Maria van den Dungen on Rembrant with 70.556%. The winner of the second leg and current Dutch rising pony star, Dana van Lierop, now landed a third spot aboard Lord Champion on 70.093%.
Thirty-nine pony riders were entired for the third qualifier in the Imperial Riding Cup.
Sven Rothenberger Soon in the Judge's Box
Former Olympic bronze medallist Sven Rothenberger is to become a judge. He has passed the admission exam, which consist of a practical test, an intake conversation and some computer questions and will now be a candidate-judge at small tour level. The training of these judges is carried out by O-judges Wim Ernes and Jan Peters in The Netherlands.