Euro Update: Imke Schellekens Wins 2006 Dutch Dressage Championships

In the absence of Salinero (resting), Ollright (minor injury) and Lingh (resting), Imke Schellekens had free reign to become the 2006 Dutch dressage champion. The Championships moved from Nijmeghen to Eindhoven, and all four days of competition dealt with torrential downpours of rain. This, however, did not damper the spirits of the competitors and with three safe rides, Schellekens claimed the national title aboard the Hanoverian mare Sunrise (by Singular Joter). She won all three big tour classes and led with 8% point difference ahead of silver medallist Edward Gal who rode his second horse Gribaldi. Anky van Grunsven won bronze on Krack C.

In the small tour championships, Jeanette Haazen was undefeated on the Jazz offspring Nartan. Edward Gal and the 7-year old Dutch mare Sisther de Jeu placed in silver medal position followed by Madeleine Vrees on Patser. Junior Rider Lotje Schoots and Young Rider Angela van den Berg renewed their national champion's title. Schoots, however, rode Reine B this year instead of the retired Philippo.

At the national show in Hamburg, Germany, Isabell Werth won the annual Hamburg Dressage Derby in Hamburg, Germany, for the fifth time in her career. In an S-class finals with horse change, Werth scored the highest average after three rides on three different horses. Kristy Oatley placed second, Jochen Vetters was third. Werth also won the Grand Prix and Kur to Music on Apache OLD.

In Willands, Sweden, a big international youth riders competition took place. Pony rider Friederike Hahn, junior rider Annika von Holdt and young rider Sofie Olsen won the individual finals on Sunday at the CDI-PJYR Willands. Especially Norwegian Sofie Olsen put down impressive performances by winning all three Young Rider classes aboard Maneur, a Danish warmblood stallion by Schwadroneur.

And there is more news in the Poetin case. Dutch equestrian magazine De Hoefslag published that judge Poelmann, the vice president of the court in Amsterdam and judge in the Poetin case between the Dutch ING bank and Poetin's last owner Xavier Marie, has decided that ING has to reveal their files relating Poetin's health. Three months after Marie's purchase of Poetin in an executorial sale, he had to put down the mare due to a severe case of laminitis. The ING bank refused to reveal of the medical files of the mare. Judge Poelmann decided that Marie legally has the right to review these medical documents. Poelmann believes that only after a viewing of those documents, Marie can decide if suing the ING Bank could be successful.