Euro Update: Julie van Olst, Marjolein Cho Chia Yuen and Lotje Schoots Win CDI-PJYR Weert

Sometimes it is more fun to go to an international youth riders competition, than watching the world's most famous Grand Prix riders compete over and over again at various shows in Europe. Last weekend, youth riders from the foremost dressage countries in Europe travelled to stable De Ijzeren Man in Weert, The Netherlands, for four days of top level dressage competition at FEI Pony, Junior and Young Riders level.

On Sunday May 18, 2008, the individual finals kur to music classes were ridden. Belgian FEI pony rider Julie van Olst claimed victory aboard her New Forest Pony gelding Haasendonk's Sultan. Van Olst had placed third in the two previous test but with both Antoinette Te Riele's Golden Girl and Maria van den Dungen's Dino P spooking from the music, Van Olst had a clear way to the trophy. She scored 70.08%.

Dutch junior rider Marjolein Cho Chia Yuen topped the leader board with Cho's Pepper, a German bred Pablo offspring Cho discovered via a TV-show in which Anky van Grunsven finds horses for riders. Besides buying Pepper, Cho also switched trainers, moving from Coby van Baalen's stable to Anky van Grunsven. The combination with the junior kur to music with 72,67.

In the Young Riders division, the unbeatable Dutch Lotje Schoots took highest honours. Trained by Alex van Silfhout and warming up her horses with hyperflexion, Schoots won the consolation finals witht the super star Rubinstein mare Reine B and the individual finals kur to music with her World Young Horse Championship finallist Toricelli (by Florestan). Schoots scored 74,83% and stayed 4 % (!!!) ahead of second placed Chantal van Lanen on Beaujolais. (View Scores)

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