Euro Update: Mia von Essen, First Recipient of Ajax Stipend

Swedish young rider Mia von Essen has become the first recipient of a stipend from the "Ajax Fund," which has been initiated by former international dressage rider Ulla Håkanson. Together with Swedish show jumping rider Ann-Sofie Oscarsson, Von Essen will receive 200,000 Swedish Kroner for one year which she can spend on furthering her dressage career. Mia von Essen is successfully competing young horses in Sweden and at the World Young Horse Championships and is currently training her own horse up to Grand Prix level with trainer Kyra Kyrklund.

The Ajax Stipend is an exceptional opportunity for talented young riders to get financial support for their equestrian career. Swedish riders up to 30 years of age can apply for the Ajax stipend. They have to have genuine interest for horses and rider and have a large amount of talent or produced good show results.

Sissy Max-Theurer's Olympic team horse Liechtenstein has passed away on Wednesday April 19, 2006. Because of a severe bout of colic, "Liechti" was transported to the veterinary clinic where he was operated on. Unfortunately the damage was too severe and he had to be put down. Liechtenstein was Austrian Olympic champion Sissy Max-Theurer's third Olympic mount. Max-Theurer competed him at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, where they finished eigth. At the 1994 World Equestrian Games in The Hague they landed a twelfth place. Liechtenstein came to Sissy Max-Theurer's yard in Achleiten, Austria, in 1990 when he was a six-year old. In 1994, he sustained a severe injury in the field and was retired from then on. Liechtenstein became 22-years old.

During the weekend of the World Cup Finals, the Weser Ems Preis der Besten qualifier was ridden in Ankum, Germany. Friederike Hahn and Danny Boy B were unbeatable in the pony division, while Keller reigned in the junior riders and Viebrock in the young riders class.

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