Euro Update: Schutte, Truppa, De Ridder and Van Lanen Win Gold at 2007 European Junior/Young Riders

Christin Schutte, Valentina Truppa, Jill De Ridder and Chantal van Lanen were the winners of the individual gold medals at 2007 European Junior/Young Riders Championships. The German junior team and the Dutch young riders team won the team gold medal. For the first time, the formula of triple medals was used for both the junior and young riders division. There were medals for the team competition, the individual test and the kur to music. As of 2007, an allround champion would no longer be proclaimed nor awarded with the European Junior or Young Riders Champion's title.

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In the young riders division, German Christin Schutte won the individual test gold medal for her winning ride on Hohenstaufen (by Hohenstein). Last year's European Young Rider Champion Valentina Truppa claimed gold in the Kur to Music. In the junior riders division, the 14-year old Jill de Ridder, daughter of German Olympian Alexandra Simons-De Ridder, won the individual test gold with FBW Disco Boy. Dutch Chantal van Lanen and her dark bay Beaujolais rode the best kur to music. (View full scores and an extensive photo report here)

2007 European Pony Championships Kick Off with Trot Up and Measurement

The 2007 European Pony Championships started on July 17, 2007, with the official vet check and pony measurement. German multiple gold medallist Konrad did not pass the trot up in the morning and had to be presented for reinspection in the evening. The 17-year old multiple gold medallist did pass the evening trot up and was eligible to compete at the Championships. An extremely important fact was that for the first time, since the deletion of the FEI passports, the ponies were measured on site. In the winter of 2006-2007 the FEI received an overflood of complaints that horses have been competing at the pony championships. Under pressure of the press and those complaints, the FEI reviewed the measurement rules and decided to cancel the FEI passports (which contained falsified standing heights of the ponies). The FEI reviewed the allowed height (148 cm) and made the decision to raise the height to 151 cm (with shoes), washing their hands in innocence and diplomatically deviating years of fraude in the pony sport.

At the 2007 European Pony Championships the ponies were measured twice on site to rule out mis-measurement but the measurement carried out in a stall inside the stable building was done very generously. "Horses" were allowed to compete as all ponies were mildly measured with many verdicts that they stood 149 cm while they were taller. (Follow the European Pony Championships here)

CDI Fritzens: Hindle and Max-Theurer Win

British Emma Hindle and Austrian Victoria Max-Theurer were the big tour winners at the CDI Fritzens in Austria. Aboard the Hanoverian stallion Lancet, Hindle won the Grand Prix and Special with scores in the 70s. American Catherine Haddad ranked 12th in the Grand Prix with 64.875 % and 14th in the Special with 58.200 %. Victoria Max-Theurer and her Oldenburg gelding Falcao (by Feiner Stern) won the Grand Prix for Kur and the Grand Prix freestyle, as well as the small tour. (View Scores)

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