Nicole Giesen, European Junior Rider Champion 1999

The 18 year old Nicole Giesen had the better end of the staff during the 1999 European Junior Rider Championships Hosted by the Max Theurer family, the event took place on the premises of castle Achleiten in Kematen, Austria. With the Dutch warmblood Slow Fox V (by Saros xx) Giesen assembled a 74.70% in the finals and received individual gold.

Nikolas Kroncke, who was considered to be the favorite for the gold, led in the preliminary and team championship test with 72.07% and 75.60%. In the individual finals Kroncke, the youngest member of the German team, got overwhelmed by nerves and his stallion Larso made some small mistakes in his almost perfect test, which resulted in a 74.00% and 2nd place.

The bronze medal was offered to Victoria Max Theurer, the daughter of show host Sissy Max Theurer. Max Theurer and the Dutch Joyce Heutinck totalled the same amount of points but Heutinck placed fourth due to FEI regulations. With more than 159 points difference Germany collected team gold yet again. Holland reclaimed the silver and the Austrian Junior Riders' Team jumped surprisingly into third position.

by Astrid Appels