Charlotte Jorst Secures Title in Future Challenge Young Horse Prix St. Georges Series

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
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Stiff Competition

A huge score of 75.029% secured the title in the Summit Farm Future Challenge Young Horse Prix St. Georges Series final. It came by way of Charlotte Jorst (USA) and Zhaplin Langholt, the extravagant-moving son of Glock’s Zonik N.O.P. They faced stiff competition from Bianca Berktold (USA) and Imperial, whose score of 74.117% secured them the runner-up slot. Shannon Dueck (CAN) claimed third with another plus-70% score — 70.911% — riding the youngest horse in the class, the seven-year-old Angelika MW, by Franziskus.

“Today’s test felt really great,” enthused Jorst of Zhaplin Langholt, who was formerly campaigned by Danish Olympian Andreas Helgstrand. “I had no idea that I had a competitor that had a 74%. I’m so competitive that I would’ve had a nervous breakdown had I known. But I didn’t know, so I just went in there today to do my best and so did he. Zhaplin has come along incredibly. I came [to AGDF] with a relatively inexperienced horse, so to be able to bring him here with this goal in mind has been very satisfying and fun.

Click to watch Charlotte Jorst’s winning test. ©richardsequinevideo.com

“Talking of mistakes and green things, I had no pirouettes when I came. I don’t even think I knew how to ride a pirouette. But I’ve learned, because I’ve really had to train it,” added Jorst, who trains with Charlotte Bredahl. “Then I saw my pirouettes were actually highlighted in a story that was posted. And I’m like, ‘Wow, there’s a pirouette.’ You can go in with kind of not a great pirouette and still do well. Then you can work on those things over the season and get a pirouette in the end. For Zaplin, this series has given him so much confidence going in that big ring several times in a row.” 

Stepping Stones

She is hoping to compete her top horse, Kastel’s Nintendo, at Aachen this summer, and would like to take Zhaplin along to compete, too. The horse will be aimed at Grand Prix in 2023.

Talking on behalf of the class sponsor, Sarah Tubman reiterated Summit Farm’s commitment to developing future equine talent, saying: “When Summit Farm started it was based mostly on bringing top-quality, young horses up the sport with the goal of competing internationally. For us, sponsoring a class like this that gives the younger horses a chance to get in the international ring in front of super judges is a great stepping stone.

“This season’s class was quite large and also super quality,” continued Tubman. “Those are giant scores to win with, so congratulations, Charlotte. I think that all the horses that we saw in both divisions, we’re definitely going to be watching out for in the big ring.”

A Week to Never Forget

Luuk Mourits and Harmony’s Sarotti OLD
I-I Freestyle CDI3* winner Luuk Mourits on Harmony’s Sarotti OLD  (©susanjstickle.com)

Luuk Mourits, a Dutch rider who works for Harmony’s Sporthorses in Colorado, had a week he will never forget. He forged five wins from five starts in the three-star small tour classes. His stellar show culminated with two further personal bests on Sunday, scooping the Intermediate I Freestyle CDI3* on Harmony’s Sarotti OLD with 76.415% and staking the claim to the Intermediate II CDI3* riding Harmony’s Don’t Stop The Feeling (68.823%).

The Intermediate II was only Mourits’s second CDI test at the level with Harmony’s Don’t Stop The Feeling. He has been competing the 13-year-old gelding by Don Primus for two years. Tiago Ernesto (POR) filled second with Hobbit Interagro (67.147%), with Ecuador’s Julio Cesar Mendoza Loor third riding Baylen Dream TWF (65.823%).

In the Intermediate I Freestyle, Mourits was the final competitor of the very last CDI class of the 2022 AGDF. He smashed his previous best mark in this test — which was 70.525%, set earlier this month — by almost six percentage points. Katrina Sadis (USA) finished second with Belloona on 69.47%, and Susan Jaccoma rounded out the top three, riding Dinozzo Nexen to 67.865%.

Sunday’s action marks the conclusion of the international 2022 AGDF season, but national competition resumes next week, in AGDF 12, on April 1-3. For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.