First Day of the Compiègne CDI 3* 2014
Sunday, June 1, 2014
The Ponies category started at 9.30am Saturday in the arena C. After an event with 41 competitors, the European champion couple, Phoebe Peters and SL Lucci, who allowed Great Britain to get on the top step of the podium with 80.128%; another victory after the one in the Freestyle in Saumur last May. Veronique Van Der Panne and Rhyfedd Spike placed the Netherlands in 2nd place (73.120%) in front of Bethany Rose Horobin and Gigolo (GBR), 3rd with 72.949%. Léa Bonifay and Tim, best french couple finished in the 12th position (69.915 %).
Henning Lehrmann (GER, 3 star judge), President of the jury: "It's the first time I officiate in Compiègne. I must say that it's a wonderful event that meets all the conditions for the riders. We could judge high level competitors as there was about twenty riders over 70%. I put 83.590% for the winning couple because both were really fantastic. Nevertheless, they are all perfect sport ponies, it is a good marketing image for the sport."
19 couples took part in the 2.30pm event in the arena A. In the end, Jeanine Nekeman and Vlingh (NED) gained victory. The young bronze medalist at the European Junior Championship in 2013, Denise Nekeman' little sister (winner in the Young Riders) finished with 74.297 per cent. Pascale de Miranda and Bugatti also offered the Netherlands a 2nd place (72.189 per cent). Austria is third with Diana Porsche and Porsche's Eloy (70.595 per cent). In the French team, the best performance comes from Mathis Portejoie and Artisto W, 7th with 68.243 per cent.
Peter Holler (GER, future President of the Jury at the European Juniors Championship 2014), President of the Jury: "It was a pretty good level. The top 4 of the ranking have very promising performances for the Euro this summer. Vlingh (the winning horse) was beautiful, elegant, elastic, and perfectly ridden by his rider (Jeanine Nekeman). The second Bugatti has made a good impression, also with elasticity and good energy. This category was very interesting to judge because it's not easy to win in this arena. "
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