Gold and Bronze for The Netherlands, Silver for Germany

Sunday, August 9, 2009

ERMELO (KNHS) – Saturday was the day of the individual medals during the FEI European Championships Dressage for Juniors and Young Riders. Dutch rider Lotje Schoots succeeded in winning her 10th golden medal in the youth competitions. The German Fabienne Lütkemeier won silver, followed by the second Dutch rider, Marrigje van Baalen who won bronze.

Lotje Schoots was riding Torricelli, a horse she fell for when he was 2 years old. “He was rather ugly at the time”, Lotje laughs, “but he moved in a way that I thought ‘That’s him’”. And indeed, it was the first time that Lotje was riding Torricelli during an European Championship but all of her tests were just great and incredibly harmonious.

The Dutch member of the jury, Ghislain Fourage resumes: “There was no discussion whatsoever about the three winners of the individual medals. Lotje Schoots was riding her test in utmost concentration. It looked very harmonious and she certainly mastered her nerves. The German Fabienne Lütkemeier was a very close runner-up. Her trot was excellent overall her performance was just a little bit less secure than that of Lotje. Marrigje van Balen was riding a very controlled and harmonious test and certainly earned her bronze medal.”

Starting on Sunday at 12 PM, the European Championships Dressage for Juniors and Young Riders will be concluded with the individual medals for the freestyle to music test. The best 15 riders of each age group will participate in the freestyle to music test.

1. Lotje Schoots / Torricelli THE NETHERLANDS 74,474%
2. Fabienne Lùtkemeier / D´Agostino GERMANY 74,000%
3. Marrigje van Baalen / BMC Don Cardiale NETHERLANDS 72,158%

German Supremacy at European Championships Dressage Juniors

ERMELO (KNHS) – The individual test for Juniors during the FEI European Championships Dressage for Juniors and Young Riders in Ermelo, The Netherlands has just been concluded. It was a thrilling competition which ended with all the medals being won by German riders.

The supremacy of the German Sanneke Rothenberger was overwhelming. Riding Deveraux, she scored a total of 76.062% which is a 4% difference with number two, the German Charlott-Maria Schürmann and World of Dreams with 72.263% The bronze medal was been won by Louisa Lüttgen and her horse Habitus scoring 71.736%.

Ranks 4, 5 and 6 were for Dutch rider Angela Krooswijk (Roman Nature), the Danish Catherine Dufour (Aithon) and the second Dutch rider, Birgit van der Drift (Twister). The prize-giving ceremony for this individual test will take place around 18:15 h today following the individual test of the Young Riders. The best 15 riders from the individual test will ride their freestyle to music test tomorrow.

1. Sanne Rothenberger /Deveraux GERMANY 76.062%
2. Charlott-Maria Schurmann / World of Dreams GERMANY 72.263%
3. Louisa Luttgen / Habitus GERMANY 71.736%

Photo by Digishots.

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