Silver Medal Finish for Leslie Berndl and Kareltje at 2022 FEI Driving World Championship for Young Horses
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
History was made as U.S. athlete Leslie Berndl (Lexington, Ky.) became the first American driver to medal at the FEI Driving World Championship for Young Horses last week when she drove Kareltje, a KWPN gelding owned by Toorpapa Driving Team, to a silver-medal finish in the 7-year-old division.
Photo - Leslie Berndl and Kareltje. (©Krisztina Horváth/Hoefnet.com)
The competition was held at Állami Ménesgazdaság, the state stud farm in Szilvásvárad, Hungary, August 25-28, and included divisions for 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old horses. FEI Young Horse competition is structured as a development opportunity based on the structure of combined driving events. In the qualifying phase, the horses and drivers complete a dressage/cones test that combines dressage figures with a flowing cones course. Scoring is based on the horse’s quality of movement, the cones penalties, and an overall impression score.
The top 50% of entries return for a second dressage/cones test followed by a combined marathon that consists of a cones course with two added marathon-style obstacles set in the arena.
Watch the combined marathon phase here: www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1041901533164361
To learn more about the FEI Driving Young Horse program, click here.