Des podiums très féminins!
Article in Le Cavalier Romand Nr. 18
Catherine Dufour won Freestyle-Gold with 84 925%!
"A dream has come true for me! With this strong competition here in Berne, I never expected to win, "said Catherine Dufour. With their only 8-year-old Danish Warmblood Atterupgaards Cassidy (by Caprimond) the 20-year-old achieved an incredible score of 84 925%. Her B-Scores ranged from 85% by the judge at B (Adriaan Hamoen / NED) and 91% from the judge at (Vincenzo Truppa / ITA). "Catherine and Cassidy fit together incredibly well," said Dufour’s trainer Rune Willum. The couple had started a little cautios but increased steadily and delivered an almost flawless performance. As in all the other Individual Competition in Berne, Germany won again Silver and Bronze again, this time by Charlott-Maria Schürmann with Burlington (79.600%) and Florine Kienbaum with Don Windsor OLD (78.600%). "Of course we would like to have a Gold Medal more, but with a total of 10 medals, we are very satisfied. Especially since we also had some less experienced riders in the team," said the German Chef d’Equipe Maria Schierhölter-Otto. Like her Dutch colleague Tineke Bartels, Maria Schierhölter-Otto raved about the events: "The conditions were great, perfect infrastructure, the show secretary’s office was brilliant and the food excellent - we felt completely at home in Berne!"
Third Gold for Dana van Lierop (NED)
The Dutch Dana van Lierop did it again: After she won Gold at the Juniors Team and Individual Competition, she also took the gold medal in the Freestyle Competition. With Dj Tiesto, a horse that was trained by her mother, she scored an incredible 81,150 % in a ride that was very harmonically and without mistakes. “It is unbelievable, I can not believe it and I am totally surprised", said the 17-year-old who had cried tears of joy after her win in the Individual competition. "I'm very proud of what our juniors have done here," said the Dutch Chef d’Equipe Tinke Bartels. She also praised the organizers: "This Championship was professionally organized and the infrastructure excellent. We felt very comfortable in Berne." Germany was also successfull in the Junior Freestyle Competition: Vivian Scheve with Bellheim (78 350%) won Silver, Vivien Niemann with Wirsol’s Cipollini (78.250%) Bronze.
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Young Riders Individual Competition: Gold for Catherine Dufour (DEN)
Catherine Dufour an Atterupgaards Cassidy from Dänemark had already scored the best result in the Young Riders Team Competition (76 290% ). Today, the elegant pair repeated this effort in the Individual Competition to claim Gold and the European Championship title with the highest score of 78.789 %. As in the Junior Individual Competition, Germany claimed Silver and Bronze: Charlott-Maria Schürmann and Burlington scored 77 026% and Sanneke Rothenberger with Wolke Sieben 76 868%. Fourth place went to Germany too: Florine Kienbaum and Don Windsor reached 75 500%. In fifth place is an other Young Rider from Denmark: Nanna Skodborg Merrald with Millibar (74 342%). As in the previous days, todays competitions were held under the best possible conditions.
Juniors Individual Competition: Gold for Dana Lierop (NED)
17-year-old Dana van Lierop from Holland and her 12-year-old Rohdiamant-Sohn DJ Tiesto won the Juniors Individual Competition with the outstanding score of 77.184% and claimed the Gold medal. Silver and Bronze went to Germany: Vivien Niemann and Wirsol’s Cipollini scored the second best result with 74 711% and Vivian Scheve was third with Bellheim and 74 184%. The positions four and five were claimed by Dutch riders Antoinette ter Riele and Ziggy (73.553 %) and Suzanne van de Ven with Donna Gracia (73.211%).
Juniors Individual Competition, Day 1
As in the Young Riders Competition, it is Sweden who took the lead after the first day of the Juniors Individual Competition: Marina Mattson and Beckham scored 67 921%. Ray Gispert Segura from Spain is second, Jan Gawecki from Poland third. All four Swiss Junior Riders rode their Individual test today and finished the competition. In the preliminary standings after Day 1, Christina King with Mona Lisa VII (64.21%) ranks sixth, Caroline Marie Scheufele with Remmington Steel (63 711%) is tenth, Bigna Ladina Lehmann and Ronaldino (62 526%) is 15th and Tamara Lucia Roos with Hero (60 711%) 22th.
Young Riders, Individual Competition, Part 1
After the first part of the Young Riders Individual Competition, in which 24 pairs started, Sanna Nilsson from Sweden and the 13 year old Stallion Go III took the lead with a score of 68 474%. In second place is Tatjana Svehla from Austria (68,026), Helene Legallais from France is third with 67.921%. For Switzerland, all three riders rode their individual tests today. In the preliminary standings, Sabrina Ackermann (64,711) is ranked 12th, Anthea Hartmann (63,974) is on place 16 and Andrina Suter (62.763) is 20th.
Team Competition Young Riders: Germany wins gold
Germany was able to keep the leading position they had after Day 1 and their first two riders until the end of the Young Riders Team Competition Young Riders. Germanys third and fourth rider, Charlott-Maria Schürmann (Burlington) and Sanneke Rothenberger (Wolke Sieben), scored very good results of 74.105% and 75.026% to help their team to win the Gold medal. On Day 2, the Danish team made a powerful leap forward and came from sixth place into the position for the Silver medal. In particular, it was Cathrine Dufour and the eight years old Atterupgaards Cassidy who gave their team a big boost with a score of 76.290%. The Bronze medal went to the team from Holland. Switzerland had to settle for tenth place when Andrina Suter (Popcorn II) performed not quite as expected and with no result to delete because of the drop out of Sophie Aiko Müller due to her horses injury.
Netherlands Juniors are European Team Champion
On her 11-year old Rohdiamant-son DJ Tiesto, Dana van Lierop decided with the best result of the Day (77.405 %) the battle for Gold between Germany and the Netherlands. The Dutch team was able to beat Germany by 2.783 points. The best German Duo, Vivien Niemann and Wirsol's Cipollini, reached 74.216%. With a solid team performance, the danish Juniors rode to Bronze. Also with a well-balanced performance, but in the range between 64 and 65%, the Swiss junior team finished on the 9th Rank.
Great spirit at the Riders Party on the Lake of Thun
The young participants of the European Dressage Championships in Berne and their accompanying persons partied on Wednesday evening on the Lake of Thun an celebrated their Nations Evening. The MS Berner Oberland, the biggest ship the Lake of Thun, drove into a gorgeous sunset, while the approximately 460 people enjoyed typical Swiss specialties. Later, The trio Mounty's started to play music and heated up the party atmosphere on board.
Juniors Team Competition, Day 1
The first part of the Juniors Team Competition ended with a German victory. Vivian Scheve realized with Bellheim a score of 72 541%. Together with the 70 216% of fourth-placed Maxi-Kira von Platen (Flamenco Girl), the German Team took the leader position in the team ranking of Day 1. The Dutch took second place, the Danes are third after Day 1. From the Swiss team, Bigna Ladina Lehmann (Ronaldino) and Christina King (Mona Lisa VII) did their tests again and brought the Swiss Team to the eight position in the intermediate ranking
Young Riders Team Competition, Day 1
After the first part of the Young Riders Team Competition at the European Championships in Berne (SUI), the German Team, with their two riders Florine Kienbaum (Don Windsor) and Luisa Lüttgen (habitus) took the lead of the Team Ranking after Day 1 with a total of 143.710 points. The Netherlands and Great Britain are in second and third position. Switzerland was brought to a remarkable fifth place (129.921) by the two team members Anthea Hartmann (Rubinario) and Sabrina Ackerman (Flint Star). Sophie Aiko Müller dropped out of the Competition after her horse Laser II injured himself in the stable. So the Swiss Young Riders Team has to go on with only three team riders.
FEI EC Young Riders and Juniors officially opened
Today, Thuesday the 10th of July, at about 6.15 pm, Rita Schiess Müller, president of the organizing Dressur Akademie Silvia Iklé declared the FEI European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors 2012 officially open. Before that, the young participants from a total of 22 nations marched into the dressage arena with balloons in their national colors, which they let fly into the sky above Berne. Christoph Neuhaus, from the Government of the Canton Bern, welcomed the Young Riders and Juniors in Berne and wished everyone good luck for the upcoming competition. The Swiss team, composed of four Young Riders and four Juniors, is well prepared: "We are pleased that the Championships are finally about to begin," says the squad leader Eva Senn. The draw for the starting order is made, the competition begins tomorrow Wednesday, 11th of July, at 7.00 am.
Article in «NZZ»
Article «Neue Züricher Zeitung» NZZ«Eine grosse Aufgabe: Dressur-Akademie von Silvia Iklé veranstaltet Junioren-EM»
Statements on the Championships
Statements on the «FEI European Dressage Championships for Young Riders and Juniors 8 – 15 July 2012 in Berne (SUI)»