The BWP, WESTF and KWPN Studbooks shared the glory at the 2021 edition of the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium which drew to a close yesterday with German riders claiming victory in all three categories.
Christian Ahlmann steered the Belgian-bred Querido VG Z to win the 5-Year-Old category, Philip Weishaupt topped the 6-Year-Olds with the Westphalian, Coros, and Harm Lahde and the Dutch-bred mare Just a Dream galloped home to win the 7-Year-Old division.
A total of 231 budding talents lined out in Thursday’s first qualifier for the 5-Year-Old title won by the BWP Quabriolet van het Bildeken (Anakin van Schuttershof/Burgraf) which is owned by bred by Koen Gaublomme and ridden by Arnaud Gaublomme. In Saturday’s second qualifier it was budding Dutch star, 22-year-old Sanne Thijssen, who came out on top with her own NRPS gelding, Vosje.
In yesterday’s Final in which the top 55 competed however the Dutch duo picked up 15 faults, but Gaublomme’s gelding jumped clear to go into a 16-horse jump-off in which they posted the second-quickest time to take silver.
Gold went to Christian Ahlmann on his home ground at Zangersheide Stud when steering the BWP stallion Querido VG Z (Dominator 2000 Z/Chellano), bred by Alois van Gorp and owned by Zangersheide, home in 37.49 seconds for the win against the clock.
Ahlmann said afterwards that he didn’t feel confident of victory until the Irish challengers coming after him had taken their turn. But although Jason Foley and the ISH mare Killossery Karma (x SIEC Livello) owned by Castlefield Farm and bred by Frank and Laura Glynn posted the quickest time when scorching home in 36.17, they had to settle for fourth place and just off the podium with a fence down this time out.
Only three combinations jumped double-clear and bronze went to The Netherlands’ Nicole Eggens with her own KWPN mare Loharna-P (Carrera VDL/Bruggraaf Nv) which was bred by BJ Platzer/Ommen and who stopped the clock on 40.99 seconds.
From a field of 259 starters it was the Irish-bred BP Limitless (Elvis ter Putte/Laughton’s Flight), owned by Breen Equestrian and bred by Austin Broderick, who topped the line-up in the first 6-Year-Old qualifier on Thursday with Max O’Reilly-Hyland on board. The Zangersheide-bred Cadiz Z (Corydon van T&l/Caesar van de Helle), bred by Emily Elliot, won the second qualifier for owner/rider Emily Sage of Great Britain.
However of the 40 through to yesterday’s medal-decider it was Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt who reigned supreme with the Westphalian stallion Coros (Cornet Obolensky/Arpeggio) owned by Joachim and Ursula Rosendahl and bred by Werner Buschsieweke.
There were 11 into the jump-off here and only six jumped double-clear, Coros breaking the beam in 33.77 to clinch it ahead of German compatriot Angelique Rusen riding Christian Ahlmann’s Crowny NW (Crown Z/Pontifex 9) which was bred by Norbert Wentrup.
Bronze went to Belgium’s Virginie Thonon on the BWP mare Parequita vh (Jamal vd heffinck/Cumano bd) owned by Ecurie Fabien Schrieber and bred by Willem Hoecke.
The 7-Year-Olds faced a 1.45m track in yesterday’s finale in which only four of the 41 starters qualified for the jump-off and KWPN mares took both gold and silver.
Germany’s Richard Vogel was in flying form in Thursday’s first qualifier when taking the top two spots. The Hannoverian mare Looping Luna (Lord Fauntleroy/Calido I), owned by Andrea Sigrist Murphy and bred by Andreas Middelkampf, was best of the 187 starters while Misham Bisharat’s Junior Kannan (Kannan/Diamant de Semilly) bred by MJA Hoppen and RBJ Dijkhuis slotted into second.
And in Friday’s second qualifier Vogel came out on top again, this time with the Holsteiner mare Charisma S (Uriko/106HT39) owned by Hugo Simon and bred by Christoph Schmidt.
But it was the KWPN, Just a Dream (VDL Zirocco Blue/Carano), who lived up to her name to take the title yesterday for Germany’s Harm Lahde and Gestut Eichenhain. The grey mare bred by the Nooren family produced the quickest of just two clears in the second-round jump-off, pinning J Comghorla van Beeck (Comme Il Faut/Padinus), owned and bred by Guido Herijgers ‘T Eirbissemhof and ridden by Gilles Thomas, into silver medal spot.
Bronze went to the Selle Francais gelding Etundel de Marocy (Diamant de Semilly/President) owned by Gilbert de Roock and Bayard SA and bred by Pascale Morelle who had just a single fence down second time out with Dominique Hendrickx on board.