FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships 2021 Young Horses

The KWPN mare Just a Dream (VDL Zirocco Blue/Carano), bred by the Nooren family, lived up to her name to take the 7-Year-Old title for German athlete Harm Lahde and owners Gestut Eichenhain at the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses 2021 at Zangersheide Stud in Belgium yesterday. (FEI/Hippo Foto - Sharon Vandeput).
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FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships 2021 Young Horses

Written by Louise Parkes

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 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.

FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships 2021 – 5-Year-Olds

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), 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 the class Final however, in which the top 55 competed, the Dutch duo (Thijssen) 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 was eventually awarded to Christian Ahlmann, when steering the BWP stallion, Querido VG Z (Dominator 2000 Z/Chellano) 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) 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.

FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships 2021 – 6-Year-Olds

From a field of 259 starters it was the Irish-bred BP Limitless (Elvis ter Putte/Laughton’s Flight), 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), won the second qualifier for owner/rider Emily Sage of Great Britain.

However of the 40 through to the medal-decider it was Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt who reigned supreme with the Westphalian stallion Coros (Cornet Obolensky/Arpeggio).

There were 11 into the jump-off 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).

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.

FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships 2021 – 7-Year-Olds

The 7-Year-Olds faced a 1.45m track in the 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), 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).

But it was the KWPN, Just a Dream (VDL Zirocco Blue/Carano), who lived up to her name to take the title 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), ridden by Gilles Thomas, into silver medal spot.

The KWPN mare Just a Dream (VDL Zirocco Blue/Carano), bred by the Nooren family, lived up to her name to take the 7-Year-Old title for German athlete Harm Lahde and owners Gestut Eichenhain at the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses 2021 at Zangersheide Stud in Belgium yesterday. (FEI/Hippo Foto - Sharon Vandeput).
The KWPN mare Just a Dream (VDL Zirocco Blue/Carano), bred by the Nooren family, lived up to her name to take the 7-Year-Old title for German athlete Harm Lahde and owners Gestut Eichenhain at the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses 2021 at Zangersheide Stud in Belgium yesterday. (FEI/Hippo Foto – Sharon Vandeput).

Bronze went to the Selle Francais gelding Etundel de Marocy (Diamant de Semilly/President) who had just a single fence down second time out with Dominique Hendrickx on board.

Full results of the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships 2021 can be found here

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