With the final day of competition set in boiling hot temperatures, the 2013 European Junior and Young Riders Championships concluded on Sunday 14 July 2013 with top level competition in the junior and young riders division. German Johanne Pauline von Danwitz and Danish Cathrine Dufour grabbed kur gold.
Johanne Pauline von Danwitz outclassed her competition once again aboard the gorgeous Hanoverian gelding Habitus (by Hohenstein x Weltmeyer) and left her rivals far behind her. The kur silver went deservedly to a strongly and accurately riding Anna Christina Abbelen on Furst on Tour (by Furst Heinrich), whereas Norwegian Alexandra Andresen remained consistent with her Westfalian stallion Belamour (by Belissimo M x Lord Sinclair) and won bronze.
In the Young Riders category it was a battle of the bulge between Danish Cathrine Dufour, the 2012 European Young Rider Champion, and Dutch Stephanie Kooijman. Whereas Kooijman went for power and expression, Dufour excelled with elegance. The latter reclaimed kur gold, Kooijman settled for silver and the bronze went to Juliette Piotrowski on Sir Diamond.
Full reports of the Young Riders Individual Test and both Kur Finals with tons and tons of photos are coming up in the next few days as I catch up on work, organizing photos, posting scores.
Text and Photos by Astrid Appels - No reproduction allowed
Eurodressage photographer Astrid Appels took photos of all combinations competing at the 2013 European Junior and Young Riders Championships. Contact us if you are interested in prints of your photos!
Eurodressage Coverage of the 2013 European Junior/Young Riders Championships