The Belgian selection circuit for the 2018 World Young Horse Championships is in full swing and the first provisional ranking after four qualifiers has been announced. The 5-year old Conan di Fonte Abeti, the 6-year old Miss Dior van den Bruel and the 7-year old Aragon are topping the ranking at the moment.
The Belgian WCYH selection circuit is based on the placings of the combinations at seven selection trials held between 31 March and 23 June. The two best results in the preliminary test as well in the finals tests count for ranking points.
The qualifiers are in Aalst (31 March), Diepenbeek (14 April), Ghlin (29 April), Dentergem (12 May), Schilde (26 May), Meerdonk (10 June) and Cheratte (23 June).
In the 5-year old division Nick van Laer is currently in the lead with the Italian bred Hanoverian Conan di Fonte Abite (by Apache x Sir Donnerhall). He has accumulated 200 points. Tom Francks and Isole Tuypens' Westfalian stallion Cuanto Curo van het Bloemenhof (by Quotenkonig x Weltino) is in second place with 198 points, followed by Christel Vernelen on the SBS bred stallion Hitch van het Bloemenhof (by Vivaldi x Quaterback) with 197 points.
In the 6-year old division former Belgian Grand Prix team rider Philippe Jorissen has steered Walter Blockx' Belgian warmblood mare Miss Dior van den Bruel (by Special Agent Amour x Florestan) into the lead with 200 points. Nick van Laer and Mario van Orshaegen's Just a Gigolo (by Johnson x Werther) are second with 196 points and Kayleigh Buelens and the Holly Simensen bred Oldenburg gelding Fifty Ways to Victory (by Foundation x Harvard) are third with 193 points.
Eight combinations are competing in the 7-year old division and Loranne Livens is in the lead on the home bred Rhinelander gelding Aragon (by Aaron x Lord Loxley) with 200 points. Laura Luyten and the Belgian warmblood gelding Lamborghini (by Bon Bravour x San Remo) are standing second with 198 points and Flore de Winne has moved his Hanoverian bred Basali (by Belissimo M x Weltmeyer) into third place with 195 points.
Provisional Ranking - 2018 Belgian WCYH Selection Process
5-year olds (top 10 only)
- 1. Nick van Laer - Conan di Fonte Abeti (by Apache x Sir Donnerhall) - 200
- 2. Tom Franckx - Cuanto Curo van het Bloemenhof (by Quotenkonig x Weltino) - 198
- 3. Christel Vernelen - Hitch van het Bloemenhof (by Vivaldi x Quaterback) - 197
- 4. Suraya Hendrikx - Benicia (by Benicio ) - 195
- 5. Stefan van Ingelgem - Magic Madame (by Desperado x Donnerhall) - 192
- 6. Bas Verthriest - Imke Zelma (by Uphill x Rhodium) - 188
- 7. Shana de Ben - Ivanow (by Apache x Gribaldi) - 186
- 8. Nicky Peeters - Noblesse van het Genelaar (by ) - 184
- 9. Nils debo - His Romance (by Furst Romancier x Welt Hit II) - 183
- 10. Regis Brocatus - Icarus (by Chippendale x Jazz) - 180
6-year olds (top 10 only)
- 1. Philippe Jorissen - Miss Dior van den Bruel (by Special Agent Amour x Florestan) - 200 points
- 2. Nick van Laer - Just a Gigolo (by Johnson x Werther) - 196
- 3. Kayleigh Buelens - Fifty Ways to Victory (by Foundation x Harvard) - 193
- 4. Stefan van Ingelgem - Hero VDT (by Conteur x Wynton) - 193
- 5. Stefan van Ingelgem - Wait and See (by Weltmeyer x Matcho) - 192
- 6. Tom Huerckmans - Marcoz van de Lange Lo (by Bretton Woods x Pavarotti van de Helle) - 189
- 6. Sakina van Dijck - Harlekin (by ) - 189
- 8. Jonathan Raes - Hollywood JR (by Uphill x Special D) - 185
- 9. Flore de Winne - Grey Quidam (by Grey Top x Quidam de Revel) - 184
- 10. Katrien Verreet - Thorgal Biolley (by Totilas x Florestan) - 100
- 1. Loranne Livens - Aragon (by Aaron x Lord Loxley) - 200
- 2. Laura Luyten - Lamborghini (by Bon Bravour x San Remo) - 198
- 3. Flore de Winne - Basali (by Belissimo M x Weltmeyer) - 195
- 3. Ine Vandecapelle - Generaal (by Oscar x Negro) - 195
- 5. Natasha van den Bogaert - Silent Gatano (by Lord Leatherdale x Gribaldi) - 193
- 6. Sophie Baetens van Lent - Nea's Jackie O (by Johnson x Donnerhall) - 193
- 7. Denis Bervoets - Lars van het Kristoffelhof (by Florencio x Gribaldi) - 189
- 8. Ulricke Dekeyzer - Leopold (b Aaron x Flemmingh) - 186
Complete provisional ranking here.
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