Belgian Horses Selected for World Championships for Young Dressage Horses

Thu, 06/24/2004 - 00:00
2004 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses

The Royal Belgian Equestrian Federation (KBRSF) has selected the horses which will represent Belgium at the 2004 World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Verden July 9-11, 2004.

Following a selection trial on Wednesday June 16, 2004, in Brussels, judges Mariette Withages, Freddy Leyman, Jacques van Daele, and A.M. Swenden selected the following combinations:

For the 5-year old division, Daianira van de Helle and Wizard will be sent to Verden. Daianara van de Helle, a dark bay Hanoverian mare bred by Dorith Kothe and owned by Stud farm De Helle, won the 5-year old qualifier. Ridden by Vicky Smits, a former European junior rider silver medallist, Daianira van de Helle will probably be Belgium's best bid in Verden. The elegant mare by Dream of Glory x Ritual is a superb mover in all three gaits and has the potential to be a top five horse in Verden, if she keeps her cool at the show and politics will not rule the event.

Stefan van Ingelgem qualified the second 5-year old for Verden. His own Wizard, a chestnut Hanoverian gelding by Weltmeyer x Classiker, finished second at the Belgian WCYH qualifier.

For the six-year old division, the Belgian warmblood Vasco van het Gestelhof (Weltmeyer x Furioso I) and the licensed breeding stallion St Ludwig's Leardo (Lanciano x Coriolan) will travel to Verden. Vasco will be ridden by Gestelhof's chief rider Wilfried Mondelaers and Leardo by Belgian Grand Prix rider Philippe Jorissen.

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