Dutch team rider Daphne van Peperstraten has renewed her title as KNHS FEI Pony Cup champion after winning the 2015-2016 KNHS FEI Pony Cup championships at equestrian centre De Peelbergen in Kronenberg, The Netherlands, on Saturday 18 June 2016. This is Van Peperstraten's second victory in a row although this year she saddled her number two pony Wonderful Girl.
After a series of six qualifiers in The Netherlands, the KNHS FEI Pony Cup came to a conclusion in Kronenberg. The show circuit is for Dutch FEI pony riders and its events are considered squad selection trials.
Van Peperstraten and the German Riding Pony mare Wimbledon, who is bred by German A-team rider Sönke Rothenberger and sired by Sönke's old FEI pony Wimbledon, scored 74.91% in the first round and 77.75% in the Kur to Music. The 16-year old is in her last year on ponies.
"In the first test I rode both Wonderful Girl and Don Camillo du Bois and both ponies went well," said Van Peperstraten. "We had nice scores with room for improvement. In the Kur I was only allowed to start one pony. I chose for Wonderful Girl because I want to take her to the European Championships this year. Half way in our freestyle our music stopped and they didn't get it to work again. I had to ride the entire freestyle again and the points started counting again from where the music had stopped the first time. This was not very handy, but fortunately it worked out well."
Team mate Zoe Kuintjes and her German Riding Pony Elin's Nonsisdador (by Nostradamus) finished second with a 71.84% and 74.25%, whime Marten Luiten and the bay Movie Star (by Hagelkruis Valentijn) landed third place with 69.62% and 75.375%.
Results - 2015-2°16 KNHS FEI Pony Cup Finals
- 1 Daphne van Peperstraten - Wonderful Girl - 74,91% - 77,75% ---- 152,66
- 2 Zoë Kuintjes (- Elin's Nonsisdador - 71,84% - 74,25% ---- 146,09
- 3 Marten Luiten - Movie Star - 69,62% - 75,375% ---- 144,995
- 4 Jitske Prosman - Charina du Bois - 70,64% - 73,125 ---- 143,765
- 5 Kim Noordijk - Ico van de Beekerheide - 68,42% - 73,042 ---- 141,462
Van Peperstraten Wins Sixth Leg of 2015-2016 KNHS FEI Pony Cup in Kootwijk
Kuintjes Wins Fourth Leg of 2015-2016 KNHS FEI Pony Cup in Almelo
Van Peperstraten Wins Third Leg of 2015-2016 KNHS FEI Pony Cup in Berkel-Enschot
Kuintjes Wins Second Leg of 2015-2016 KNHS FEI Pony Cup in Lichtenvoorde
Van Peperstraten Wins First Leg of 2015-2016 KNHS FEI Pony Cup in Nieuw en St. Joosland