Pony rider Lynn Thill, junior rider Emma Lou Becca, small tour rider Nicolas Wagner and Grand Prix rider Sascha Schulz became the champions in their age division at the 2017 Luxembourg Dressage Championships which were held during the 2nd Gosset Champagne Dressage Festival at Ecurie Um Sonnebierg in Hünsdorf, Luxembourg, on 14 - 19 September 2017. Riders from Germany and Belgium competed amongst the majority Luxembourg crew that was battling it out for the title.
The Under 16 division included FEI pony riders and children riders. They had to compete in two classes for the Championship: the Children preliminary and team test, but three tests were in fact held. Lynn Thill and her Belgian bred sport pony Interbrew De Rechri (by Calipso van de Vondelhoeve x Ten Ankers Jerolianca) scored the gold. The pair was second in the preliminary test with 72.056% and fourth in the team test with 67.222% and they won the class on Sunday with 69.740%. They won the Under 16 title.
The Junior riders' division consisted of three rounds and Emma-Lou Becca and her 13-year old Hanoverian Komet (by K2 x Wolkentanz I) earned the gold. She won the team test with 71.225%, the individual with 71.306%, and the kur with 71.842%. Maria Schiltz and her 14-year old Hanoverian Dream of Beauty (by Dream of Glory x Longchamp) got the silver medal. They were 4th in the team test with 65.147%, second in the individual with 67.162% and third in the Kur with 69.254%. Nikki Krack and the 11-year old Oldenburg Fascination (by Florencio x Lord Kemm) slotted in third overall and earned bronze. She was fifth in the team test (65.064%), third in the individual (65.901%) and sixth in the kur with 62.632%.
The small tour championship was ridden over the Prix St Georges, Young Riders Individual test and Intermediaire I Kur to Music. Nicolas Wagner and the 8-year old Hanoverian Quater Back Junior (by Quaterback x Bonheur) finished on the highest step of the podium after winning the Prix St Georges with 73.904%, the YR Individual test with 74.474% and the Kur to Music with 75.708%. Danish born Kristine Möller and Jens Thorsen's 8-year old Trakehner Pequinet (by Prinz K3 x Silvermoon) finished with silver on 69.211%, 72.004% and 70.833%. Claudine Lemmer and the 13-year old Hanoverian Royal Flush (by Rosario x Landadel) scored bronze on 65.658%, 67.588%, 66.458%.
At Grand Prix level German born Sascha Schulz steered Patrice Mouruau's 9-year old Lusitano stallion Dragao (by Unico x Xaquiro) to the overall victory and the national champion's title in the big tour. The pair won the Grand Prix with 70.100%, the Special with 69.314%, and the Kur to Music with .The silver medal went to Danish born Fie Skarsoe on her own 16-year old Dutch warmblood One Night Stand (by Olivi x Ferro). The pair scored 67.767%, 67.320%, and 72.833%. Mandy Zimmer and her 12-year old Oldenburg bred Saladin MZ (by ) finished with the bronze medal on 66.833%, 68.954%, and 70.000%.
Complete scores here
Photos © E Metz
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