Eva Vavrikova Acquires Hungarian WCYH Horse Siracusa

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:12
Czech Dressage News

Czech junior rider Eva Vavrikova has acquired the 6-year old Oldenburg bred Siracu, which represented Hungary at the 2017 World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo under previous owner Csaba Szokola.

Aboard the 11-year old Dutch warmblood bred Belle Ennie (by Don Gregort x Grafiet), Vavrikova won bronze at the 2016 European Children's Championships in Oliva Nova, Spain, and moved to the junior division in 2017. The pair won the Czech Junior Riders Championships and finished 54th at the 2017 European Junior Riders Championships in the individual test. 

Vavrikova has now acquired the 6-year old Oldenburg gelding Siracusa (by Sir Donnerhall x Don Schufro). Bred by Paul Schockemohle and owned by Julia Nagyhazi, the dark bay gelding was trained and competed by Hungarian Csaba Szokola. The pair represented Hungary at the 2017 World Championships for young dressage horses, where they scored 8.10 in the preliminary round and  8.24 in the consolation round. Unfortunately the pair was disqualified from the consolation finals because Szokola did not show up for the prize giving ceremony. 

Szokola refrained from competing Siracusa at the 2017 Hungarian Young Horse Championships held in Diosgyor in September. At the time he told Eurodressage he was preparing the horse for the 7-year old programme.

The 15-year old Vavrikova and her coach, Czech Grand Prix rider Ema Kopuleta, now hope Eva has a second iron in the fire for 2018.

"Belli is a super partner, as she has shown so many times, but she can sometimes be a bit looky and tense," Vavrikova told Eurodressage. "Siracusa is a very cool horse. He is just relaxed everywhere. He is, however, still very young, so I hope we will develop his strength and technique during the winter and present him well at junior level in 2018."

Photos © Astrid Appels

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