Photo Report: Tight Battles in Youth CDI Leg at 2018 CDIO Uggerhalne

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 11:46
2018 CDIO Uggerhalne
Alexander Yde Helgstrand on Claire at the 2018 CDIO Uggerhalne :: Photo © Astrid Appels

The battles for the number spot in the CDI leg of the youth division classes were tight and fierce at the sunlit 2018 CDIO Uggerhalne in Denmark on 24 - 28 May 2018. 

The Equitour Aalborg drew out a massive field of Scandinavian pony, junior and young riders and the divisions were split into a Nations Cup CDIO group and a separate, bigger CDI leg. Not a single rider was able to achieve a hattrick in their age class, which shows that the competition was tough and the battles hard fought.

Two riders dominated the pony classes: home side hero Alexander Yde Helgstrand and Dutch Senna Evers. Helgstrand and the 12-year old bay mare Claire (by Notre Sac x Julio Mariner xx) captured first place in the team test (71.762%), but it was Dutch Senna Evers on routinier Majos Cannon, a 16-year old Danish sport pony by Marchi x Hassan II, who took highest honour in the individual test (71.937%) and kur to music (74.225%). 

There were also two winners in the three junior riders tests. Danish Maria Mejlgaard Jensen won the team championship test aboard her 17-year old Dutch bred Uno IV (by Olivi x Nooitgedacht) on a score of 70.051% and went on to reconfirm her top spot in the individual test with 69.167%, having Swedish Sophie Ludvigsen right on her heels.  Ludvigsen stakes her claim in the freestyle aboard the 8-year old Danish bred Oldenburg gelding Gorklintgaards Jericho (by Jazz) and captured the final junior trophy of the weekend on a kur score of 71.250%.

Marjan Hooge on Eskara de Jeu
Three different Young Riders got the blue ribbon in the CDI leg in Uggerhalne. The team championship test was won by former Dutch junior team member Marjan Hooge on the 9-year old Dutch mare Eskara de Jeu (by Jazz x Jetset D) with 70.784%. Malene Aborg, however, topped the board in the individual test. The Danish rider steered her 8-year old Danish bred Quantico Nexen (by Quaterback) to a 69.020% winning score. In the concluding Kur to Music, Danish Sandra Aagaard Hyrm and the 11-year old KWPN gelding Cavanillas W (by Florett As) danced to victory with 71.859% ahead of Marjan Hooge and Malene Aborg.

Text and Photos © Astrid Appels - No Reproduction Allowed

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