Ground Jury Appointed for 2024 European Pony, Children, Junior Riders Championships

Mon, 12/04/2023 - 13:11
Belgian judge Freddy Leyman, here at the 2020 CDI Grote Brogel :: Photo © Astrid Appels

The FEI has appointed the ground jury for the 2024 European Championships for Pony, Children and Junior Riders. They will be held at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium, on 25 - 28 July 2024. 

Sentower Park is best known as a competition venue for show jumping events, but it also hosts a phase of the Belgian Warmblood stallion licensing and in 2021 and 2022 it hosted its first CDI competitions. In 2023, however, a clash between the show organizer and the venue occurred with the CDI moving to Aachen and Sentower Park hosting another CSIO for youth riders on the scheduled dates. 

At the moment, Sentower Park still seems committed to welcoming dressage back into its state-of-the art facility which has top footing, spacious arenas and permanent boxes.

The ground jury will include


  • Freddy Leyman (BEL) - president
  • Frederico Pinteus (POR)
  • Alban Tissot (FRA)
  • Knut Danzberg (GER)
  • Patricia Wolters (NED)

The reserve judge is Annette Fransen-Iacobaeus (SWE).


  • Carlos Lopes (POR) - president
  • Olivier Smeets (BEL)
  • Jean-Michel Roudier (FRA)
  • Marlena Gruca Rucinska (POL)
  • Hans Voser (SUI)

Junior Riders

  • Jacques van Daele (BEL) - president
  • Janine van Twist (NED)
  • Eva-Maria Vint-Warmington (EST)
  • Sandrine Trimborn (FRA)
  • Thomas Kessler (GER)

The reserve judge will be Kjell Myhre (NOR).

The chief steward for the entire championships will be Petra Choc (AUT).

Photo © Astrid Appels

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