The fight is on at the Dutch Jumping Championships at Green Valley Estate in Deurne. After yesterday’s opening round for senior riders, it was Jur Vrieling who took the lead with his Fiumicino van de Kalevallei (v. Plot Blue). After this afternoon’s second round, Vrieling is still in the lead, but he’s being closely chased by Maikel van der Vleuten and Harrie Smolders.
Maikel van der Vleuten was on fire this afternoon, placing his horses O’Bailey v/h Brouwershof (v. Darco) and Luigi D’Eclipse (v. Catoki) in both first and second place. With Luigi D’Eclipse, Van der Vleuten is currently right behind Vrieling (0 points) in the overall standings, with a mere 0.57 point difference. Harrie Smolders and Uricas vd Kattevennen (v. Uriko) finished fifth today, but firmly hold onto third place in the overall standings (with 1.38 points).
Kim Emmen – who wasn’t expecting much of this weekend, although we suspect saying that is part of her tactics – surprises in fourth place in the overall standings with Island VG (v. VDL Zirocco Blue), with a total point score of just 2.40. Maikel van der Vleuten with O’Bailey v/h Brouwershof and Leopold van Asten with VDL Groep Iron Z are also ranked with a score of less than 4 points, meaning a single jumping fault can still impact the overall standings hugely. The fight amongst the Seniors surely isn’t over yet!
Youths puts up good battle
The fight is equally exciting in the Youth-classes. Six Children riders are all in first place in the overall standings. Nina Houtzager (with two horses), Bethany Vos, Liv Linssen (with two horses) and Stella Heijligers are still in a fierce battle for the gold medal. This morning though, it was River Morssinkhof and Leonidas 129 (v. Leonce) who won the 1.20 meter-class, who in overall standings is in a shared 7th place.
Today’s opening class for Junior riders over a 1.40 meter course was won by Jennifer Munsterhuis and Hurricane M (v. Verdi). In the overall standings, it’s still Thijmen Vos and I’ve Got The Key (v. Womanizer) who are in the lead. They’re closely followed by Hilde Veenstra with Gideon DLS and Finn Boerekamp with Calindra 2.
Like yesterday, Skye Morssinkhof won today’s Young Rider class. This time around, she was riding her Baloubet du Rouet-mare Baloubelle 5. She wasn’t as lucky with G-Vingino-Blue as yesterday, collecting 6 faults in her course. With Baloubelle 5, Morssinkhof is still holding onto third place in the overall standings. Fleur Holleman and Cataque du Haut Breil is in second overall and Auke Feenstra and Jolineke (v. Starpower) is currently on top of the rankings. Find all of today’s results and the overall rankings here.
Source: DigiShots News