Lucie Martinot won the Grand Prix for Young Riders in Veeningen on the Bemer Young Riders Tour on Sunday afternoon. The 20-year-old Frenchwoman was the best on the jump with just three sets, but she wasn’t in the clear.
It is true that her horse Brisbane des Salines did not press any beams, but the jockey rode so calmly to the finish that she was eventually awarded two penalty points for going over time. She was able to put up with it, because she watched Aurora Guaragno, who started ahead of her, get four penalty points, and the other rider, Czech rider Adam Pisarek, after jumping two beams, got eight penalty points.
The best Dutch player was Skye Morssinkhof from Hierden with G-Vingino-Blue (VDL Zirocco Blue \ Orame \ Ulina). Last year she managed to win the Youth Grand Prix in Finningen, but now she had to settle for fourth place. Morssinkhof exited the base course with four errors, but had the fastest time of all the participants who missed the jump. That base course was very challenging, as National Coach Vincent Foron saw as well. “It’s good at this level. Along with German Hagen, Veeningen is one of the toughest competitions, but if you want to take part in a European championship, you as a rider should be able to handle this. Sky drove fine,” said Voren, who He will announce his final selection for the European Championships in Italy after Hagen at the end of this month, “It’s a pity she came out wrong after the fourth jump and hit a beam.
Sky hopes to be selected for the European Championship
Sky Morsenkopf hopes she’s there. “I don’t ride in Hagen, because the national coach wants to see a few more riders there, but I hope my level improves,” said the rider, who has convincingly won two cycles in Wengen these days. And she agreed that the Grand Prix course was not easy. “When I looked from the side, it didn’t look too bad, but while driving I noticed that it wasn’t an easy track. You can also see that in the number of combinations that led to the jump. Only three out of 55 participated.” After Morssinkhof, Mart IJland (Hengelo Ov) is eighth with Kaida CM with four penalty points, Fleur Holleman (Huissen) is fourteenth with the same number of penalty points with Cataque Du Haut Breil, Auke Feenstra (Bontebok) with eight penalty points 25 and Stegen Testers (Croissland) with eight penalty points 26th. The Junior Grand Prix took place earlier in the day. There Germany’s Toni Stürmanns-Cennamo became the winner and Jersey Kuijpers of Helmond sixth.
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