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Two new world champions in Lion d'Angers

LION D'ANGERS: The FEI/WBFSH World Championships for Young Eventing Horses has once again taken place in the beautiful park in Lion d'Angers in France. Piggy French and XX rode their horses to become the 2019 world champions for young horses

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d. 20-10-2019 - 16:02

The name of a young Norwegian rider based in GB has been on everyone's lips at the FEI/WBFSH World Championships for Young Eventing Horses in Lion d'Angers in France. Yasmin Nathalie Olsson Sanderson has never ridden at such a big show before and yet she took the lead from the first day in dressage with her lovely KWPN gelding Inchello by Chello III VDL x Montreal and stayed ahead of all her competitors after a faultfree cross country on Saturday.


After a very wet night the grass arena had gotten even wetter that for the dressage, so Sunday the show jumping turned out very challenging as the ground was very slippery, and many of the top candidates got so many penalties that they ended outside the medals. However, Yasmin Sandersson managed to stay on the podium earned a bronze medal after she had one pole down in the show jumping.


Sixth after the cross, French Carlile took silver aboard his Selle Francais Dartagnan de Beliard by Quite Easy x Diamant de Semilly as he succeeded in staying clear. So did Great Britain's Piggy French and Cooley Lancer and secured the gold medal and the title af world champions for young horses which is actually Piggy's 15th. The ZVCH gelding Cooley Lancer by Coeur de Nobless M x Ogano sitte is bred by Schwiss Eliano Meroni and owned by Cooley Farm.


View result of 6-year-olds.



Second after dressage and in the lead after the cross country, British Tom McEwen and the grey ISH gelding Brookfield Benjamin B by Nazar x Grange Bouncer had one pole down in the show jumping and just like it was the case for Norwegian Sanderson Tom McEwen also landed third place to call himself and Benjamin bronze medallists. 


American rider Elizabeth Halliday-Sha and her ISH gelding Cooley Moonshine by Cobra x Kings Master were only 9th after dressage and 13th after the cross, but as they were among the very few 7-year-olds that got a clear round they were able to secure themselves silver medal.


Another combination that had a marvelous and faultfree round in the show jumping was Tim Price from New Zealand and his black KWPN gelding Happy Boy by Indoctro x Odermuser. They were 13th after the dressage and moved up to 8th place after a round of cross. They ended up being the only combination that were able to not ad anything on to their dressage score and that was all it took to secure gold and earn the world champion title for 7-year-olds.


View result of 7-year-olds.



The studbook rankings of Le Mondial 2019.