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Excitement until last ride

In the finals for the 6-year-old horses at Longines FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championships in show jumping at Lanaken the very last rider in the jump-off claimed the gold medal

Belgian Jeroen de Winter receives the winner's WBFSH blanket presented by Nadine Brandtner.
d. 16-09-2018 - 16:23

Unbelievably fast ... That’s how the jump-off in the World Championship final for 6-year-old horses went... For a long time it seemed that Donald Whitaker would become the new world champion! He stopped the clock in a lightning fast time of 33.95 seconds with Chilli. This daughter of Colestus is bred by Erich Schoch and already became World Champion last year as a 5-year old, then under the saddle of Pippa Goddard. However in the end it was one of the last riders, Jeroen De Winter, who managed to dive under Whitaker's time. He brought Mystic van 't Hoogeinde to the finish in 33.01 seconds and thus claimed the title of World Champion. This daughter of Echo van 't Spieveld was bred by Rony Thys who was more than pleased to collect his breeder premium on top! Thiago Ribas da Costa earned bronze with Mano Negra van de Bucxtale. This daughter of Mylord Carthago is a half-sister of the new Belgian Champion Kannabis van de Bucxtale and bred by Els Boterdale. They reached the finish in 35.17 seconds.

The World Champion of last year, Gerard O’Neill, just landed beside the podium. He stopped the clock in 26.03 seconds with Cuffesgrange Cavadora, a daughter of Z Wellie 72 bred by Clare Hughes. Angelique Rüsen closed the top five. This German lady stopped the chrono in 36.66 seconds with Mandato van de Neerheide (Emerald van 't Ruytershof - Breeder: Eric van Giel).

Elle van 't Ameldonk Z was the best Zangersheide horse. This daughter of Emerald van 't Ruytershof bred by BVBA Ameldonk gained an eighth place under the saddle of Walter Lelie.

For Jeroen de Winter, this victory was not really planned ... "I submitted my applications to the Belgian federation three months ago. Mainly with the goal to compete in the 7-year olds horses class with Leandro VG (Gitano from Berkenbroeck) and L'Innocence van 't Meulenhof (Diamant de Semilly). A few weeks ago we became 6th at the Belgian Championship and when I looked at Equibel, I saw that I was also selected with Mystic for this World Championship. It was not really my plan, so I briefly consulted with my coach Dirk Demeersman. He said that I had to try it for sure and here I am... “ Mystic van 't Hoogeinde entered Jeroen’s stable a 4-year old horse and is still half owned by breeder Rony Thys. "Her eldest offspring is now two years old, so I hope I'll be back in a few years." Jeroen laughs.

Donald Whitaker was also very happy with his title of vice World Champion. "I actually thought and hoped that I had won..." he says. "I have her under the saddle since the beginning of this year and this mare is truly exceptional. We already won the Finals of the Global Future Champions in Valkenswaard this year and I was really looking forward to my first participation in the World Championship! To be able to debut with a second place is nothing short of fantastic! "

Thiago Riba da Costa was also very happy with his Mano Negro van de Bucxtale. "I bought her together with Fabrice Galdini as a 4-year-old. She is very sensitive and special but that is her quality. I had a kick on my leg here on Thursday at the competition so I have a lot of pain and even while I could not give leg, the mare continued jumping fantastic. It's a good weekend, knowing that her half-brother became Belgian champion yesterday! "


The winning horses and riders are:


Gold: Mystic van 'T Hoogeinde
Chest BWP mare
Sire: Echo van T Spieveld
Dam sire: Darco
Breeder: Rony Thys, Belgium
Owner: Eric de Winter, Belgium
Rider: Jeroen de Winter, Belgium

Silver: Chilli
Grey DTPS mare
Sire: Colestus
Dam sire: Colorit
Breeder: Erich Schoch, Germany
Owner: Thomas Willieam, Great Britain
Rider: Donald Whitaker, Great Britain

Bronze: Mano Negra van de Bucxtale
Grey BWP gelding
Sire: Mylord Carthago
Dam sire: Concorde
Breeder: Els Boterdaele, Belgium
Owner: Ecurie Da Costa, Brazil
Rider: Thiago Ribas da Costa, Brazil


View the results HERE.

View the medal winners HERE.