Pony European Championships in Arezzo, Italy
In the last week of July, from Tuesday 23rd to Sunday 28th, the Arezzo Equestrian Centre will host the most important event in European events for ponies with the European Championships. Show jumping, three-day eventing and dressage are the disciplines included in the programme of competitions leading up to the presentation of the titles and medals. The Organizing Committee and the Italian Federation for Equestrian Sports have been at work for some time to prepare an unforgettable event. The seventheen countries that have confirmed their participation are Austria, Belgium, France, Hungary, Denmark, Holland, Poland, Switzerland, Great Britain, Norway, Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Ireland, Spain, Russia and Italia. It will be an exciting event starring the equestrian world's youngest riders!
the Arezzo Equestrian Centre
The location: Arezzo Equestrian Centre
Thirty-two acres, 118,000 square meters of sports facilities, 3 sand arenas with one in grass (1.8 hectares) considered among the best in the world, 4 work areas including one covered (70x30) and 400 boxes for guests . The Arezzo Equestrian Centre is one of the most prestigious competitive structures at European level. In 2004 it hosted the Italian leg of the Global Champions Tour and since 2010 has hosted 30 competitions of the federal programme every year. Since October 2010, the site management is entrusted to Holmo srl, conducted by Riccardo Boricchi and Carlo Bernardini, who planned a large project of revival and renewal of the structure. The Arezzo Equestrian Centre was created in 1999 with the idea and passion of Ita Marzotto, who bought the Equestrian Club Aretino (1 hectare). Over the years it has also transformed into the Arezzo Equestrian Centre. AEC is home to many top events such as: Tuscany Tour, Global Champions Tour, Rider's Tour, Equestrian Style, Pony Mania, CSIO Junior and Young Riders, Pony CSIO, Italian Championship, Final Circuit FISE-ASSI young horses and other events such as the Italian Quarter Horse Championship and the Italian Driving Championship. Arezzo Equestrian Centre is the new reality of equestrian sports, a meeting point for people who love the world of the horse, for the simple enthusiasts and for anyone who desiring to link their image to one of the most exclusive, elegant and refined circuits of sporting events in Italy.
EC dressage teams for Herning are taking shape.
German dressage team without big surprises
The Dressage Committee of the DOKR has nominated the following pairs:
Helen Langehanenberg with the stallion Damon Hill NRW, Kristina Sprehe with Desperados FRH, Anabel Balkenhol with Dablino FRH and Isabell Werth aboard Don Johnson FRH.
Helen Langehanenberg with the stallion Damon Hill NRW Picture Julia Rau
First reserve is Fabienne Lüttkemeier with D'Agostino, the second reserve is Nadine Capellmann and Girasol.
Swiss team for the Europeans
The Swiss Dressage squad consists of two experienced combinations, Marcela Krinke Susmelj/Smeyers Molberg and Hans Staub/Warbeau, and two newcomers: Caroline Häcki aboard Rigoletto Royal CH and Melanie Hofmann with GB Cazzago C CH.
Norwegian dressage team for EC Herning
The combinations are:
Lillian Jebsen (picture) riding Pro-Set, Camilla Kalseth riding Carte D'Or, Ellen Birgitte Fabrot riding Tailormade Akon Askelund, Cathrine Rasmussen riding Fernandez.
Danish dressage squad
The Danish team consists of the following combinations:
Anna Kasprzak – Donnperignon, Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein – Digby, Andreas Helgstrand – Akeem Foldager and Lone Bang Larsen – Fitou L
Andreas Helgstrand and Akeem Foldager Picture Julia Rau
The reserve riders will be Lisbet Seierskilde on Jonstrupgaardens Raneur, Thomas Sigtenbjerggaard on Nintendo and Lars Petersen on Mariett.
The British team with Hester and Uthopia
The European Championships will see once again the British team that won the Olympic dressage gold. Charlotte Dujardin (Valegro), Carl Hester (Uthopia) and Laura Tomlinson (Mistral Hojris) will be joined by Michael Eilberg (Half Moon Delphi) to compete in Denmark from August 20th to 25th.
Carl Hester and Uthopia Picture Kit Houghton/FEI
French Dressage team
The French team consist of the following combinations:
Jessica Michel and Riwera de Hus, Karen Tebar with Florentino, Claire Gosselin with Karamel de Lauture and Marc Boblet with Noble Dream Concept Sol.
The two reserves: Ludovic Henry and After You, Arnaud Serre and Robinson de Massa.
Dressage team Sweden
Nominated dressage team:
Patrik Kittel riding Watermill Scandic HBC
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén riding Don Auriello
Minna Telde riding Santana
Malin Hamilton riding Fleetwood
Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén riding Don Auriello Picture Peter Zachrisson/FEI
The Spanish team
The following combinations will start in Herning:
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx riding Grandioso HGF
Jose A. Garcia Mena riding Norte Lovera
Juan M. Muñoz riding Fuego de Cardenas
Lauro Aguilo riding Hierro
Juan M. Muñoz riding Fuego de Cardenas Picture GHPC © Michael Rzepa
Olympic contestant Morgan Barbancon with Painted Black is not on the team, she did not start the stallion since the Olympics in London.
The Dutch team
The members of the Dutch team will be announced on Sunday, after the Dutch Championships held in Hoofddorp these days. Jerich Parzival does not appear to the start during the Championships, but he is likely to be fit for the European Championships in Herning.
Jerich Parzival and Adelinde Cornelissen back in training Picture www.Arnd.nl
Australian National Dressage Squad
Following strong performances at the recent Sydney CDI3*, Queensland's Sheridyn Ashwood (VDL Prestige) joins the national program on the 2013 Elite Squad, as does Australian Dressage Champion and 2012 Equestrian Australia domestic athlete of the year Maree Tomkinson (Diamantina) who moves from the A squad onto the elite squad.
Sheridyn Ashwood aboard VDL Prestige Picture Berni Saunders
Combinations have been selected on the national squads because they have demonstrated the potential to represent Australia at an internationally competitive standard.
2013 Elite Squad
Sheridyn Ashwood VDL Prestige
Hayley Beresford Jaybee Alabaster
Mary Hanna Sancette (hold)
Kristy Oatley-Nist Ronan 2
Lyndal Oatley Sandro Boy
Heath Ryan Regardez Moi
Rozzie Ryan GV Bullwinkle
David Shoobridge OO Seven
Maree Tomkinson Diamantina
Press Release, Michelle Cook