Knokke Hippique is not only packed with international top-class competitions. It is also a learning school and showcase for ambitious young riders and promising sport horses. For three weeks 5-, 6- and 7-year-old horses compete in a series of challenging competitions.
This morning, the 6-year-olds opened week 3 of Knokke Hippique in the main arena. With 15 clear rounds in the two phases of the competition, they were clearly in good form. Mattheus Corréa and the Zangersheide mare Chic Olympique de Kreisker Z Imperio Egipicio (Cornet Obolensky x Tinka’s Boy | Breeder: Elevage De Kreisker) were victorious with almost 3 seconds to spare on Aniek Diks and Limelight AD (KWPN | Emir R x Diarado | Breeder: A.A.J.M. Diks). Josch Löhden and the Holstein gelding Claus CM (Clearway x Caretino 2 | Breeder: Bernd Carstensen-Moeller) finished third.
In the competition for 7-year-old horses, victory went to Inès Van Den Bosch and the BWP mare Paris van de Berghoeve (Quickly de Kreisker x Calvaro). They were also very successful during week 2 of Knokke Hippique: “Last week Paris jumped clear in every class. We only had one fault in the jump-off of the final. That’s why I decided to raise the bar a bit this week and compete for the win. And we succeeded immediately, even though Paris doesn’t have that much experience at this level yet. She’s just such a talented horse!” Inès is part of a very passionate horse family. “Paris van de Berghoeve was bred by my uncle Paul Van Den Bosch,” says Inès. “I started training Paris a year ago. She is developing very well. I hope to participate in the Belgian Championship but I am also aiming at the World Championship in Zangersheide. Why not?! During these 3 weeks at Knokke Hippique our horses learn an awful lot. So this is the ideal opportunity to prepare for Lanaken. But not only the athletic aspect makes Knokke Hippique a great experience for me. Our whole family comes here to support me and to enjoy the coastal area. The ideal mix to start the summer with!”
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