Last weekend in Ermelo, Netherlands, the International Endurance Championships took place. In all distances – 160 km, 125 km, 100 km and 60 km – the winners were Pure bred horses that have been given the special trophies from Arabian Horse Breeders Society of Netherlands as well.
Polish representant – Beata Dzikowska from KJ Champion has taken second position (19 entries) at CEI** – 100 km, for seniors, riding stallion Cyryl 1995 (Sinus – Cyrla), b. SK Kurozwęki, with good average tempo 17,98 km/h. Third was Dorota Krzywicka from TKJ Garbówek on Malopolska breed mare Sahiba (by Grandorr oo) – 17,21 km/h, 8th Kamila Kart from KJ Champion Łódź on bay stallion Shanokk (Santhos – Sinjah), b. Saleska Arabians [DE] – 14,99 km/h, 9th Artur Landau, also from KJ Champion Łódź, riding 10 years old stallion Hint (Entyk – Harmata), b. SK Kurozwęki – 14,98 km/h. Maciej Kacprzyk who also took part in this concourse didn’t finish and resigned on the second turn-round due to his horse’s contusion (Lozanna mlp.).
At CEI** – 100 km for juniors and youth riders Olga Ciesielska from KJ Champion Łódź on handsome Efendi (Harbin – Eutrofia), b. SK Białka has taken 4th place – 14,20 km/h. This young and talented rider finished just after Beata Dzikowska, placed first. Unfortunately the faults on the last turn-round and the finish passes in wrong place caused her last, 4th position.
The longest distance (160 km) was won by UK-representant Fiona Hamilton, on 9 years old Pure bred mare Sharifah.In this concourse also the National Championships of the Netherlands were held. It was won by Yvonne Van Der Velde on Joy Touch of Cherain. This horse was also Best Condition awarded.
The weather was very good and the participants were satisfied also with the way signage the various turn-rounds and central vet gate.
Organization system seemed to be good as well – after each gate the competitors were given the information about their speed, current place and the next part departure time as well as the time of entering the vet gate and examination results.
Poles were very satisfied with their start. Their results has proven that the distance between Polish and foreign teams is getting smaller and in this case it was no difference at all – Poles were fighting for the best places. Horse conditioning, equipment, technique and good services confirms the good disposition of our team.