Future Stars Shine on World Class Stage
The Global Future Champions competition kicked off at Tops International Arena, Valkenswaard yesterday and it was packed full of action, with 13 exciting classes showcasing young rider talent at this world-class facility.
The competition takes place over three days and gives U25 riders, young riders, juniors, children and pony riders the opportunity to compete in a world-leading environment, allowing them to develop at the top level and gain experience at this exceptional venue. Riders will compete around testing courses in the expansive sand arenas, with competitors travelling from 25 different countries to take part.
Two exciting young rider classes took place on the first day of competition with up-and-coming talent in the spotlight. Britain's William Fletcher clinched victory in the first class of the day, a 1.45m two-phase competition with Persimmon. Speaking about his win and competing at this prestigious location, William said: "It's amazing to ride here, it's such a phenomenal venue and to be able to compete in this environment is fantastic. To win is even better, i'm thrilled with my horse and am looking forward to another day of competition!"
Belgium’s Malin Bollen continued her recent run of good form and faced down her opponents in the 1.20m class for Juniors, partnering her striking black mare Serieuse du Rouet. Meanwhile, the 1.35m class was won by Italian rider Gloria Curzola with Nico Chicco van de Padenborre.
Children and Ponies
13-year-old German talent Naomi Himmelreich won the children class with her seven-year-old An-Ton, while Dutch young rider Emily van Seumeren was the convincing winner of the 1.10m class for pony riders, posting a spectacular fast clear round in just 26.25 seconds! The hotly contested 1.15m class also saw a fast clear from 14-year-old Jef Peeters clinch the top spot riding Qatar Optimus, and Danish talent Leonora Sandberg took the honours in the 1.25m class with MHS Kilkenny All Star.
Talented Ukrainian young rider Anastasiya Bondarieva, who has represented Ukraine at four European Championships, showcased her potential and won the U25 1.35m class with Quickborn. Sweden’s Stella Röhlcke won the 1.45m with the 12-year-old KWPN mare Delina, a talented mare that was formerly ridden by Dutch Olympian and Madrid in Motion rider Maikel van der Vleuten.
All the action from Global Future Champions will be live streamed throughout the competition here.