Dinja van Liere Brings Hermes and New Horse, Vita di Lusso, to 2022 CDI-W Mechelen

Thu, 12/22/2022 - 16:48
The Netherlands
Dinka van Liere schooling Hermes at the 2022 World Championships in Herning :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Dutch World Championship bronze medal winning duo Dinja van Liere and Hermes will be picking up their World Cup Finals qualification campaign at the 2022 CDI-W Mechelen on 28 - 29 December 2022. 

Short Break for Hermes 

Van Liere and the 10-year old licensed KWPN stallion Hermes (by Easy Game x Flemmingh) began their World Cup effort in Lyon on 27 October, but had to pull out for the Grand Prix when the horse turned up unlevel in the warm-up. 

Owned by Joop van Uytert and Dutch investor Jan Anker, Hermes is now entered for the World Cup qualifier in Mechelen, Belgium. 

Vita di Lusso

Dinja will also be bringing her new small tour horse, the 7-year old  Hanoverian Vita di Lusso (by Vitalis x Weltano).

Owned by Eugene Reesink, the bay was previously named Lemarc De Ymas and shown in Spain by Alfonso Ramírez. 

Ramirez and Vita di Lusso in 2019
He was bred in Madrid by Sandaraca Vince SL, a company behind Javier Bacariza and Cristina Danguillecourt of Yeguada de Ymas.  He sold as a 3-year old to Alfonso Ramirez in February 2018. The pair won silver at the 2019 Spanish Young Horse Championships in the 4-year old division and sold to Eugene Reesink in The Netherlands in November 2019.

Reesink gave the ride on the bay to Dinja, who premiered him at the 2022 CDI Leeuwarden in October, where they were fourth in the Prix St Georges and won the Inter I Freestyle. 

Star Studded Field in Mechelen

Van Liere will be joined by several other top ranked World Cup riders, including all three other Dutch team riders from Herning

 Emmelie Scholtens who is bringing Desperado (by Vivaldi x Havidoff). The black licensed stallion recently made his come back at the CDI-W Vilhelmsborg after a period of injury and is now pursuing a ticket to Omaha.

Third Dutch team rider Thamar Zweistra is bringing her second choice, Hexagon's Double Dutch (by Johnson x Rubiquil), to Belgium, while Marieke van der Putten is showing Torveslettens Titanium (by Totilas x Stedinger). 

Fresh from winning the World Cup qualifier of London aboard her world champion Glamourdale, British Charlotte Fry is entered in Mechelen with her Tokyo Olympic mount Everdale (by Lord Leatherdale x Negr), as well as small tour horse Jackson (by Everdale x Negro) who is making his international debut at small tour level.

Scholtens and Desperado at the 2019 CDI-W Mechelen
World Championship team bronze medal winning German team rider Frederic Wandres will be competing Duke of Britain (by Dimaggio x Rubinstein) one last time before the rider heads to Wellington, Florida for the winter competing at the Global Dressage Festival. 

World Championship team gold medal winner Nanna Skodborg Merrald will be in Mechelen with her new number one in the barn, Blue Hors St. Schufro (by St Moritz jr x Don Schufro). The 11-year old Hanoverian licensed stallion was already second at the World Cup Qualifier in Vilhelmsborg two months ago. 

Home country Belgium will be represented by Olympians Larissa Pauluis (Flambeau), Domien Michiels (Intermezzo van het Meerdaalhof), and Jorinde Verwimp (Charmer) amongst others. 

Photos © Astrid Appels - Lily Forado 

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