All Horses Pass Vet Check at 2023 European Young Rider/Under 25 Championships

Tue, 07/11/2023 - 21:40
2023 European Young Rider/Under 25 Championships
Pilisjaszfalu is ready for the 2023 European Young Rider/Under 25 Championships :: Photo © Anett Somogyvari

All horses have passed the horse inspection on Tuesday morning 11 July 2023 and are ready to go in the first test - the Team Championships Test - at  the 2023 European Young Riders and Under 25 Championships in Pilisjaszfalu, Hungary. 

Third Time's a Charm

This is the third time Hungarian entrepreneur Arie Yom Tov has brought European youth championships to his Stable Unikornis on the outskirts of Budapest.

In 2020 he was the saviour of the FEI when he hosted the all comprehensive Youth champions in all five divisions in the corona year. The action returned to his yard in 2022 for the European Children and U25 Championships. This year he has opened his doors for Europe's best Young Riders and Under 25 pairs.

Getting Settled In

The majority of the horses arrived on Sunday to get settled in and acclimatised to the venue. The weather in Hungary is hot and teams are fully equipped to cool down the horses with ice and water baths, ventilators and cold blankets. 

On Monday the riders were able to familiarize their horses in the arenas, first in the 10-minute ring and then in the actual competition arena, in preparation of the competition which begins on Wednesday 12 July.

All Horses Pass

Belgium's Athaline van Roey and Fugranda C
pass the horse inspection
The young riders' horses were first to go in the mandatory horse inspection, followed by the Under 25 pairs. 

All horses passed so no horse was up for re-nspection. 

The Team Competition

The European Championships kick off with the team competition - the team championship test (PSG) for the Young Riders  and the Intermediaire II for the Under 25 riders.  The divisions are split into two groups, the first two riders per nation compete on Wednesday, the last two on Thursday after which the team medals are decided. 

As usual the favourites for team medals are the three big breeding nations in Europe - Germany - Holland - Denmark, but this year Great Britain is coming full force with its young riders' team and France, Belgium and Sweden are not to be underestimated. 

In the Young riders divisions 13 teams are competing: Czech Republic, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and Austria.

In the Under 25 division there are 8 teams: Portugal, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Sweden.

Training Camps

The British team riders and reserves at training
camp prior to departure to Hungary
Some countries held training camps prior to the Euros, some didn't.

"We deliberately did not do a training camp as preparation," German U25 team trainer Sebastian Heinze told Dressursport Deutschland. "Last year I didn't have the feeling that it was optimal. Including a training camp the horses are away from home for ten days and at the ned of it, it wasn't better as the level of the performances went down at the end. That is why I thought it wasn't the right way to hold a camp with the Championships being held here and the long journey." Heinze visited the selected pairs at home prior to departing for Hungary. 

The British young riders did go into a pre-championship training camp where the final composition of their team was decided. The British team is made up of India Durman-Mills (Escade), Lily Laughton (Skovborgs Romadinov,) Jessica McConkey (Lady Gaga) and Annabella Pidgley (Espe). India Durman-Mills stepped in for Ruby Hughes, who opted to ride on the junior team instead.

The stage is set for the European YR/U25 Championships
For some of Europe's best young riders there was little rest for their horses as they went straight from competing in the invitation-only CDIO Aachen Young Riders tour on the road to Hungary. Young riders such as Jette de Jong (Heavenly Charming), Hedda Thunberg (Diva), Alexander Yde Helgstrand (Belantis), Annabella Pidgley (Espe), Robin Heiden (Gasmonkey) and Mado Pinto (Hot Bit de la Gesse) showed in Aachen before heading to Hungary.

Let the Games begin.

Photos © Anett Somogyvari - private

Related Links
Eurodressage Coverage of the 2023 European Young Riders and Under 25 Championships
2023 European Young Riders and U25 Championships Allocated to Pilisjaszfalu