Jette de Jong's Indini On Loan to Fellow Belgian Young Rider

Thu, 05/09/2024 - 15:43
Jette de Jong and Indini at the 2023 CDI Aachen Festival 4 Dressage :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Belgian young rider team member Jette de Jong has given the ride on her second horse, Indini, to  fellow Belgian rider Britt van de Weyer for the 2024 show season.

Indini is an 11-year old Dutch warmblood by Chippendale out of Scarpini van de Vannahoeve (by Romeo). He is bred by Jette's mom Marielle Hoefsmit. 

Jette de Jong

The home bred Indini made his international show debut in 2021 at the CDI Sint-Truiden at junior riders' level with Jette. The pair competed in Opglabbeek, Exloo, and Zandhoven that year and continued through 2022 with more starts in Lier, Opglabbeek, and Hagen. They won gold at the 2022 Belgian Junior Riders Championships.

At the end of 2022, Jette moved Indini up to Young Riders level at the CDI Aachen Indoor, where she finished third and second with him.  Also serving as the back-up horse to her number one, Heavenly Charming, Indini proved consistency in 2023 at shows in Le Mans, Waregem and Aachen.

Britt van de Weijer

With her own horse currently sidelined due to injury, Belgian young rider Britt van de Weyer was without a ride this 2024 show year. De Jong and Hoefsmit have decided to hand over Indini for the season.

The 20-year old Van de Weijer has been competing internationally since 2019, first on ponies with Smart Girl and N-Constantini van de Bolkerhoeve. With the latter she rode on the Belgian team at the 2020 European Pony Championships.

As of 2022 Britt made her international debut as a junior aboard Arrivederci (by Ampere x Lord Loxley) and competed on the team at the 2022 European Junior Riders Championships in Hartpury, where she was 40th in the individual test. It was her last international show. 

Paying it Forward

Van de Weyer and Arrivederci at the
2022 CDI Sint-Truiden
Indini will now take Britt back to the competition scene as a catch ride.

"He stays with us at home and Britt comes here to train. Together we'll go to Jeanette (Haazen) a few times a week," Jette told Eurodressage. "Britt needed a horse to do her school exam (equestrian management) and I told her she could ride Indi as he's very easy. This gave us the idea that she could also compete him. Heavenly always scores a bit higher internationally, but it would be a pity to leave Indini home because he can get and gets good scores."

Jette continued, "it would be great to see both our horses at the nice shows. We had quite a few Belgian young riders drop out and of course we hope he can strengthen the Belgian young riders team."

De Jong stressed that this is not a lease but an act of kindness to a team mate. "Maybe this is an example to others who have good horses at home that don't compete," said Jette. "They could give a chance to other riders." 

Frensh into their partnership, Van de Weyer and Indini made their national debut at the CDN Laakdal on 27 April and scored 63.897%. Last weekend at the CDN Pottes they scored 70.882% in the team test.

Photos © Astrid Appels

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