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Contrary to the children's competition, the Young Riders category had clear favourites for the medals, since Petronella Andersson from Sweden, Maelle Martin from France and Martin Fuchs from Switzerland were way in the lead.
Frank Rothenberger and his crew demanded a great deal of concentration and know-how from the 33 finalists. All in all, there were thirteen clear rounds in the first round and only seven in the second round.
The Young Riders' "Farewell Competition" opened the final day of the championships. The Norwegians once again proved their class, as Camilla Storemark and her 11 year old Holstein mare "Tiffany" were almost four seconds ahead of the second ranked Valerie Van de Poel ("Wernsen") from Belgium.
It was so quiet you could hear a pin drop as the young German rider entered the arena with his Holstein gelding "Cooper 75". Tebbel was already second in the pony's European championships, won bronze in the team competition and gold in the 2010 Jardy (FRA) team competition. Now, he had his chance for the individual gold medal.
Slowly but surely the the Championships come to an end. The farewell competitions for Children and Juniors opened today’s finals.
Children teams from 20 different nations took part in the thrilling second qualifying round. 10 nations particularly stood out, as they finished the first part with clear rounds. The second round was even more exciting as obstacles were stretched to the limit, which provided various opportunities for slips and mistakes. The Belgium team, Louise Van Laer (Stefanie), Zoe Conter (Webalia G), Gille Thomas (Wielisa) and Leen Verwimp (Ceringa) got off to a dream start in the second round and struck gold with only 4 penalty points.
In the second qualifying round the french Young Riders got in the lead with 4 penalty points in a time of 237.32 seconds. On second place after the first round was Switzerland (5/236,65) in front of Sweden (8pp), Spain (16pp), Germany (17pp) and Norway (17pp). In spite of a few faults the French kept the lead: Maelle Martin (Nelson Du Biolay) stayed double-clear, Alexandre Fontanelle finished with one time penalty and Margauy Bost (Khan Du Fraigneau) as well as Thibault Pigeon (Jasmin du Perron) had one fence down. In the end, France finished with 9 penalty points and the gold medal in the team competition of the European championships for Young Riders.
After the first round, Ireland was just behind France with 4 penalty points and a time of 230 seconds (France: 4/226.7). After today's three great rounds from Bertram Allen (Wild Thing L), Sven Joseph Hadley (Adelgonde-Z), Max O'Reilly Hyland (Da Vinci's Pride) and Shannon Mackenzie, the Irish team exceeded all expectations and received the gold medal in the Junior team competition. France missed the opportunity of a medal and came in 5th as Margaux Bouchery fell off her horse.
Frank Rothenberger's (GER) parcours proved to be technically adept and fast-paced once again. In the second round of the Young Rider's qualifying, the participants faced fences up to 1.55 meters. From all 70 competitors only 9 were clear, thereby changing the score board significantly.
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Austria's children off to a dream start! Austria's youth got off to a dream start at the championships. Johanna Sixt, current Austrian champion in the "Children" class, and her horse "Lillifee" once again proved their magnificence and came in first in today's first qualifying for the "Children's" single competition.
The vet-check is completed and all horses, except for one British animal, are fit to compete. After tomorrow’s reexamination of this horse, and a hopefully positive result, the European championships may begin!
Small, spotted and adorable is the the male mini-pony, which was born on the 1st of May 2012. The proud parents of the new-born are the stallion "Romany Kinsman" and the gentle "Angel von Fairymount". The yet nameless foal is going to be named at the FEI European Jumping Championships at "Magna Racino".
The names of the participants are officially announced and the clock is ticking. The European Jumping Championships open on the 14th of August and offer thrilling competitions at the "Magna Racino" horse sports facilities!
Attention Fans! There are limited numbers of campsite spaces available to witness the European Championships at the „Magna Racino“ horse sports facilities. Gastronomy, bathrooms and toilettes are provided.
Enjoy six days of thrilling horse sports, emotions and an enormous amount of fun at the European Jumping Championships for Young Riders at "Magna Racino" (Lower Austria).
The official logo is created and the posters are designed. The only thing missing is an official EM-song.
Still in preparations, the construction work on the new "Magna Racino" facilities are being finished to host the FEI European Jumping Championships for Young Riders.
The names of the participants are official and the clock is ticking. The European Jumping Championships open on the 14th of August and offer thrilling competitions at the "Magna Racino" horse sports facilities!