Finland’s Jone Illi Crowned Junior Champion at the FEI Jumping European Championships

Oliva Nova, Spain – July 16, 2022 – At the 2022 FEI Jumping European Championship for Young Riders, Juniors and Children in Oliva Nova, Spain, medals were decided in Saturday’s competitions: First in the individual final for the Juniors, then in the team final for the Children. 

Presented by Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort, Saturday’s individual final for the Juniors had the best 29 horse-and-rider combinations of the week at start. Ahead of the final, Belgium’s Evelyne Putters (BEL) was holding the lead on a score of 0.84, followed by Dutch rider Nick Nanning (NED) on 2.43 in second, Hungary’s Gyula Szuhai Jr. (HUN) on 2.75 in third, Spain’s Olivia Alvarez Garcia (ESP) on 2.96 in fourth and Norway’s Ingrid Sandhei Bjørklund (NOR) on 2.98 in fifth. However, the top eight were within four penalties, and the two final rounds over 1.40m courses set by Santiago Varela (ESP) shook up the standings. 

Jone Illi (FIN) & Eolita L

After the first round, clears from Finland’s Jone Illi (FIN) and Eolita L (Verdi TN x Daimler), Belgium’s Aurealia Guisson (BEL) and No Limit vh Legitahof Z (Nabab de Reve x Berlin) as well as Ireland’s Francis Derwin (IRL) and AHG Whiterock Cruise Down (Cruisings Micky Finn x Touchdown) moved them up on the leader board – with Illi taking the lead on a score of 3.03 ahead of Aurelia Guisson (BEL) in second on 3.40 and Derwin in third on 4 penalty points.

Evelyne Putters (BEL) & Nabeau van het Migroveld Z

A foot in the water for Evelyne Putters (BEL) and Nabeau van het Migroveld Z (Nabab de Reve x Taran de La Pomme) left her sitting fourth with a total score of 4.84 after round one, while Ireland’s Tom Wachman (IRL) and Lazzaro Delle Schiave (Acodetto 2 x Gluecksgriff) jumped clear – putting pressure on the top four, as he was sitting fifth on 6.18.

Aurelia Guisson (BEL) & No Limit vh Legitahof Z

There was no margin for error as the Juniors took to the second round of their individual final. Last year’s European Champion in the Children’s category, Hungary’s Gyula Szuhai Jr. (HUN) jumped clear, ending his first Junior Championship on a total score of 6.75 – eventually good enough for the fifth place. Dutch rider Nick Nanning (NED) and Bandia (Clinsmann 2 x Quintero) also jumped clear, moving them up to fourth with a total score of 6.43. Clear rounds from the Belgian team gold medallists Evelyne Putters (BEL) and Aurelia Guisson (BEL) saw them finish on scores of 4.84 and 3.40 respectively, securing them another medal – the question was which one it would be.

Jone Illi (FIN) & Eolita L

As last to go, Finland’s Jone Illi (FIN) and the wonderful Eolita L made light work of the second and last round of the individual final. Finishing clear, the pair ended their week in Oliva Nova with a total score of 3.03, taking home the individual gold, while Guisson added silver to her collection and Putters bronze. 

Jone Illi (FIN)

 “I had an excellent week, my horse was absolutely top,” Illi said after his victory. “We just jumped the Nordic Baltic Championships, where we won and it is only a week ago. She has jumped absolutely perfect, even if it is hot – in Finland it is never weather like this!” 

 “I did not expect this at all, it is awesome. I have had Eolita for three years, she came to me from the Netherlands. She is very spicy, but she always gives her best, she is a lovely horse,” Illi smiled. 

Aurelia Guisson (BEL) & No Limit vh Legitahof Z

“It is like a dream,” Aurelia Guisson (BEL) said after taking silver. “Last year I was on the podium with my brother, he was second and I was third, and now I am so happy that Evelyne is third,” she said, smiling at her Belgian teammate Putters. “My horse is homebred, she is only nine and she is just lovely,” Aurelia said about her horse No Limit vh Legitahof Z. “She is by Nabab de Reve, just like Evelyne’s horse.” 


Evelyne Putters (BEL) & Nabeau van het Migroveld Z

 “I was a bit disappointed after the first round, having the foot in the water,” bronze medallist Evelyne Putters (BEL) said. “I think I could have avoided that, but we came back good in the second round. I am super happy, and I was already happy with the team gold.” 

Podium: 3) Evelyne Putters (BEL), 1) Jone Illi (FIN) 2) Aurelia Guisson (BEL)

Final Results – 2022 FEI Jumping European Championships for Juniors – Individual Final Standings

Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Final Score – penalty-points

1) Jone Illi (FIN) & Eolita L – 3.03

2) Aurelia Guisson (BEL) & No Limit vh Legitahof Z – 3.40

3) Evelyne Putters (BEL) & Nabeau van het Migroveld Z – 4.84

Source: Press Release by Centro Ecuestre Oliva Nova

Photos: © Hervé Bonnaud / http://www.1clicphoto.com.

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