Katrin Eckermann & Cascajall Conquer the First Qualifier Amongst 6-Year-Olds at the World Championship

Lanaken, Belgium – September 21, 2023 – Simultaneously with the 7-year-old horses, the start signal for the first qualifier for the 6-year-old horses was also given on Thursday morning in Lanaken. At the Ramiro Z Arena, no fewer than 256 combinations appeared at the start in a 2-phase class over a height of 1.35 m.

Katrin Eckermann (GER) & Cascajall

It was the German top lady rider Katrin Eckermann (GER) who managed to win this first qualifier with the Westphalian gelding Cascajall, a son of Casallco and Comme Il Faut who was bred in Germany by Alfons Baumann and who comes from the same damline as the stallion Polydox. Eckermann and Cascajall already appeared as the 26th combination at the start and managed to outclass the competition with a flawless 2nd phase in 28.96 seconds.

Damian Cojocariu (ROM) & Con Clarimo

The Romanian rider Damian Cojocariu (ROM) followed after Eckermann in 2nd place with the Oldenburg stallion Con Clarimo, a son of Cinsey in combination with Clarimo. Con Clarimo was bred in Germany by Paul Schockemöhle and comes from the same damline as the GP horses Chandro Blue, Dublin and H5 Chacco-San, all offspring of the stallion Chacco Blue. Cojocariu and Con Clarimo started as one of the last combinations and managed to reach the finish in 29.28 seconds.

Michael Pender (IRL) & GCS Rosie

The 3rd ‘podium place’ during this first qualifier was reserved for the Irish rider Michael Pender (IRL) with the Irish-bred mare GCS Rosie, a daughter of Luidam and l’Arc de Triomphe who was bred by Olivia Brenna. Pender and GCS Rosie started this morning as the 13th combination and after a double clear round they crossed the finishline in 29.64 seconds.

Furthermore, the German rider Patrick Stühlmeyer with the stallion Chaloubino PS Old (Chacoon Blue x Centadel – B: Gestüt Lewitz) and the Italian rider Roberto Previtali (ITA) with the stallion Diacentio PS (Diaron x Baloubet du Rouet – F: Gestüt Lewitz) also managed to reach the top 5 of the rankings.

Standings – FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championship final for Horses of 6-years of Age after First Qualifier

1) Katrin Eckermann (GER) & Cascajall – 0 / 0 – 28.96

2) Damian Cojocariu (ROM) & Con Clarimo – 0 / 0 – 29.28

3) Michael Pender (IRL) & GCS Rosie – 0 / 0 – 29.64

Source: Press Release from Zangersheide

Photos: © Zangersheide / Sportfot