Lanaken, Belgium – September 22, 2023 – The Ramiro Z Arena was also today the setting for the qualifier for the 6-year-old horses. Just as for the 7-year-old horses, also for them there was a class against the clock on the program and a total of 245 combinations appeared at the start during this second qualifier in which the fences were at a height of 1.35m, just like yesterday.
The victory colored again a Belgian and Nathan Budd (BEL) took care of that with the Zangersheide stallion Ely des Rosiers Z, a son of Emerald van ‘t Ruytershof and Thunder van de Zuuthoeve who was bred by Herik Duran and is also approved for Studbook Zangersheide. Budd and Elly Des Rosiers Z finished after a clear round in 64.86 seconds and so outclassed the competition.
Second place here was taken by the Slovakian rider Peter Kopecky (SVK) with the Hanoverian gelding Banana Joe 6, a son of Uriko and Quidam de Rêvel who was bred by Frank Plock and who is a half-brother of the gelding Papperlapapp 7 (Perigueux), who jumps at 1.50m level with German rider Jens Heine. Kopecky and Bababa Joe 6 also stayed clear and crossed the finish line in 65.00 seconds.
The Irish lady rider Jessica Burke jumped to a 3rd place here with the Zangesheide mare Marieke Z, a daughter of Moncler van Overis and Chellano who was bred on Belgian soil by Jens Vandenberk. Burke and Marieke Z crossed the finish line in 66.38 seconds and so also securing a place at the top of the leaderboard.
The Italian rider Antonio Campanelli with the stallion Afro (Colestus x Indoctro – B: Pieraccianti Ettore) and the Dutch rider Hessel Hoekstra with the Oldenburg stallion Stargos VDL (Stakkato Gold x Conthargos – B: Winkeler) were the other combinations in the top five of the standings.
Final Results – FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championship final for Horses of 6-years of Age – Second Qualifier
1) Nathan Budd (BEL) & Ely des Rosiers Z – 0 – 64.86
2) Peter Kopecky (SVK) & Banana Joe 6 – 0 – 65.00
3) Jessica Burke (IRL) & Marieke Z – 0 – 66.38
Source: Press Release from Zangersheide
Photo: © Zangersheide / Sportfot / Luana Mooibroek