Dutch rider Dennis van den Brink took at double in Wednesday’s Young Horse Finals presented by Kingsland at the Spring MET III 2019 in Oliva Nova, Spain. Van den Brink piloted Ogano Girl Z (Ogano Sitte x Mermus R) to victory in the final for the 7-year-old horses, while I am (Etoulon x Vingino) was his winning partner in the final for the 6-year-olds. Both horses are owned by Teus and Bea van den Brink from Brink Stables.
The 7-year-old final was set at 1.40m and saw a total of 16 horse-and-rider combinations move on to the jump-off. There eight managed to repeat their clean sheets from round one. Fastest was Dennis van den Brink, who had a second down to runner-up Clem McMahon (IRL) and Hilton Up The Banner (Je T’Aime Flamenco x Cruising). Marit Harr Skollerud (NOR) and Eluna CI Z (Emerald Van ‚T Ruytershof x Nabab de Reve) finished third.
Fifteen of the horse-and-rider combinations in the 6-year-old final set at 1.30m made it to the jump-off. Also in this class, Dennis van den Brink had a margin of a second down to runners-up Victoria Gulliksen (NOR) and Ibiza (Cardento 933 x Kojak). Clem McMahon was on the podium in this final too, this time riding Legaland Team Spirit (Sandro Boy x breeding unkown).
“I had a good day today, that’s for sure!” Dennis smiled after the finals. “In the 7-year-old final I had two horses in the jump-off, and I was the first to go so that was a bit challenging. So when I went in for the second time, I just decided to give it all I’ve got.”
“My 6-year-old I am is a great horse and has jumped a lot of clear rounds here. I took the short turn in the jump-off and that is what made the difference between me and 2nd placed Victoria Gulliksen,” Dennis continued.
“I like it here at the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour, especially the fact that it is very clean here. Now that the main arena has a new sand surface, it can be used much more and it is a really good experience for the young horses to get to go on this huge ring,” Dennis said.
In the final for the 5-year-old horses, set at 1.20m, Shannon Meinert Ketterle (DEN) and Diva du Cache Pot Z (Dieu Merci Van T & L x Montparnasse) took the win. With a clear round in a time of 32.75 seconds, the Danish rider left Jelmer Hoekstra (NED) and Esteban’s Twinkeling Z (Emerald N.O.P. x Latano I) behind her in 33.15 seconds. Third place went to Sofie Svensson (SWE) and Cieran (Casall x Contendro).
The Spring MET III 2019 continues throughout the week, and concludes on Sunday with the CSI3* Grand Prix presented by CHG.