Season 2016

Valkenswaard

  • Valkenswaard
  • 4th-7th August 2016

Young Show Jumping talent ready for Global Future Champions

Release date: 07/06/2016

Photo: LGCT / Sportfot

One of the themes for this season has been the opportunities given to young talent and helping to secure the future of the next generation of show jumpers. Young horses and U25 riders have the opportunity to compete on world class stages on a global scale, gaining vaulable experience and furthering the development and future of the sport. 

For the very first time the ‘Global Future Champions’ show will take place this July at the spectacular Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. The two innovative shows in July will provide a springboard for the riders and horses of the future and allow unique opportunities for the next generation of world class show jumping combinations. Created specifically for both young horses (11th - 13th July), and young riders (15th - 17th July), the events will allow up and coming talent to perform on a world class stage, helping to progress and protect the future of the sport and creating a launchpad for the show jumping stars of the next generation.

The first part of the week will focus on Young Horses, with up and coming show jumping stars taking centre stage in four different age categories; 5-6-7-8 year olds. There will be a few familiar faces, as the world’s top riders will bring the next generation of show jumping talent to gain experience and exposure at the first class facilities. With a total prize money of more then 100.000 euros on offer for the three days of competition, it promises an excellent opportunity for riders, breeders, studbooks and visitors to come and compete or watch the equine talents of tomorrow. This fascinating opportunity to witness the masters of show jumping in action with their young horses will be open to the public; to book your ticket and for more information, including a rider list, please click here

During the weekend the next generation of riders will have their very first chance to compete in Valkenswaard in classes specifically created for Ponies, Children, Juniors, Young Riders, Under 25 riders; all of whom will enjoy the excellent facilities together with their families and friends. The facilities at the redeveloped Tops International Arena are second to none, with an exceptional 125m by 85m sweeping grass arena, four further sand arenas featuring top class footing, canter tracks and lunging arenas, expansive warm up arenas, exceptional wash areas and facilities for grooms to provide top standard care and over 500 world class and beautifully designed stables available for visiting competitors. Within the impressive complex a shopping village, refreshments and entertainment areas are available for all the family to enjoy, with tickets allowing the perfect view of the action under covered grandstands. For more information and details on how to attend, please click here

In August, the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League will take centre stage at the Tops International Arena, with the very best horses and riders in the world in action at the stunning setting. As both Championships gallop towards the final legs of the season, anticipation, exhilarating and top class sport will be on display as the heavyweights of showjumping battle it out for top honours. To book your seat for what promises to be an electrifying festival of showjumping, please click here

Highlights of the first week at Tops International Arena

In May, the first week of shows at the spectacular Tops International Arena kicked off in style, cumulating in an exhilarating Grand Prix which was won by the USA’s Jessica Springsteen. Jessica and her mare Tiger Lily set a very fast time half way the jump-off and none of the riders after her ride was able to beat the time 37.55 seconds. Tiger Lily was living up to her name, a small horse but with a fighting spirit and amazingly fast and Jessica guided the nine-year-old Oldenburger mare smoothly through the course. Italy’s Alberto Zorzi was one of the last ones to go into the jump-off and gave his best, but had to settle for second with Fair light van’t Heikie. Nicola Philippaerts (BEL) came in third with H&M Harley v. Bisschop (BWP, Dulf Van den Bisschop x Coronado) and Ramzy Hamad Al Duhami (KSA) was fourth with Bayard van de Villa Theresia (BWP, Kashmir van Schuttershof x Camus).

Britain’s Anna Edwards took top honours in the CSI1* Grand Prix. She was the fastest in the 14-horse jump-off with Chesterfield Z (ZANG, Chippendale Z x Sir Caletto). Runner-up was Ramzy Hamad Al Duhami, who also won the CSI2* Small Tour earlier in the day, with Hymne d’O (BWP, Bentley vd Heffinck). Third place went to Switzerland’s Fabio Crotta and the eight-year-old BWP mare Indra’s Twinkeling (Quadrillo x Caretano).

Small and Medium Tour

The Small Tour in the CSI2* was won by Ramzy Hamad Al Duhami (KSA) and his 10-year-old BWP stallion Garlic van Kapelhof (Tauber vh Kapelhof x Orlando). Australia’s David Cameron finished runner-up with Sweetlana 2 (HANN, Stolzenberg x Drosselklang II). Sweden’s Malin Parmler added another victory to her list by winning the CSI2* Medium Tour with the eight-year-old mare Dagma (KWPN, Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve x Calvin Z). Britain’s Maja Burnell took the runner-up spot with Carnaval Komombo (AES, Carnaval Pleasure x Burggraaf). Belgium’s Koen De Waele won the CSI1* Small Tour with his six-year-old gelding Davidoff KDW Z (Deister x Clinton). The USA’s Shawn Casady won the Medium Tour with Touche D Allegresse (Whitesnake x Rash R).

Young Horses Finals

The seven-year-old horses ‘Finals’ competition took place in the great setting of the grass arena, with the top three riders at the prizegiving were all familiar faces in the equestrian scene. Winner was the world’s number 5 and Olympic team gold medalist Scott Brash with the AES gelding Hello Mr. President (by Comme d’Api Jr). Runner-up was Ireland’s Bertram Allen (no. 9 Longines Rankings) with Etoile de Loma (Clinton x Heartbreaker) and Olympic champion Steve Guerdat finished in third with his young horse Vaya de Brenil Chaine (Quidam de Revel x Cento). The Final for the six-year-olds was won by the 19-year-old Dutch rider Kars Bonhof with the KWPN mare Fuji (Verdi x Lord Lepanto). Egypt’s Karim Elzoghby, who lives in the Netherlands, finished runner-up with the Hannoverian gelding Scotch (Stolzenberg x Escudo) and Israel’s Danielle Goldstein took third place with Finn’s Pride (KWPN, Querly x Elvis). In the five-year-old class it was Monday’s winner who also won the Final, Anna Wilks and L. Primero di Gala (BWP, Toulon x Calato) who had a super fast round for Great Britain. Ireland’s Simon McCarthy and Bolero D’Armanville (SF, Lauterbach x Diamant de Semilly) finished in second ahead of Jordan’s Ra’ad Naser with Levisto (Breemeersen Adorado x Thunder van de Zuuthoeve).

Following an two exciting weeks with great moments, great sport and great wins, Tops International Arena has already started preparing for the next events: the ´Global Future Champions Week Young Horses´ from July 11 - 13 and the ‘Global Future Champions Week CSIU25 + CSIYR + CSIJ + CSICh + CSIP’ from July 15 - 17.

For all the information, ticket details and show schedules, please visit www.topsinternationalarena.com