Nantucket, Mike de Muze and winner Lambrusco stole Hendrix competition

After two years of absence, it was very interesting today to see the high quality young show jumpers in the final of the Stal Hendrix competition. In the beautiful Barnbridge grass arena at Peelbergen Equestrian Center in Nantucket (by Cape Coral RBF Z), Mike de Muze (by Falaise de Muze) and stallion Lambrusco (by Entertainer) have all-out victories in their age group. Quality prevailed today.

After four selection matches, three of which were medium rated, the top thirty of each age group were invited to the final at Bilbergen Equestrian Centre. Where some candidate teams slipped in the standings, others managed to climb up. Made for a great sport.

Four years old

The four-year-olds were judged by Sören Kühl and Marcos Modolo Zanotelli, who were delighted with the young horses’ overall quality and rideability. Micky van de Uetelaar had a great day in Cronenberg today, as she clinched the final competition with wealthy Aganix du Seigneur son Autumn-Fire Z by breeder Loek Sneijers (8.7 and 8.5) while competing with second seed Nantucket (s. Cape Corral) RBF Z, Breeder J. Westenbrink, 8.6 and 8.3) won the competition. “These were two such high-quality horses that we didn’t even realize he was with the same jockey at first, so she did a great job today,” said Marcus Zanotelli, a member of the jury. “Nantucket is a very good rider, jumping every obstacle the same way and we believe it is a horse that will improve in the future. I understood from Michel Hendrix that it would be auctioned at Dutch Sport Horse Sales. Without knowing the rest of the group, I am already sure that this horse could become One of the first.He looks very clever, has a great deal of poise of course and jumps here like a five-year-old.Micky’s other horse Autumn-Fire Z was even more impressive today in terms of range and was very showy, taking the final win, and we have High hopes for the future from both horses.” Safari van het Reukenis (by Flipper d’Elle) was second in the competition. Under Joyce Walters he jumped to 8.5 in the final and earned a 7.8 for the rider. Third, was the 2021 Limburg CK Sports Champion: daughter of Edinburgh N’Abalia SMH under Christian Houen, who finished fourth in the final with a score of 8.2 and 8.5. “Overall, we saw a lot of good horses. Some thought the entourage was still a bit sexy, but there was a fair track and most of the horses were already riding very well,” Zanotelli said.

strong start

Alexander Davis competed in the Stal Hendrix competition for the first time and jumped for victory in the five-year class with his speedy Mike de Muze (by Falaise de Muze). Eight duos made it to the starting point in this test. “Mike de Mos is a horse’s dream. I’ve been riding him since he was three and he’s made me feel great from day one. He’s incredibly smart and he cooperates so well that I almost do an easy job as a rider,” says the Thai rider. “I have it with Maurice Roisbroek and our next goal is to put in a good performance in the Bloom Cup, where we naturally hope to qualify for Lanaken. The Stal Hendrix competition is a great preparation for that.” Rob Heijligers made a convincing attempt to prevent Alexander Davis from winning, but had to bow his head with Diamant Z’s competitive Oxana (by Ogano Sitte, breeder Reynaert Vandendriessche). They finished second in both the final and the competition. Thanks to a fine performance in the final, the cautious daughter of Touluska Key SR Z that Keystud was riding under Yves Willems moved up to third in the competition.

on three irons

With 6-year-olds, it was not about “two fingers in the nose” but “on three irons to win”. KWPN-certified stallion Lambrusco (s.Intertainer) under his breeder Peter Konin jumped on the grass track so hard that he lost an iron along the way, but nothing stood in the way of the duo claiming the competition convincingly winning a clear double round. “What can I say, Lambrusco is just a really cool horse and he runs zero so many times. In all that time, I only remember one time we made a mistake, and it was on a training course. Even when Sophie Heiners rode it for a while, it was clear over and over again” Quinn was excited. “Of course, that comes with certain expectations and it’s great to be able to win this competition. In the jump, he was a little less energetic than he was in the first round, ensuring he jumps better and really takes me on the track. I enjoyed the ride!” Christian Hoyen climbed to second place in the final with good jumping Liletto (s Harley VDL, breeder Bennie Huirne) thanks to a clear weakness in the final. Thanks to today’s victory, La Nulana K (by Douglas) took a huge leap in the standings. Under the leadership of Manon Hees, this K.Litjens breeding producer took third place in the competition.

Source: Stal Hendrix – press release / F. © Wil Smeets

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