REGION SOUTH

Gorla Minore

24-28 April

Athens

29 May – 2 June

REGION CENTRAL

Mannheim

01-07 May

Bratislava

12-16 June

REGION WEST

Peelbergen

15-19 May

Luxembourg

05-09 June

REGION NORTH

Stutteri Ask

15-19 May

Drammen

05-09 June

SEMIFINALS

Deauville

19-23 June

Budapest

10-14 July

FINAL

Warsaw

5-8 September

Longines EEF Series Newsroom

Dutch dominate in Mannheim for the second year running!
May 5, 2024

Report: Emily Bevan

The Netherlands were in imperious form at the Longines EEF Series Central Regional qualifier in Mannheim, retaining the title they won last year at the same venue. Hosts Germany were second, while France occupied third.

Double clears for Willem Greve riding the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood Minute Man and Kevin Jochems aboard the experienced KWPN mare Flying Jackie, a first-round clear for Lars Kersten on the lovely nine-year-old grey gelding Chuck Marienshof Z, and just two time penalties in the second round for Michael Greeve with Foxpit Grim, a nine-year-old Selle Francais gelding, who didn’t start in the first round, gave the Dutch team an unbeatable score of two and 100 qualifying points for the Series.

Just two penalties in arrears were crowd favourites Germany, who fielded some well-known names in their quartet of Christian Kukuk (Just Be Gentle), Teike Carstensen (Greece), Katrin Eckermann (Chao Lee) and Richard Vogel (Cydello). The team kept the pressure on the Dutch by producing three clears in the second round but a costly four faults in the opening round meant they had to settle for the runner-up position and 90 qualifying points.

Two fault free rounds from Marie Pellegrin and the 11-year-old Selle Francais mare Deuxcatsix d’Eglefin helped France to third on a total of 12, just one point ahead of Slovakia.

The Slovakians produced a strong performance in the second round to add just four faults to their first-round total of nine and leave them just off the podium. Stars of the show for the Slovakians were Bronislav Chudyba and the 10-year-old Hannoverian mare Statis Conti who produced a stylish double clear on what was an overcast afternoon in the German city. The result puts them as third best of the central teams and an important 80 points towards semi-final qualification.

Switzerland were contesting the lead after completing the first round on zero but retirement for Anthony Bourquard and Ecuador de la Cense and an uncharacteristic refusal at the first fence and several knocked poles for Sasha Barthe aboard Broceliande du Lac, who jumped a clear in the first round, in the second sent them tumbling down the leaderboard and into eventual sixth. Portugal were fifth.

 

Reining champions Austria, Czech Republic and Slovenia all picked up valuable qualifying points after they finished seventh, eighth and tenth respectively. Colestus Cambridge, the nine-year-old grey Westphallian gelding, who was ridden by Austria’s Katharina Rhomberg and Kapsones W, who was the mount of Czech Republic’s Ales Opatrny, both produced impressive double clears and look like being ones to watch this year.