World champion Charlotte Fry in the lead in Small Tour

After two days full of youth riders, today the riders of the CDI1* showed off. No less than 31 participants took part in the Prix St. Georges class. World champion Charlotte Fry came, saw and conquered, with over 3% difference.

Her 9-year-old Everdale son Jackson ran to a score of 73.941%, bettering his PR score. The Van Olst-bred gelding was unanimously placed first by the judging panel.

Scores close together
Dutch rider Marieke Ponzo Dieu-de Pundert became second, riding her Haliego (by Diego) to 70.677%. The scores of the rest of the top five were close together: Dominique Fillion followed in third place by sending The Boss (by Boston) to 70.265%. Dutch Quinty Vossers also did well and ended at the fourth place. She rode Inferno (by Everdale) to 70.235%, narrowly missing out on the podium. Belgium’s Jorinde Verwimp completed the top five with Gold Dream vd Kempenhoeve (by Jazz).

International debut
The 11-year-old The Boss made his international debut under the Dutch rider Dominique Filion, and he impresses with a third place. “I am of course very happy, this is my first international competition with him. I went with no expectations, although of course you hope to do as well as possible”, Dominique responded enthusiastically afterwards. “And he did very well. It confirmed what I think about this horse. He has a very good attitude.”

Very good memories
This is not the first time Dominique has competed at CDI Lier. In 2020, she managed to win two classes with Frida K. “I really love this competition, it’s so fun riding here. There is always a very good atmosphere. And I have very good memories of CDI Lier with Frida, winning the Small Tour. It is well organized, with eye for the horses, you ride in a nice ambiance, there is a great restaurant and very nice stables. Both for riders and horses it is absolutely amazing to be here.” Back to The Boss. What do you think about your chances for the next couple days? “I haven’t ridden the Inter I test that often yet, so it could still go either way. We are not yet confirmed at this level, but I am looking forward to it. That for sure! We live with the day, so today I’m really very happy”, Dominique concludes.


Photo Charlotte Fry: Digishots

Twofold U25-winner Zoë Kuintjes uses CDI Lier as steppingstone for EC U25

22-year-old Zoë Kuintjes has been riding in the U25 since last year. Earlier this year, she also made her Grand Prix debut. At CDI Lier, she won both U25 classes and told us that she will start her own stables.

Zoë Kuintjes knows how fast things can go. Since last year, she has been a combination with Cupido, who is owned by RS2 Dressage. With the former Grand Prix horse of Seth Bosman and Robin van Lierop, the intention was to quietly gain experience, but ended in a reserve spot for the U25 European Championship team. “That experience helps us this season”, says the enthusiastic rider.

Zoe Kuintjes (NED) – Cupido
CDI Lier 2023
© DigiShots

Focus on U25
“Early this year I rode at Amsterdam, now at Lier and then I hope to go to Aachen in a few weeks’ so that we can get the right form for the qualifications for the EC. I really want to focus with Cup on the U25 this year and to ride some nice competitions.”

CDI Lier is marked in her agenda
According to Zoë, one of those nice competitions is CDI Lier. It’s marked in her agenda. “CDI Lier is well organized and you get the change to ride in a beautiful entourage. The first year I came here with my pony and since then I always try to be there. And of course, it is extra nice to win here, especially in the U25.” Both days she managed to win the U25 trials by about 2 per cent distance. Tomorrow the freestyle is on the programme.

Grand Prix debut
Riding Grand Prix is something different than riding U25, Zoë found out recently. “Yes, that was a bit tough,” she laughs. “Cupido already knows what to do and it came out that way to start Grand Prix now. I thought he could also possibly help me through the test if necessary.” And was that necessary? “Well, it’s really different from a U25 test anyway. You have the same exercises but it’s still a bit tough. Cupido knew very well what he had to do so our score of 69% was not bad at all, but there were still some bumps in it. It was really nice to get this experience in advance.”

Own dressage business
Zoë’s focus is not just on U25 riding this year. From 1 April, Kirsten Brouwer’s former stable rider will start her own dressage stable. “I got so many requests that it became increasingly difficult to continue riding at Brouwer Stables. So that’s why I decided to start my own dressage business.” She hopes to combine the international competitions with some younger horses to train. ” I do really enjoy riding internationally, especially now that I have Cupido. Next to that, I would like to train horses for clients. Training young horses also really gives me a lot of pleasure.” And ultimately? “I would like to compete successfully at the seniors,” Zoë concludes.

Photos Digishots

Liezel Everars unbeatable in Pony Class: “I want to get the best out of my pony”

She did it again, the Belgium pony rider Liezel Everars was the very best in the Pony Class of CDI Lier, just like yesterday. “I want to get the best out of my pony because it’s my final competition year with him”, she told us right after her performance.

With a score of over 75% Liezel and FS Capelli de Niro performed really well at their first international competition of the year. “CDI Lier is such a beautiful competition to ride at, and up front you never know how things will turn out. But at least we always do our very best.”

Four European Championships
The combination isn’t unexperienced at all. They took part at four European Championships already and they are hoping to add another one this summer. “It’s our first international competition of the year, and there are still things to improve but I’m very happy with my pony. He loves all the attention and is a food addict as well”, laughs Liezel. FS Capelli de Niro is her partner in crime for already four years. “My most special memories are the Europeans, and hopefully we can close our pony time with another European Championship. For tomorrow I will try to do the same as the last two days”, decides Liezel.

12-year-old made international debut
Unlike the experienced Liezel, 12-years-old Alexine made her international debut at the Pony Class. This Belgium rider did really well with her amazing pony Terbofens Charico. “This is my first international competition. I found it very exciting and we gained a lot of experience.” Today they became 17th with a score of over 66%, yesterday they ended 14th also with a score over 66%.

Flying start
Alexine and Charico are together for just 3 months. In January they rode their first national competition and now they were all set to make their international debut. “Luckily Charico has a lot of experience and quality. We trained a lot and I had to learn to memorize all the tests.” Spoken about a flying start.

Little girls, big dreams
Little girls, big dreams. Alexine’s her idol? The Olympic Champion Charlotte Dujardin, of course. “I would love to ride once at the Olympics”, says Alexine with a twinkle in her eyes. But for now she is over the moon with her pony. “I’m really happy with him and hope to gain a lot of experience at competitions. And he’s for sure very sweet and loves to cuddle, that’s what I also really like about him.”

Dutch 2nd and 3rd
Just like yesterday, the second and third place were for Dutch riders. Maddy Dijkshoorn ended as second with her pony Boogie de L’Aube and scored 72.793%. The Dutch Sissi Gijssen ended as third with her pony New Star 8 and gained a score of 72.207%.


Sunday’s Clinic: Olympic Para Dressage Rider Kevin van Ham and Olympic Tineke Bartels

Sunday will be spectacular! Besides the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle there will be a clinic with Kevin van Ham and Tineke Bartels.

Kevin is a Belgium Para Dressage rider who competed at the Paralympic Games of Tokyo and the World Championships of Herning, and on top of that he also competes at regular Grand Prix level, WITH THE SAME HORSE. That’s absolutely unique. The well-known Tineke Bartels is a former Olympic rider from the Netherlands.

Some facts about Kevin:

  • He’s a student of the Belgium Olympic rider Jorinde Verwimp
  • He’s riding Para Dressage Grade V and Grand Prix with the same horse
  • He was born without a left forearm
  • He braids his horse himself

Jorinde Verwimp and Kevin went to Doha last week where he won the Freestyle with his horse Eros van ons Heem. “It’s really special to train together with Kevin”, explains Jorinde. “It’s amazing to see how handy he is as a rider and how he takes care of his horses.  He can do everything by himself even by missing his left forearm. And what I like the most is that he’s doing a great job at the regular Grand Prix as well. I think he’s the only Para Dressage rider who has achieved this.”

Be sure you attend CDI Lier on Sunday and don’t miss a thing of the clinic that will be around 14.30 and in between the Grand Prix Special and Grand Prix Freestyle. The entree fee on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is 10 euro, tickets will be sold at the entrance. Parking is for free.