Eline Borrey De Coninck couldn’t believe her luck after her freestyle for the Belgian Small Tour Championship. With her sweet gelding Haressel (v. Uphill) she showed a nice test and the score of 74.865% was enough to assure her of the gold medal. Cyriel de Cocker also achieved a god score of 74.155% with his Jillz Urona and this ensured that he received the silver medal. The bronze went to Sophie van Lent-Baetens and Nea’s Jacky O.
The fact that Eline won the championship title had a special touch. Her partner Thomas Eyckmans is part of the organization of Belgium Dressage Events, the driving force behind this championship, and the honouring of Eline aroused many emotions. Eline was also very happy with her title: “It went very well this week. In the recent months we have been able to raise our level a lot. Since I started training at Wim Verwimp things are really going much better and our scores in our tests have gone up. You hope to be able to confirm that this week during a multi-day competition and that succeeded. It was only the third time that Haressel and I rode this freestyle, but he felt good and this horse really always does his best for me. I am very happy!”
Three titles in a row for Larissa Pauluis in Big Tour
She did it again! Larissa Pauluis is the Belgian Champion in the Big Tour. It’s the third title in a row for Pauluis: In 2021 she won the title with Flambeau, in 2022 she did the same with First-Step Valentin and this year she was simply the best again with Flambeau. After the prizegiving, team captain of the Belgium dressage team Jeroen van Lent made the announcement that Larissa will get a starting place in the 5* competition at CHIO Aken. This was the cherry on the cake for Larissa, who was very happy!
Charlotte Defaulque was the winner of the freestyle today with her Botticelli with 87.060% and she won the silver medal of the Belgian Championships. She also got a starting place for Aken, for the 4* competition. The third place in the Freestyle and the bronze medal was for Laurence Roos and her Fil Rouge.
Beautiful dressage week
With this day full of freestyle finals, we close a great week at Azelhof in Lier. The organization enjoyed the riders, the horses, the good atmosphere among the audience and of course the beautiful weather. Thank you!
For the riders
Our photographer Leanjo de Koster of Digishots is here to capture all the thrills and spills. You can check out and order the pictures via www.digishots.nl.