Winner 4* Freestyle Helen Erbe: “I think it is one of nicest competitions of the year”

It was again full house today at CDI Lier. The atmosphere was great, the horses amazing and the crowd enthusiastic. The final class of six wonderful days was the 4* Grand Prix Freestyle presented by Stephex, which was won by the German Helen Erbe and her Carlos FRH.

“I didn’t expect to win. Yesterday he was really impressed by the whole atmosphere. Today he still was, but just gave his best for me and try to concentrate”, was Helen her first reaction. “I always pinch myself because I think he’s a real champion. He always fights for me, always gives his best and I just really really love riding him. I did like the whole canter work of my Freestyle. The flying changes I tried to improve a bit compared to yesterday and I think it went quite well.”

Great for the horses
Helen praised the show: It’s really really cool, everything around is organized perfectly. The stables are great for the horses, the showground is really really cool. So I was really happy to be able to ride here. And I think it is one of nicest competitions of the year.”

Results 4* Freestyle
The judges awarded the Freestyle of Helen and Carlos FRH with a score of 75.895%, followed by the Spanish Severo Jurado Lopez and his lovely horse Fuerstenglory OLD on the second place, scoring 75.690%. The French Camille Judet Cheret and Herelja Higgins completed the stage. Their result was 74.205%.

Results 4* Special
Most of the big names competed in the 4* Grand Prix Special today. Yesterday’s podium of the 4* Grand Prix was swapped, and it was a real close call. The number one and two received the same score after their performance, but it was the German Dorothee Schneider who took the win at the end with Dayman 4. Jagerbomb and Becky Moody became second, followed by Jagerbomb’s sire, Dante Weltino and Therese Nilshagen.

Belgium riders dominated Small Tour Freestyle
It was a real Belgian party in the first class of today. The first four placings went to Belgian riders, as well as the sixth place. It was Jorinde Verwimp who took the victory. “I am very happy, this was the second international competition of this horse and only the fourth competition in total. He has only been at our stable since September and has not done many competitions before. I am super happy with how he performed here. I really felt that he gained every day more confidence in the arena.”
The score of Jorinde Verwimp and Vicomte de Reyves was 73.575%, just 0,005% higher than Tommie Visser and Karma Begijnhoeve, who became second. Rob van Puijenbroek and Quinten Begijnhoeve finished third with a score of 73.415%.

The best edition
It was for sure the best edition to date of CDI Lier and we are already looking forward to 2025. We would like to thank everyone who’s involved to make it such an amazing show.


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