Belgian Championship as preparation for the Olympics for Flore de Winne and Flynn FRH

After rain comes sunshine and a bright winner. In today’s big class, the Grand Prix, it was the very last combination to come away with the win. Flore de Winne sent her stallion Flynn FRH to victory in the Grand Prix class sponsored by Stephex.

‘I am quite satisfied with the ride, the two tempis went very well as did the passage and piaffe,’ Flore de Winne responded enthusiastically afterwards. The test was rewarded with a score of 72.370%, all judges placed De Winne in the lead.

‘That does really create a bond’
‘He has been with me for five years now. We started in the five-year-old tests, then the six-year-olds, seven-year-olds, the Small Tour and as an eight-year-old I already started him in the Grand Prix. It is my first Grand Prix horse for me and that does really create a bond,’ Flore praises her stallion. ‘We trust each other and we know each other. His ‘go’ is his biggest advantage of being a stallion.’

‘Happy to be here’
‘I am very lucky with the weather, I was able to ride in the sunshine. The accommodation here is beautiful, the stables are beautiful, which is very important to me. The arenas are beautiful and it’s a super nice environment. We are happy to be here.’ For De Winne, the BC is a preparation for the summer season with hopefully the Olympics as the crowning achievement. ‘Tomorrow in the Special I want to dare to do just a bit more, take a bit more risk than usual and see how that turns out.’

Top three Grand Prix
In second place was last year’s Belgian champion Larissa Pauluis with First-Step Valentin, they scored 71.370%, followed by Charlotte Defalque with Botticelli. Their test was rewarded with 70.304%.

With a score of 78.286%, Charlott Blevi and Junior Hit overwhelmingly won the first test of the Belgian Children’s Championships. With just under three percent difference, Evelyne Dieltjes followed in second place. She sent her Lord Lucardi VD V to a score of 75.518%, also a top score. Third was Matthis de Baere with his Elle d’Edouard Joly (69.768%). A total of eight combinations took part.

Charlott Blevi (BEL) – Junior Hit © DigiShots











As many as 23 pony combinations are competing for the title of Belgian champion. The first test was won by Helena Theeuwes and her Matteo 5. They scored 71.028%. In second place was Féline Verreet – de Booij and PAV Nikkei. Their performance was rewarded with 70.229%. Third was Alexine Herweyers, she rode her LeSch La Perla to a score of 68.914%.

Helena Theeuwes – Matteo 5 © DigiShots











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