First national Children’s title for Evelyne Dieltjens

The first Belgian title is a fact! 13-year-old Evelyne Dieltjens has just been crowned Belgian Children champion. ‘This is really nice!’, she enthused afterwards. After two wins, Dieltjens outclassed everyone and can call herself Belgian champion for a year.

‘I didn’t expect this beforehand. I have not been riding Lord Lucardi for so long, only since February. And I nicked him from my mother,’ laughs the brand-new champion. Not a bad swap considering the success. ‘Lord Lucardi has a very sweet character and is a very sweet horse,’ Evelyne Dieltjens praises her eight-year-old horse.

Fantastic score
Asked how she looks back on her test, the champion is critical: ‘I had made some small mistakes which I did regret, but fortunately I recovered and continued riding well.’ Her test was judged with the fantastic score of 75.625%, putting Evelyne almost 4 per cent ahead of number two, Charlott Blevi with Junior Hit. She scored 71.908%. Number three, Frauke Stas sent her Lieke S.A. to 68.130% and the bronze medal, in the class sponsored by Paardensport Vlaanderen.

On to the European Championships
This is Evelyne’s second year riding in the Children, last year she participated in the European Championships with her horse Bonaire van de Mottelhoeve. With the Belgian title, she has at least once again put herself in the spotlight with the national coach. ‘I am hoping for the European Championships this summer and for the rest we still have to see where else we will participate,’ she said.


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