CDI Lier: Looking back to a very successful 2018 edition

The second edition of CDI4 * Lier was a great success! Despite the frost, the conditions for the riders, horses and visitors were excellent. Many international talented combinations came into action during the Belgian four-star event. The spectators, which mostly consisted of Belgians, enjoyed many Belgian victories. Jorinde Verwimp, for example, won the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle with her Olympic horse Tiamo. The Grand Prix Special was an exciting battle, which was eventually won by the Spanish rider Sergio Martin Palos. The Belgian Laurence Roos finished in second place.

There was sport at high level in the other categories as well. For example, the Dutch Micky Schelstrate won the Pony Freestyle, the Dutch Danielle Heijkoop took first place in the Prix St. George and the Russian Anna Guseynova won the Junior Freestyle. The German rider Rebecca Horstmann was supreme with the Young Riders. In short: the crowd could indulge with dressage sports of the highest level. In addition to top sport there were also shops where visitors could buy equestrian products.

February 27th to March 3rd 2019
Sports director Wim Verwimp: “We could not have had better dressage sport at CDI Lier. The event was very well received by the public, and the riders were also very satisfied. Despite the frost, the conditions for the riders and the horses were good. The stables were heated and we had a larger warming-up facility than last year. The third edition of CDI Lier will take place from February 27th to March 3rd 2019. ”

Even higher level
The organization is going to work hard to take the event to an even higher level in 2019. For example, next year a new hall will be built where the warming-up will be organized. The organization would like to thank the sponsors, riders, exhibitors and visitors for this successful edition of CDI Lier! We hope to see you all again next year. We are already looking forward to the 2019 edition!

Sergio Martin Palos - CDI Lier

Fantastic seconds place in Grand Prix Special for Laurence Roos

The victory of the four star Grand Prix Special at CDI Lier was for the Spanish rider Sergio Martin Palos. Together with his Lusitano Batuta (by Quixote), he was able to win with a score of 70.745%. 

With that score, he took over the lead of the Belgium Laurence Roos. The dressage rider and her Fil Rouge, offspring of Stedeling 2, put down a fantastic score of 69.532%.

This class was sponsored by DCM.

Equine MERC Prix Nanna Skodborg Merrald

Equine MERC Prix: Nanna Skodborg Merrald and Saadon Que dance towards victory!

LIER – The last day of CDI Lier started of with the U25 Grand Prix Freestyle. Nine combinations from five different countries entered the arena. The Danish rider Nanna Skodborg Merrald won with a score of 72,550%

Equine MERC Luc van Moorsel

f.l.t.r. Nanna Skodborg Merrald, Luc van Moorsel, Joyce Lebon. Photocredit: Chris Coessens

1. Nanna Skodborg Merrald (DEN) – Saadan Que
2. Denise Ljungkvist (SWE) – Soega
3. Florine Kienbaum (GER) – Doktor Schiwago 3
4. ClairBR) – Annette Ballerina
5. Ryan Todd (GBR) – Charlex Eskebjerg


Junioren team test voor Emma-Lou Becca

In de junioren team test was de Luxemburgse Emma-lou Becca met de grote donkerbruine Komet 282 heer en meester. Zij ging met 70.253%, de twee Belgische amazones Charlotte Richmond met Hermes (67.879%) en Camille Vangheluwe met FBW Rainman (67.626%) voor.

Alexa Westendarp ontvangt felicitaties van juryvoorzitter Jacques VanDaele

German riders again favorite Young Riders

Today, the German Young Riders continued their victory in the Lannoo Horse Feed Prize, but they changed internally. This morning Alexa Westendarp dominated the field with her big black Hanoverian mare Four Seaons 71.618%. The winner of the team test from yesterday, Rebecca Horstmann with Friend of Mine 2 gained 70.784% and became second. The third rider Lisa Breimann with Aida Luna gained 70.686% and became third, just like yesterday.

Junior team test for Emma-Lou Becca

In the junior team test the Luxemburg Emma-lou Becca was the ultimate champion with the big dark bay Komet 282. She scored a percentage of 70.253%, and won first place before the two Belgian riders Charlotte Richmond with Hermes (67.879%) and Camille Vangheluwe with FBW Rainman (67.626%).

Photocredit: Equnews

CDI Lier

Jeanine van Twist 50!

In addition to many combinations international jury member Jeanine van Twist saw Sarah today. That should of course be celebrated with a big birthday cake.

Micky Schelstraete best rider in full pony program

With the white stallion Elin’s Noncisdador, Micky Schelstraete rode to victory in the full pony team test section in Lier. With 73.238% the combination stayed ahead of the German Johanna Kullmann with Madam’s Miss Maria, they scored 72.714% and thus nestled between two Dutch combinations. Third became Pem Verbeek with Matcho D from Prinsenhofs which test resulted in 70.619%.

Sanne Buijs wins opening class CDI4 * Lier 2018

Today, the CDI4* Lier started with the Children preliminary test. Unfortunately, there were only a few applications for this category, but the level was high. The Dutch Sanne Buijs rode with 11-year-old Happy Feet (by Tuschinski) to a total score of 72,106%, the second place was for the Belgian Maite Colling with her 11 year old horse Rapallo C.L. with 71.364%. Koosje Visser with her horse Duck came third with 67,121%.

Viersterren dressuur CDI Lier

Livestream CDI Lier

Are you unable to visit the exciting CDI Lier? Do not worry; we are very pleased to announce that the entire event can be followed live via

Many international top combinations will come into action during the CDI Lier dressage event. Riders such as Jorinde Verwimp, Mary Hanna, Emma Hindle, Inna Logutenkova, Akane Kuroki, Danielle Heijkoop and Tristan Tucker will appear in the ring. And great news, their tests can be followed live via!

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