Anyone who wanted to enjoy the Christmas Jumping in Malines this year, better ordered their tickets fast. Because just like the past years, almost all seats at our tribune were sold out quickly. On the 28th of December our spectators could enjoy the FEI dressage World Cup, with an absolute smashing performance by the Dutch Emmelie Scholtens. She won the competition with a gap of almost 5%.
“Next year we will host another FEI World Cup Dressage in Malines” claimed sports director Peter Bollen during the press conference following this year’s edition of the FEI dressage World Cup. “But ofcourse we look forward to twenty more years of hosting this event.” If you would ask the opinion of our top three dressage riders of this year on that matter, they would probably think of it as a good idea, as they all broke their personal records at the Nekkerhal during Jumping Mechelen 2019.
Juan Matute Guimon achieved his personal record of 80.510% with Quantico. This score guaranteed him the third place, which made the immensely popular Spaniard very happy. “From the moment we started cantering, I felt that Quantico was in real good shape. I can’t help but dreaming about the Olympics in Tokio. Even more so because at home, I have a second, very competitive horse that should also be able to get to this level.”
The Portuguese Maria Caetano claimed a score of 80,940% with Coroado, also a personal record. She ended on the second place. “Last year I was third and I also achieved a personal top score. The atmosphere in Malines – the small arena and the experienced audience – make my horses grow. You can feel the love of the spectators for the sport while your riding.
The gold medal was taken home by the Dutch Emmelie Scholtens and her horse Desperado N.O.P. with their personal record of 85.075%. “My stallion knows how to behave and that is so important when you want to show your best when competing at a location like that of Malines. It was the first time I took part in a competition at Jumping Mechelen, but without a doubt I will be back!” However, firstly the Dutch rider will focus all of her attention on Tokio. “Hopefully I can combine riding at the Olympics with the World Cup Final if necessary. In case I am qualified, I have to think about the practical feasibility…”
Enjoy the stunning performance of Emmelie Scholtens below.
Author: Belga (Luc Wuyts) | Eigen redactie