The men and women of December 26, 2018
Choosing a man or woman of the day at Jumping Mechelen is not easy. As Wednesday is traditionally our Kids Day, the winners of the Gouden Teugel (Arno van Deynze and Frederique van de Vijver) and the winners of the Youth Cup Equitation (Jill Eerdekens, Dries Vanthienen, Anais Gorus and Pauline Spots) certainly deserve honorable mention. Perhaps the title might belong to the mysterious characters of Baba Yega or the rock chicks called De Bende. They made sure our children packed Nekkerhal had the time of its life. And off course we also cannot forget the VLP talent of the year Pieter Clemens. But the one person we may have noticed the most today was showjumper Dominique Hendrickx. He is the new Belgian Indoor Champion and he showed us that, besides being a great jumping rider, he also has quite the eventing skillset.
Belgian Indoor Championship (VLP presented by Avant)
In September, Dominique Hendrickx won the Belgian outdoor championship in Zangersheide. Following-up that win with a Belgian indoor title is, to say the least, remarkable. Instead of Kannabis vd Bucxtale (Contact vd Heffinck x Concorde) the horse that got him the win in September, Dominique saddled the 11-year old Bacardi Les Hauts (Rexar Du Houssoit x Cavalier) for the Indoor Championship. Dominique: "Of course I am a happy man. Just like a few months ago, I really wanted to win this one. It is always great to get exactly what you want. "
Battle Of The Disciplines
Dominique did not have much time to celebrate his victory. After all, he had to prepare himself for the brand new competition The Battle Of The Disciplines. 4 teams consisting of 1 dressage rider, 1 jumping rider and 1 eventing rider gave it their all, not only in their own respective disciplines but also taking on equestrian sports that are not their own. Dominique: "When I heard that both the Belgian eventing and dressage champion would participate, I obviously could not pass this one up." But there was no time to practice. At the time, Dominique and Kannabis were jumping to the second place in the CSI5 * competition of La Coruna. "Did you know that today was my first time riding an cross country course? Thankfully I had one of Marc Rigouts’ really nice horses to guide me through. As we suspected, the Battle Of the Disciplines provided some surprising situations. For example, we saw Rudi Helsen delivering a neat dressage test alongside Janus Archie. Wim Verwimp and his daughter Jorinde showed us that dressage riders can really jump. And Dominique Hendricxk, he rode a top class cross country course and assured Team Alexia Fairchild (W. Verwimp, W. De Cleene, D. Hendrickx) of the last victory of the day.
Bacardi will get some time off now, before he leaves for the Sunshine Tour. Kannabis, our second Belgian champion horse, we will be seeing in the biggest competitions we have planned at Jumping Mechelen. For the coming years, Dominique is expecting a lot of these horses. But he also has some other tricks up his sleeve: “I am also very ambitious with Koriano Van't Klapscheut (Darco x Heatbreaker), which is is 2017's 7-year-old world champion." So, whether if is this week or some time in the future, this story will be continued.