Fourth day in Ypäjä was red and white


The competition streak of the junior riders culminated in the Freestyle. The musical choice in the competition demonstrates the love towards this sport, as we could see in finnish rider’s Pinja Salmela’s freestyle performance, which lyrics started with ”I am passionate about what I do” and danish rider’s Johanne Kofod’s ending lyrics “I have a dream and I just fight for it”.

As expected, the familiar danish pair of Elisabeth Cecilie Bonefeld-Dahl and her horse Don Furioso rode to victory with a dazzling 76.965%. Bonefeld-Dahl has had a very successful streak in competitions, earning her two first places and one second. A praiseworthy achievement, especially when the pair has less than half a year of work together behind them.  “It was very wonderful to compete in Ypäjä. The competition was so well organized and finns are so helpful and friendly”, praised family Bonefeld-Dahl.

Saturday ended with two dressage competitions, Prix de Horze CDIU25 and Grand Prix. Both of them were, once again, successful for Denmark. The team of U25 took first place by rider Kathrine With Petersen (70,513 %), second was Emma Skov (68,231 %). Sweden’s team came in second. Their best result was ridden by rider Lina Dolk with Languedoc (70,820 %). Finland took third place today in this category, best score for Finnish riders from the judges went to Anna Talberg (66.949 %).

Senior’s Grand Prix CDI3* had the exact same ranking like the U25 category with Denmark taking first place, Sweden second and Finland third. Denmark’s riders were on fire, scoring the top 3 scores from the judges, Sanne Svedsen with 69,609 %, Trine Mittag with 68,804 % and Joachim Thomsen with 68,565 %. Sweden’s best score 67,565 % was given to Mads Hendeliowitz. Finland’s top rider today was Anna von Wendt scoring 67,826 % and she took fifth place with her loyal partner Denzel.

Denmark’s coach Janne Møller Thode Jensen was incredibly happy with the performance of his team, who worked great together and who’s team spirit helped them reach double gold medal today.  “Heat was challenging for the horses. Some were a little lazier than usual, others were too fresh, because they couldn’t warm up that much today.” 

The young rider freestyle dressage competition was held in an extremely hot ambience. Denmark continued with its strong performance as they took the first two medals. Cecilie Hedegaard and Silhuet won with a score of 74.370 % . Ida Kirstine Bjørn and Soegaard Ballerina scored 73.115 % and second place. Third came Anine Mørch Aas from Norway with the horse Maserati scoring 72.450 %. 

Saturday’s paradressage competition was once again successful for Danish parariders. Mette Hasselstrom and Oestergaardens Deleight took the victory in category V, scoring 69,512 % from the judges.  Camilla Christensen of Denmark renewed her victory with 71,111 % before the Finnish duo and is firmly in the gold medal before Sunday’s freestyle. In the Para Dressage category III Finnish rider Sanna Koskiluhta with Liptona scored 66,863 % from the judges. They were the only ones in this category.

Swedish Alicia Svensson won the children’s rider class in show style, as she was the only rider to complete all the rounds without fault. Second Alberte Filuca Brünning Conradsen got silver and bronze Finland’s Jone Illi.

Alicia Svensson – after 4 rounds only rider without any penalties!
Photo Hanna Heinonen

National cat II ponies category was held in two 115 + 120 cm rounds. Again, Denmark came in strong as their two riders reached the top three. First was Denmark’s Jessica Holm Svensson with Sabrina Fair. They won clearly with a beautiful riding. The second place went to Sweden’s Nelly Lindgren with Kiara Li Z and third also came Denmark’s Malin Marie Haugaard with Teach Mor Bridgie.

Ponies cat I was won after three days of hard work by ponyrider Emma Ponsaing with Sixmile Waterblaze from Denmark. Silver was won by Oda Therese Oddsen of Norway and Swedish Selma Staffare rode the bronze.

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