Among the “senior” riders there is a constant duel between Germany and the Netherlands. Now an under 25 Nations Cup has taken place at the Aachener Soers and here the Netherlands were also the strongest opponents. In the end the partner country of this year’s CHIO won with 145,605 percent ahead of Germany with 140,868 percent and Sweden with 140,474 percent.
And this happened even though Dutch national coach Alex van Silfhout said: “Aachen is always something special for us. Usually wer’re never good here. But this year we cannot complain.”
That is correct.
The best German rider of the team, Bianca Nowag, has reason to be pleased: she received a result of 71,079 percent with Fair Play. “I had a great feeling,” she said. “She was very focused. I didn’t take the last risk but wanted to give a safe performance.” The Westphalian mare came to Nowag four years ago. She already was placed in competitions at S level, but the young rider still had a lot of work to do. “In the beginning I wasn’t completely convinced,” she laughed. “I’m so proud that we’re here today. It was so much fun.”
The coach of the young German dressage riders, Sebastian Heinze praised the first under 25 Nations Cup at the Aachener Soers: “It is great that we have the opportunity to compete here just one and a half months before the EC. Especially since the Dutch have sent their best pairs. Therefore some who might have felt safe know now that they still have work to do. And the riders learn to deal with the pressure.”
With this comment Heinze referred to team member Lisa-Maria Klössinger, whose horse FBW Daktari by Donautanz is very focused on the atmosphere. “The arena is something different,” the Bavarian rider had to admit. “My horse was a bit spooked.” Klössinger and Juliette Piotrowski with Sir Diamond both reached a result of 69,789 percent.