Laura Graves & VerdadesCredit : Scoopdyga
Friday 23 December - 15h42 | Johanna Zilberstein
There have many revelations in equestrian sports this year, with rising stars starting to challenge the world’s top-ranked riders in the different disciplines. As we near the end of 2016, Grand-Prix-Replay takes a look at four young hopefuls, including one American, who entered into the global spotlight over the past twelve months.
Niklas Krieg and CarellaCredit : Scoopdyga
NIKLAS KRIEGAge: 22 Nationality: GermanDiscipline: Show jumpingMain horse: CarellaBreakout moment: If there is a debut performance to remember from 2016, it’s undeniably German rider Niklas Krieg’s forceful win at the Nations Cup in Leipzig, Germany at the start of January. After qualifying for the jump-off alongside thirteen experienced adversaries — including Switzerland’s Paul Estermann, France’s Kevin Staut, Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet and Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya — the young rider (on Clearway) was not only one of three to go double-clear, but then finished faster than Ireland’s Denis Lynch on All Star 5 and the Netherlands’ Harrie Smolders on Don VHP Z. A first victory for Krieg, who was not only participating for the first time in a Nations Cup, but in his very first CSI 5*-W. A great performance followed by another afterwards, which assured him a place in the World Cup final. The torch is being passed!Laura GravesDiscipline: DressageNationality: AmericanAge : 29 Main horse: VerdadesBreakout moment: 2016 smiled on Laura Graves, whose seemingly unstoppable rise with Verdades culminated in a fourth place at the Olympic Games in Rio. Accustomed to top finishes in Wellington, and already second at the Pan American Games in Toronto last year, the American piled up great results on the European circuit this year, with a second place in the CDIO 5* Grand Prix in Compiègne, France, as well as an impressive victory and fourth-place at the CDIO 5* of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Along the way, Graves has earned the accolades of professional observers who recognize the elegance and lightness of her riding. Not bad when one considers that she almost gave up equestrian sports for hairdressing.
Maelle Martin and Ginnis Van't GeyzevenCredit : Scoopdyga
Maelle MartinAge: 25 Nationality: FrenchDiscipline: Show jumpingMain horse: Giovani de la PommeBreakout moment: Having already excelled at the CSI 1-, 2- et 3* levels, young Frenchwoman Maelle Martin broke into the highest level of her sport in 2016, discovering the world of CSI 5*s for the first time in September in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was a great debut for Martin on her top horse, Giovani de la Pomme, with a 2nd in her first class of the competition before finishing 19th over the two legs of the Grand Prix. The result obviously also helped the confidence of Martin’s 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood, who a few weeks later offered her a victory in the CSI 3* Grand Prix in Saint Lô, France, followed by a second place in the difficult Masters of Stuttgart. Martin’s year ended with appearances at the prestigious CSI 5*s of Paris and Geneva, and the consistency of her results hint at a bright future for the 25-year-old.
Severo Jesus Jurado Lopez and LorenzoCredit : Scoopdyga
Severo Jesus Jurado LopezDiscipline: DressageNationality: SpanishAge : 28 Main horse: LorenzoBreakout moment: Among the big surprises of 2016, the tour de force of Lorenzo Severo Jurado Lopez can not be overlooked. More used to CDI 2 et 3*-level competitions (with two victories at the CDI 3*s of Herning and Odense at the start of the season) the Spaniard, riding Lorenzo, drew a lot of attention at the CDIO 5* of Aix-la-Chapelle. And then he surprised everyone with his fifth place in the individual rankings at the Olympic Games in Rio. The pair hasn’t slowed down since then either, finishing second at the CDI-W of Salzburg after winning the CDI-W of Odense (Denmark).
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