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2009 Ermelo: Dutch National Championship

Belgium's Kristel Van Den Abeele, riding Yasmina du Florival, won the 160-km CEI*** Endurance ride and Dutch Championship in Ermelo, Netherlands on 12 June, 2009.

Finishing just seconds behind Van Den Abeele were Dutch riders Yvonne Van Der Velde and Jeanne Linneweever, both of whom made up at least 17 minutes on the final 16 kilometer loop to almost catch the leader Van Den Abeele. Unfortunately, both Van Der Velde's horse Joy Escobar, and Linneweever's horse Riki's Macho Man, were eliminated at the finish, for lameness and metabolics, respectively.

Lisette Druenen of the Netherlands, who came fourth across the finish line 25 minutes later, placed second when her horse completed the final vet inspection, making her the 2009 Dutch National Champion. Van Den Abeele's mount Yasmina du Florival also received the Best Condition award. Last year's Dutch Champions, Jannet Van Wijk and Latino finished third. 19 riders from 9 countries contested the 160 km ride, with 6 finishing. Winning time was 9:37.37, with an average speed of 16.62 km/h.

Additional rides were held, including the CEI** 125 km ride, where Maike Grell of Germany, riding Tango Lady XX, finished in first place, just a few seconds over Rashed Saeed Al Kamda of the UAE, riding Taliesen. Heike Blumel of Germany and Voila Kossack finished third; 15 of 21 riders completed the race, and Tango Lady received Best Condition. In the CEI-J-YR** 120 km ride, all four entrants were elimated by lamenesses at the third vet gate.

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Photos by Carla Bosch

Photos by Mark Rutten

Photos by Martijn Beurze

Photos by Jos Borlet

CEI*** 160 km

1. Kristel Van Den Abeele - Yasmina Du Florival - Belgium
2. Lisette Van Druenen - Escape - The Netherlands
3. Jannet Van Wijk - Latino - The Netherlands

Complete Results

CEI** 125 km

1. Maike Grell - Tango Lady XX - Germany
2. Rashed Saeed Al Kamda - Taliesin - UAE
3. Heike Blumel - Voila Kossack - Germany

Complete Results

CEI-J-YR** 120 km

No Finishers

Complete Results

CEI* 100 km

1. Suzanne Van Rijswijk - Yordan - The Netherlands

Complete Results

CEI* 80 km

No Finishers

Complete Results

CEI-J-YR* 80 km

1. Yara De Boer - Layla Ara Francina - The Netherlands
2. Nicola Del Prato - Kerouan De Bersee - France
3. Jessica Preiss - Kashan III CH - Switzerland

Complete Results

Best Condition Winners