The Selection Panel, consisting of Otto Becker, Jean-Maurice Bonneau, Emile Hendrix and the sports manager Sven Holmberg, just came up with the official assessment concerning the young Riders Academy 2014 program. On the 19 of May, the Panel gathered in Düsseldorf for the selection final meeting. After having evaluated all candidates' profiles, attitude, capabilities, motivation together with competition results, they have come to the following conclusion concerning the combination of athletes and trainers:
· Bertram Allen* (IRL) - Marcus Ehning
· Emanuele Bianchi (ITA) - Ludger Beerbaum
· Kaya Lüthi (GER) - Rolf-Göran Bengtsson
· Monika Martini (GRE) - Dietmar Gugler
· Chantal Müller (CH) - Gilbert De Roock
· Emilie Stampfli (CH) - Kevin Staut
Other nine riders had shown high quality in riding, they obtained a very interesting score and, even if they have not made it to the final group, the Selection Panel, together with Athenaeum board members, decided to offer two weeks internship at very high-level professional stable. Those athletes are:
· Kellie Allen (IRL)
· Filippo Bologni (ITA)
· Giampiero Garofalo (ITA)
· Zuzanna Gowin (POL)
· Wilma Hellström (SWE)
· Angelina Herroder (GER)
· Maxymilian Wechta (POL)
· Vicky van den Poel (BEL)
· Wouter van Laer (BEL)
Moreover, Wilma Hellström, Maxymilian Wechta and Filippo Bologni have been appointed as reserves in case one of those riders will not be able to attend the program.
The Athenaeum Board expresses gratitude and appreciation to Rolex for its support and thanks all the professionals who have contributed to the success of this first selection, above all the organizing committee of Arezzo with Carlo Bernardini, Riccardo Borricchi and the Landgestüt of Redefin with Bettina and Paul Schockemöhle.
* Bertram Allen (IRL), already trained by Marcus Ehning, will be part of the Team for the Education program and shows activities.
The young Riders Academy consists in the organization of a riding academy dedicated to young talents. The program has been developed by Athenaeum – a non-profit association founded by a group of professionals with a passion for horses – under the patronage of the European Equestrian Federation and with the cooperation of the International Jumping Riders Club. Rolex, the world's leading Swiss watch brand, has joined from the start as the project's main sponsor for a multi-year contract.
Source: Press release from the Young Riders Academy
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