Mikael Forstén won the Finnish showjumping championship this weekend in Ypäjä, Finland. The championships were ridden over the weekend in all age categories as well as for ponies cat. I and II. The main championship was of course the one for seniors which was ridden over three days and four different 140-155cm tracks.
The first leg was ridden against the clock in a 1.40 table C class and was won by Mikael Forstén riding Nandele. Sanna Backlund was second aboard Wiseguy before Mikael on his second ride Isaac du Jonquet. Saturday's course was ridden over a 145cm track under difficult windy conditions and the only clear came from Sanna Backlund and Wiseguy. Mikael Forstén was second with only a time penalty on Isaac du Jonquet after suffering a fall from Nandele. Germany based Lotta-Riikka Rintamäki claimed third place with FIM Fräulein Smilla.
Sunday's two courses were a bit more technical than the ones from the previous days and it was Mikael Forstén's and Isaac du Jonquet's experience that surpassed the others. Their 0/4 score over the 150cm fences secured them the gold medal which was a fourth for Mikael in the senior category. Sanna Backlund took her first ever silver and Emma Broända received the bronze medal on a FWB mare MB Ragna.
The riders praised Ypäjä's derby showground's magnificent footing which was in top condition. Mikael also gave all credit to his 16-years old Selle Francais gelding Isaac du Jonquet whom has been jumping on Grand Prix-level for eight years and is still as happy and fresh as ever.
Text and photos provided by Noora Forstén
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