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Quotes after the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championship for 5 year olds

Monday, 22 September 2014

Maikel van Mierlo won the gold in the final for the five year olds in Lanaken yesterday riding Earley. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The winner Maikel van Mierlo on his horse Earley: "We bought Earley as a two year old, and we sold the horse to his current owners. Someone else broke him in, and after that I got him to ride. We did the championships for Dutch bred horses together, and ended third. He was clear every day there. He is about 1,78 m high so he is a very big horse with a huge canter."

Silver medalist Angelica Augustsson on her horse Ard Ginger Pop: "We have had her for only ten days, so she is a very new horse to me. This is actually our first show together. She comes from Ireland, and did quite a few classes this year and in fact she didn't knock a single pole down the whole year – so I had a bit pressure this week to keep her score on zero. She did a great job here! I'm very, very happy with the horse. She jumped amazing and I think she has a huge potential. I believe a lot in her and I hope I can keep her for the future."

Bronze medalist Marlon Modolo Zanotelli on his horse Cool Clarimo: "I also have had my horse for only ten days - him and Ard Ginger Pop arrived in our stable at Ashford Farm together. I think he is an amazing horse. He was bought in England, where he was British champion and he always tries to jump clear. He has an amazing character and his rideability is super. He is a super, super careful horse that is very competitive and he makes my life easy going in to the ring."

Angelica Augustsson on riding the championships in Lanaken: "This was the first time I rode the championships here so everything was new for me. The first day the time allowed was quite short, but the height was okey. The second day it was the same; the height was fair for all the horses. I was a little bit surprised about the final, because I have never seen it before so I thought it was quite big. But on the other hand it is the best 5 year olds in the world and it was so many that jumped clear rounds. But it was tough enough I think. And very fair all the way through."

Marlon Modolo Zanotelli on the track in the final: "You needed a little bit of horse power to jump clear today. Especially the triple combination was a tough part. With the double of verticals coming in and then the oxer coming out, you had to slow down taking all the power away for the vertical and then push for the oxer. That is hard for the horses, especially towards the end of the course. But it was fair all the way and many clear rounds. It was a good championship."

Maikel van Mierlo on his horse owners, and if he regretted selling the horse: "The owners are really nice people and they want to keep the horse with us. They love the sport, so they are really good owners to ride for."

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