The winner Christian Ahlmann on his gold medal horse Hui Buh: “I bought half of him from the breeders two weeks ago. When I tried him I had a good feeling, but he didn't have so much experience so I send him to a small show with my rider and I jumped him here one time two weeks before the championship. So I thought I would give it a try and take it step by step with the qualifications. He gave me a really good feeling here, also in the jump-off so I thought I would try to go for it. He did an amazing job, he was really clever, he was fighting and he gave me some really good signs for the future.”
The only 16 year old Carola Wegener won silver on Caspar Blue and told the press a little bit about herself: “I live in Germany near Osnabrück, but I ride for Austria. We have a stable at home, and my father also competes. My mum and dad train me. When I finish school, I think I want to ride full time.”
Carola Wegener on her horse Caspar Blue: “He has been with me since March this year and we bought him from his breeders. Caspar Blue is a great horse and jumped really good here so I'm very proud of him. Before we came here we competed at the Bundeschampionat in Warendorf; that was also big but we ended 9th in the final there. If you are good at the Bundeschampionat you are allowed to come to Lanaken to compete, and he jumped very well there so I made the decision to go. This was my first world championship for young horses.”
Carola also had a lot of fans cheering her on: “Yes, they are from our stable – and then the breeders and my sister and parents were here. At our stable we have a lot of people and they are all fans of Caspar so they made a t-shirt to wear here.”
Bronze medalist Patrick Lemmen was not at the press conference as he was to compete in the finals for the seven year old.
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