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Victory for Maikel van der Vleuten in Beijing, Zhiwen Zaoh wins the China League

Tuesday, 07 October 2014

Maikel van der Vleuten won on a borrowed horse in Beijing. The final of this year's Longines FEI World Cup Jumping of the China League 2014 in Beijing is over. The winner of todays final competition is like in the qualifying round yesterday, the current team World Champion Maikel van der Vleuten from the Netherlands with the horse Ziemar. Van der Vleuten had the only clear round in the final competition.

The Chinese rider Ciren Bianba ended second, while Longines Ambassador Jane Richard Philips was third on Urema. The name of the winner of the 2014 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping of the China League is  Zhiwen Zaoh. He is now qualified for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in April 2015. Because Daniel lives and rides in Europe, there is a good chance that he will compete in Las Vegas.

22 riders competed in the today's final of the China League, one of 17 FEI worldwide leagues. Fifteen Chinese riders fought for World Cup points in the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping China League 2014. The international riders of the world's equestrian elite which competed in Beijing, included Eric van der Vleuten and his son Maikel from the Netherlands, Cian O ́Connor, Captain Michael Kelly and Ross Mulholland from Ireland and Longines Ambassador Jane Richards Philips from Switzerland. They all rode horses from the Beijing International Equestrian Center, because of the current quarantine situation in China.

Although he did not get any World Cup points it was a great success for todays winner Maikel van der Vleuten, who is already very famous in China. During the press conference Maikel said, that he enjoyed his first competition in China a lot and was very positiv about the quality of the horses. Maikel won 240.000 Yuan (30.000 Euro). Also Jane Richard and Ciren Bianba were excited about competing in China.

The overall winner of the China League 2014, Zhiwen Zhao was already ranked number one before today's final. The only condition for him to go to Las Vegas next year is to complete one round in a North American or European four star Grand Prix. Meimei Zhu, which is a student at the stable of Ludger Beerbaum in Germany, completed the this years Longines FEI World Cup — China League as rank five.

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Source: Press release from Engarde Marketing

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