(Hagen) This week Hof Kasselmann and P.S.I. Events hosted a trial for Japanese riders training in Europe to qualify for the Asian Games. This event partnered with another trial which will take place in Japan over the weekend, giving all Japanese riders a chance to present themselves for consideration for the Asian Games which will take place in Jakarta later this year.
Five Japanese riders based and training in Europe attended the trial, though results varied over the two days, the order of placing remained the same! Akane Kuroki and the KWPN gelding Toots performed best on both days, with both scores well over 70%. Second place went to Kazuki Sado and Djuce who improved his scored from day one by more than 0.2 percentage points! Terui Schunsuke, who is based out of Hof Kasselmann took third on both days, breaking the 70% mark on the second day in the Intermediate I class with Alias Max, an eleven-year-old Holsteiner gelding whom he has only been riding for a brief period.
FEI 5* International dressage judge Susanne Baarup of Denmark attended the event in her official capacity: “I have really been looking forward to the event ever since I got the invitation, because this is really what it’s all about. It has been amazing here, I was very positive about the standard of the riding here, and I think that they are really on the right way with the riders and the horses, and they are really looking for the good trainers. The location here is of course fantastic, the hospitality is wonderful.” She was joined in the Judges booths by Dr. Jean-Michel Roudier of France, Freddy Leyman of Belgium, Clive Halsall of Great Britain, and Carlos Lopes of Portugal.
“It is a pleasure to be here in Hagen, I would like to thank the organizer, because this is really well done, the way that they can do these events and they are so close to perfect, and seem to improve every year.” Said Lopes of his time in Hagen.
The Japanese Equestrian Federation was well represented at the event, team trainers Christoph Koschel and Emile Faurie, team coordinator Ullrich Kasselmann, and Chef de Equipe Shinichi Terui were present to see all the riders for themselves. “It went really well yesterday and today, it was a pleasure watching all the riders, it was a great opportunity for the riders to make some mistakes, and really learn from that, and to make it clear what they need to work on. It’s great to see all the riders who have been training in Europe. Two of our young riders are stationed here at Hof Kasselmann they have been trained very well. We always look forward to training, and having the selection trial here, and to working closely with the Kasselmann Family.” Said Chef de Equipe Shinichi Terui following the weeks events.