The first event at the Tops International Arena opened with three competitions for young horses which attracted 134 entries. In the youngest age-group for five-year-olds, team bronze medallist from the London 2012 Olympic Games, 45-year-old Ramzy Al Duhami steered BWP mare My Presley Girl (Presley Boy - Tess Briolita x Kalypso) to victory in a two-phase speed class, ahead of Dutchman Eric van der Vleuten Jnr riding Helga-Utopia (Zirocco Blue VDL - Smaragd Utopia x Haarlem). A surprise winner in the six-year-old category when Emma Augier de Moussac and KWPN-bred Gradetty (Crespo VDL - Radetty x Silvio II), based in the Netherlands but representing the Czech Republic, finished three seconds ahead of Sjaak Sleiderink and Glamour (Charmeur - Ueva x OO Seven) from the Netherlands. Although Augier de Moussac only too over the ride on Gradetty from Frederique Lebon less than two months ago, this is their second victory in young-horse classes. Finally, the seven-year-olds saw victory go to another Dutchman, Jos Verlooy riding Karibou Horta, a Belgian Warmblood by Landor S (Oldbg), out of a For Pleasure (Hann) dam. This pair finished ahead of Ireland’s Bertram Allen riding Holsteiner mare Calafrieda (Canto - Unke x Lavall I). This year alone, Verlooy and Karibou have been on top of the winner’s podium no fewer than three times in CSIYH1* classes, runner-up twice, and several other top placings – certainly a pair to watch as they transition into the big time. Source: Tops International Arena