GERMANY (by Adriana van Tilburg) The Hamburg Derby always hosts a Youngster Cup, previously with just one class for both seven- and eight-year-olds. This year it was separated into two different classes – a good thing, because these youngsters should be educated and valued for their respective ages.

The class is very popular among the international riders, although there were a number who didn’t bring their youngsters on this occasion. Hamburg is a show with long traditions that attracts knowledgeable spectators, and there is a lot to learn and see for the young horses in the wonderful grass arena.

Quibery: home-turf win

The seven-year-old class had a lot of quality horses, with one stallion that took away the breath of the international riders: Lector van de Bisschop (Bamako de Muze - Cordula de Laubr y x For Pleasure, bred by Stal den Bisschop) under the saddle of Karline de Brabander (BEL). They placed three times (including in the final) in the top 10. Lector van de Bisschop’s sire, Bamako de Muze (Darco - Fragance de Chalus x Jalisco B, bred by de Brabander-Boelens) also had an international career under Karline’s saddle. I should also mention that her second horse, for the Hamburg Derby, Fantomas de Muze (Sandro Boy), is a half brother of Lector van de Bisschop and is currently competing at 1m60.

In the seven-year-old final there were two horses sired by Quintero (Quantum - Ibara x Chamonix, Stamm 569, bred by Hans Joachim Ahsbahs). This stallion jumped at 1m60 under the saddle of Rolf-Göran Bengtsson. His son, Bre- itling LS (out of Armonia la Silla x Acord II, bred by Alfonso Romo) recently won the World Cup final under the saddle of Beezie Madden (USA)...

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