The first international action for this year’s Helsinki Horse Show, International Welcome 140 cm presented by Stopteltat, was a tight fight against the clock but at the end French Julien Anquetin on Z Ice Cube Z jumped to victory. Mario Stevens of Germany and Carrie 22 placed second, narrowly beating the home favourites Jone Illi and Celtas Quillian from Finland.

Julien Anquetin and Z Ice Cube Z - photo Iita-Maria Ahtiainen

Julien Anquetin and Z Ice Cube Z – photo Iita-Maria Ahtiainen

“I’m feeling good, we had a really great round. I’m happy with my riding as well, I got to do everything I planned, the horse felt great, and we had a good warm-up. Thinking about the weekend, this class worked as a preparation for us but of course I’m happy to be at the top three”, said Jone Illi after his performance.

The opening class was a big success for home riders as four other Finns in addition to Illi placed in the top 12 – Maija Yli-Huhtala, Hugo Kogelnig, Eveliina Talvio and Petra Heikkinen.

International Welcome presented by Stopteltat international competition in two phases 140 cm. Starts 41, placings 12.

1) Julien Anquetin – Z Ice Cube Z, FRA 0/23,46
2) Mario Stevens – Carrie 22, GER 0/24,02
3) Jone Illi – Celtas Quillian, FIN 0/24,25
4) Anthony Wellens – Domenco, BEL 0/24,80
5) Martin Fuchs – Commissar Pezi, SUI 0/24,89
6) Jens Fredricson – El Barone 111 Z, SWE 0/25,01
7) Maija Yli-Huhtala – Birchcape’s Wonderland, FIN 0/25,60
8) Hugo Kogelnig – Vermont 2, FIN 0/25,61
9) Ignace Philips De Vuyst – Jasper, BEL 0/27,14
10) Eveliina Talvio – Glamour, FIN 0/29,22
11) Petra Heikkinen – Oechie-K, FIN 0/29,44
12) Kevin Staut – Beau de Laubry Z, FRA 0/30,14

Complete results:

Pohjola Diamond Open Nordic Baltic Grand Prix started on Friday

Aleksandrs Sakurovs with Fillmore DB took the win in Pohjola Diamond Open Nordic Baltic Grand Prix 135 cm 1st qualifier Presented by Welled Lighttherapy. Finnish Eveliina Talvio on New Yorker placed second and Anni Hjerpe and Callboy completed the top three.

Aleksandrs Sakurovs and Fillmore DB - photo- Iita-Maria Ahtiainen

Aleksandrs Sakurovs and Fillmore DB – photo Iita-Maria Ahtiainen

Pohjola Diamond Open Nordic-Baltic Grand Prix 1st event presented by Welled Lighttherapy 135 cm, competition in two phases. Starts 16, placings 4.

1) Aleksandrs Sakurovs – Fillmore DB, LAT 0/34,48
2) Eveliina Talvio – New Yorker T, FIN 0/34,55
3) Anni Hjerpe – Callboy, FIN 0/35,13
4) Renek Rosenberg – Ciorana TT, EST 0/35,72

Complete results: