Vierzon - France
With a simple road trip north from Pompadour to Vierzon for the next show Chantal and Ferero were ready to produce another consistent performance. With another large field of riders from across Europe (24 in total) the combination had their work ahead of them. A solid performance in the Grand Prix produced 66.213% even with one judge pulling their marks down by give 62%. This score sat them in 6th place overall and more importantly, another MES score achieved for the WEG.
The Grand Prix Kur followed with a smaller field with Chantal and Ferero being the last into the arena. It probably wasn’t her best performance to date but the judges were unanimous in their decision placing her 1st with a score of 66.550%. Chantal says it was a pleasure to fly the Australian flag from the winner’s circle. Ferero can now proudly wear his hard earned rug on the road trip to home base at Academy Bartel’s in Holland. Chantal would like to thank her coach Imke Schellekens-Bartel for all the preparation that has helped Chantal achieve this result.
Pompadour - France
It was déjà vu when Chantal and Ferero appeared once again in Pompadour. With an over watered arena that had started to puddle and an early ride in 34 degrees it was 2008 once again. With a score of 63.702% Chantal and Ferero were disappointed but was a reflection of the performance. The Grand prix Kur was a place to redeem themselves and with a score of 69.800% placing them 3rd and an overall place of 4th (due to an equal second position tie) it went a long way to achieve that goal. Congratulations to Haley Beresford who place equal second in the same event.
Achleiten - Austria
Chantal has returned to the European circuit and placed 5th in the Grand Prix CDI3* in Achleiten, Austria with a score of 65.41%. This score is her first this season on the International circuit and credits her with an MES qualification for the WEG in Kentucky, USA in September.
It had been a while since Chantal and Ferero were in the limelight but with another European Castle as a backdrop it was show time after almost a year break. The Grand Prix CDI3* in Achleiten, Austria was the venue and by the warm European summer in full swing it was the place to be seen. Beatriz Ferrer-Salat on Faberge (former WEG silver medalist) was there placing 2nd with 67.32%. For Chantal and Ferero it was not where they had been but where they were going and that was their first MES (minimum eligibility score) for the WEG in September 2010. Ferero rode a solid test with great focus, which enables a mistake free test. The score was a reflection of the combination, which have always worked so well together, 65.41% placing them 5th overall.
Congratulations Chantal and Ferero and Pompadour in France on July 1 will be their next venue.
For a wrap on this great effort please check the article on THM, “Chantal on the road to WEG.www.horsemagazine.com
Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Ferero at 2009 CDI Hagen
Imke Schellekens-Bartels was the only Dutch A-listed who ventured into the lair of the beast to compete against Germany's A-team riders. For the Kur tour she saddled her new ride, Ferero, an 11-year old Ferro x Wellington offspring owned by her student Chantal Wigan. The dark bay was still very unsteady in the contact with the bit but showed a highly cadenced and active trot. His passage is fantasitc but the piaffe lacks some impulsion. The canter zig zag was correct but slightly rushed. It could have been more balanced. Ferero lacks some grace and lightfootedness but his passage is definitely the highlight move on this horse. They scored 68%
Steffen Peters Rides Ferero at the 2009 Global Dressage Forum