Apr 10, 2022

First leg of the FUNDIS Youngster Tour with Irish and Belgian winners

Photo: Sportfotos Lafrentz

The FUNDIS Youngster Tour celebrated a great start to the new season at the PARTNER PFERD - this year it hosted four FEI World Cup™ Finals. This gave the international show jumping elite the opportunity to accustom their hopeful young horses to the atmosphere of a tournament worthy of championships: "That is the basic idea of the FUNDIS Youngster Tour: To enable the young horses to get used to the atmosphere of an international tournament," explained Volker Wulff from EN GARDE Marketing GmbH.
In the seven-year-old division, the Belgian Jos Verlooy won with the I Am Moerhoeve's Star daughter Parise van den Dael, ahead of Marvin Jüngel with the Cicero Z-Corrado I son Pessoa C. Third place went to Rene Dittmer with the Genius son Grardje.
In the eight-year-old division, the Irish top rider Denis Lynch had a super weekend and won with Dark Chocolate, a Holstein stallion by Casall, both in the first qualification and in the points-scoring final: "He is a very careful horse and very fast. He is great to handle and absolutely easy to ride, he always makes me look good as a rider," Lynch enthused. "I've built up a lot of horses into the big sport through the Youngster Tour, it's a very important building block in the training of horses." Second place went to Maximilian Weishaupt with Cornezine, a Zinedine-Cornet Obolensky daughter ahead of Marco Kutscher with the Hanoverian stallion Karajan.
"We are now in the third season of the FUNDIS Youngster Tour and are very happy that this leg can take place in this setting," said a delighted Stefan Fundis, Managing Director of Fundis Reitsport. "Leipzig is a great event anyway and it's nice that the horses can gain experience here."
About Fundis Reitsport
Fundis Reitsport GmbH is based in Ilshofen, Baden-Württemberg. The company was founded by Stefan Fundis out of his childhood bedroom, as he had the idea at the age of 14 and put it into practice with the help of his horse and equestrian sports-loving family. And so, with a lot of passion and hard work, the business model established itself as a valued and proven online shop for horses and riders. The heart of Fundis Reitsport GmbH is the online shop, which offers a first-class selection of high-quality products from well-known manufacturers. Whether well-known classics, practical everyday helpers or the latest and most innovative trends - the wide range of products makes every rider's heart beat faster. In addition to the selected premium range, the name Fundis Reitsport stands for personal service, expert advice and an uncomplicated and convenient shopping experience from home or on the road.
The next stop of the FUNDIS Youngster Tour is the German Jumping and Dressage Derby from 25 to 29 May 2022 in Hamburg-Klein Flottbek. 
Since the 2021 season, the ranking has been based on the horses' successes.
Current ranking for seven-year-olds
1st Parise van den Dael (Jos Verlooy/BEL)
2nd Pessoa C (Marvin Jüngel/GER)
3rd Grardje (Rene Dittmer/GER)
4th Vivantas (Philipp Schulze Topphoff/GER)
5th Jonica's Cassia de Revell (Frederica Söderström/SWE)
6th Comme sa mere (Marcus Ehning/GER)
7th Cornet de Semilly (Mario Stevens/GER)
8th Highness (Jan Meves/GER)
9th Cactus (Johannes Ehning/GER)
10th Crystall (Cassandra Orschel/POL)
Current ranking of the eight-year-olds
1st Dark Chocolate (Denis Lynch/IRL)
2nd Cornezine, (Maximilian Weishaupt/GER)
3rd Karajan, (Marco Kutscher/GER)
4th Mr. Zinedine (Jörg Möller/GER)
5th Ellie (Felix Haßmann/GER)
6th Villimey by Gaste (Marie Schulze Topphoff/GER)
7th Equine America It's Me Des Saules (Johan-Sebastian Gulliksen/NOR)
8th Untouchable (Kaya Lüthi/SUI)
9th Kendis, Andrius Petrovas/LTU)
10 Ochi van't Domentshof (Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi/UAE)