Teenager wins the NetAachen-Prize – competition for Young Riders
NetAachen has been asserting itself for the promotion of talented young riders for a long time. Hence, it is a logical consequence that the official telecommunications service provider of the CHIO Aachen is also supporting a jumping competition for Young Riders at the CHIO Aachen. The first victory in the NetAachen Prize went to Mexico.
“My father is competing in the Big Tour here, so I asked if I could ride,” explained the just 17-year-old Patricio Pasquel Poo. He was given the go ahead, he came, he saw and he conquered. Riding the KWPN mare, Miss Michael’s, he left the entire European youngster show jumping elite trailing behind him. The pair raced over the finish line in a time of 67.93. Even the speedy Irish riders weren’t able to catch him.
Second place went to the 16-year-old Tom Wachman with HH Fireball (68.39 seconds), who won team gold at the European Championships of the Pony Riders two years ago. Harry Allen (20), who picked up team gold with his Irish colleagues at the European Championships just a few weeks ago in Portugal was also pipped at the post. Today, Allen rode the just eight-year-old Je T’Aime Flamenco daughter, Classified, the pair jumped clear in a time of 68.55 seconds to claim third place.
For NetAachen Managing Director, Andreas Schneider, the class is the consistent continuation of the company’s commitment to young talents. The company not only asserts itself at the CHIO Aachen, but also in the scope of the “Aachen Youngstars”, the perhaps most important show for aspiring young riders. “It is fantastic that many of the riders that we have experienced at the Aachen Youngstars in the past, are now conquering the CHIO Aachen Main Stadium, it is wonderful that we can accompany these young talents on their way,” commented Schneider.
Patricio Pasquel Poo and his Vater Patricio Pasquel arrived in Europe just a few weeks ago. Prior to that, Pasquel Senior had competed at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The pair took part in a show in Kronenberg (NED) in preparation for Aachen. And now both father and son are competing in Aachen. “It doesn’t matter what it is, everything is fantastic!” raved Pasquel Poo and stressed above all how relaxed his mare is here: “She is normally pretty spooky. But today she simply jumped super!”
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