1 November 2016, Belgium ~ Pamills Lipse (SE) trained by Maria Hagman-Eriksson and ridden by Anna Pilroth, won the €10,0000 first prize at the European Heritage Championship at the Hippodrome De Mons-Ghlin on 31 October, Belgium.
Pilroth made the 2100m trip on the five-year-old grey mare by Top Flyte bred by Ingrid Kindh in the time of 2:26:00.
Russia featured well, filling places 2-4 as Tersk Stud’s Sakmagon Tersk ridden by Jente Marien came second by 3/4 length and while Samavolov Stud’s Talyi Sneg under Zoe Vande Velde was third. Tersk Stud gathered in fourth place with Milolika Tersk under Sarah Vermeersch.
Eleven entered HARC eligible horses came from Russia, Romania, Sweden, UK and local communities for the 2016 European Heritage Championship sponsored by the Heritage Arabian Racing Club (HARC). Eight horses were aided by the added travel bonus.
The race featured the first ever Heritage Nations Cup (Coupe des Nations), a special challenge award to the top three rated horses from the country with at least three starters. Belgium, Russia, and Sweden (4 entries) competed.
The Nations Cup was awarded to Russia, obviously the strongest as a group, although the horses had suffered slightly from the seven days travel. Also important to note is that the Russian horses are 3 years-olds, but already with experience as the Russians race their Arabians from age two onwards.
According to race organizer, Nelly Phillipot, “All participants seemed happy to have been there and the plans and adaptations (date, conditions) for the 2017 edition of the event are already under discussion.”
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Heritage Nations Cup Results
Russia – 9 points – Sakmogan Tersk, Talily Sneg, Milolika Tersk
Sweden – 13 points – Pamills Lipse, Rugosza, Mr. Maximus
Belgium – 30 pints – Demona, Port De La Vie, HB Ma’isah