Good news from Hungary where last August the 5-year-old Feline fân Stal Bellefleur Star AA (Norbert 444 x Felle 422) was successful in the FEI Young Horse World Championships, or rather the WC for young horses in combined driving.
Place 8 in the World Championship
It was the first time a Friesian horse took part in this international competition – which encompasses the disciplines dressage, marathon and obstacle (cone) driving – Feline’s owner Joanna Frycze from Poland said. Eventually, the mare finished in 8th place of the total ranking. ‘We might even have scored a bit higher, but Feline was a little taken aback by the entire set-up’, says Joanna, who is full of praise for her horse’s performances and driver Weronika Kwiatek. ‘In cone driving she ended in 1st place so for the future chances are she might achieve a higher classification.’
WBFSH membership creates opportunities
In Poland Feline is quite well-known. There she won the 2021 National Championship Cone Driving in the category foreign breeds. That was the moment when Joanna vented her ambition to start her horse in international events. ‘Now that the Friesian horse has been accepted by the WBFSH that road has opened up for us too. It’s a dream for us to participate in the World Championships.’ Feline was bred by the Derksen family and moved to Poland when still a foal. As a 2-year-old she became Inspection Champion, as a 3-year-old she was accepted with a Star second premium and completed an IBOP of 78.5 points.