Joel Performs Well At "Jumping Amsterdam" World Cup Classes
Joel, the 10-year-old gelding sired by Morningside Stud's KWPN-approved stallion Ekstein, continued his fantastic jumping this past weekend in Holland.
On Friday at the important "Jumping Amsterdam" competition, Joel (Ekstein x Ramiro Z) jumped clear in the Qualification Competition for the World Cup and placed 8th out of 36 starters. This result earned prize money for Joel's rider and breeder, Gert Jan Bruggink, and a ticket to jump the next day.
On Saturday in the FEI World Cup class Joel jumped clear in the first round of this 1.60 metre competition and had two fences down in the jump-off. He placed 9th and once again finished in the prize money.
Earlier in 2001 Joel and Bruggink won the Gold Medal in the European Championship for Young Riders, became Reserve Champions of Holland, and lead the Dutch Team to victory in the Samsung Nations Cup World Final in Madrid.
Joel is one of 12 offspring of Ekstein (Zion x Joost) jumping Grand Prix in Europe; Ekstein also has 10 offspring jumping at high levels in the USA.