The 7th-9th of June the very first International students competition for schools within EEN was held at Flyinge, Sweden. The winners in the Individual event were two girls from Warendorf, Germany, the Team gold medal went to a mixed team from Germany, France and Sweden.
During three days the students were gathered to compete, meet each other and to make new experiences. The purpose of the weekend was to show a unified European riding education for the students who will teach at level 2. “The purpose were filled far over our expectations. It has been one of the best weekends in a very long time”, says Ann-Catrin Carlsson who is teaching in show jumping at Flyinge and who is also vice President in EEN. The Students were divided into teams with mixed nationalities. They were competing in style jumping, dressage, teaching and theory.The members of the winning team s were Maria Charlotte Wist, Warendorf Germany, Alexander Boursier, France and Nina Pietarila, Flyinge. The team held a very appreciated lesson about safety in stables and showed superb pedagogic skills. Sophie Albrecht from Germany was the top rider in the international Competition, Maria Charlotte Wist, also Germany, was placed as second and Cyril Gavralovic, Saumur, France, was third. “ It’s an honor to win and I have learnt so much. You can bring something new from everyone you meet here and it has been some wonderful days. I will bring back many fine memories from Flyinge. Mostly, how great the horses are here at the school”, says Sophie Albrecht. Although the guests were impressed by the beautiful surroundings of Flyinge, the horses were most treasured of all. “The quality of the horses were really high. They are very well trained. Flyinge really sets a standard with this competition” says Marcus Scharmann, responsible for the education in Warendorf. Also the judging committee received credibility from the participators. The members of the committee were Maria Gretzer, Sweden, Markus Scharmann, Germany, Ulf Wilken, Sweden and Pedro Carmen Costa, Portugal. “The judgers were amazing. You could really discuss with them and get a lot of feedback” said Alexander Boursier from the French team. “I really found that the purpose for this competition were filled and I think that everyone who took part of this are positive for it to continue”, said Ulf Wilken, President in IGEQ, International Group for Equestrian Qualifications.