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Femke de Laat dominates first competition Subli Competition

May 2, 2022

On Sunday, May 1, the new season of the Subli Competition for Young Dressage Horses started at Manege De Cavaliers-Helden in Panningen. During this first competition, which was organized for RV Klavertje Vier, it was Femke de Laat who clearly left her calling card in the four and five year olds and won both classes.

The well-organized competition in Panningen was judged in both classes by judges Karin Retera and Cindy Heijligers. Judge Karin Retera commented afterwards, "We saw a small, but very high quality field of competitors in the ring. In both the four-year-olds and the five-year-olds there was not a single participant who scored below 70% and that also says something about the quality of the horses across the board. We saw especially well-developed and correct moving horses that walk nicely in balance on their own legs. We were particularly impressed by the quality of the horses, but also by the way they were presented. The fact that the horses are presented so neatly, in a manner appropriate to the age of the horse, we think is a good development."

Three top horses

In both the four-year-old and five-year-old young dressage horse classes, Femke de Laat was placed first by the judges. In the four-year-olds Femke won with Misson (by Eyecatcher) and in the five-year-olds she came first with Nox (by Furst Romancier). Her other trump card in the five-year-olds, the black stallion Nashville (by Secret), finished just behind in second place. Femke therefore looks back on a very successful weekend. She says: "I was really super happy with the performance of all three horses. It actually could not have gone better. I feel blessed that I can ride three of these top horses. It was the first outdoor competition of the season and they all did great. I always really enjoy riding the Subli Competition competitions because it's a good experience for the young horses and you can let them get used to the competition atmosphere in peace and quiet."

Talented in their own way

Femke continued: "The five-year-old Mission I have been riding since he was three years old and is really my dream horse. We also had a very successful season last year in the Subli Competition in the four-year-olds and may participate in the selection for the World Young Dressage Horse Championships this year. Besides being incredibly handsome, he is also very good at all the exercises. He always picks up everything very quickly. In the four-year-olds I had Nox and Nashville with me, they are both very talented in their own way. I was also very pleased with their performance this competition. Overall it was a tough day with three horses, but very successful. Now on to the next Subli competition in Aerdenhout."

Results Subli Competition Young Dressage Horses May 1 Panningen


1. Femke de Laat - Nox (by Furst Romancier), 82.40
2. Femke de Laat - Nashville (by Secret), 80.20
3. Theo Hanzon - Nabuco Van Het Goorhof, 79.40


1. Femke de Laat - Mission (by Eye Catcher), 77.40
2. Kris de Vries - Freekick (by Franziskus), 73.60

The next competition of the Subli Competition for Young Dressage Horses will be held on May 22 in Aerdenhout. View the full calendar of the Subli Competition.