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Marten Luiten did it again!

Last season, the Dutch U25 rider Marten Luiten was the most successful in the Lövsta Future Challenge International Dressage Tour. In Boxen in Herning, he clinched a double victory

  22 Oct 2023   Britt

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Winner Marten Luiten(NED) and Fynona founder of Lövsta Future Challenge Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén and Hans-Christian Matthiesen representing Dressurens Venner, judge at C Kurt Christensen, Jens Trabjerg (organizer) and Stefan Sandquist, Adamsbro. Photo: Kim C. Lundin


There was anticipation of a close battle for victory in the Lövsta Future Challenge International Dressage Tour presented by Dressurens Venner (friends of dressage). The popular series for U25 riders is only in its second season, but the riders are very excited to ride in the series.

Last year's most successful rider in the Lövsta Future Challenge, Dutch Marten Luiten was among the U25-riders at the World Cup event in Herning for the first time. Together with Fynona by  Ampere, he showed a particularly strong canter program in his freestyle. With a score of 76.825%, he secured the victory in front of three Danish riders:

Sophia Ludvigsen/Blue Hors Quintana by Quantensprung rode into second place, and it was only margins that separated the first three riders in the class, as Sophia was rewarded with 75.642% from the judges Kurt Kristensen, Lone Dichmann and Mats Eriksson.

Thea Bech and Dionisos by Spielberg showed their strength in piaffe and passage, but today they replaced Saturday's second place with a third place with 75.334%

Sara Aagaard Hyrm and the only 9-year-old Atterupgaars Cooper e. Charmeur came in 4th place ( 71.334%)

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Sophia Ludvigsen/Blue Hors Quintana. Photo: Kim C. Lundin

Impressive venue

"This is the first time I am in Herning. Of course I saw postings on social media of the build of the arena and it looked very impressive. And it did not disappoint, it has been really fantastic here, Marten Luiten states and he continues: "I was very satisfied with my ride today, ok there are always some small things you want to improve, but all in all I had a good feeling in the test and she was more relaxed inside the arena today. And especially in the canter, she gave me a really good feeling.”

Marten was successful in the series last year and he enjoyed riding the new series and decided to ride again this year. Marten is only 21-years-old.

"It gives so much motivation and inspiration to ride in these big arenas, and at the same time see top senior riders like Patrik Kittel working with the horses in the warm-up and how he prepares his horses for the competition. I really think it helps us U25 riders to take the leap into the senior level in the future", he concludes.

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Winner Marten Luiten(NED) and Fynona. Photo: Kim C. Lundin


About Lövsta Future Challenge

The anticipation is building as the Lövsta Future Challenge International Dressage Tour gears up for its second season. Launched in 2022, the tour provides a platform for some of Europe's best U25 riders to compete in international arenas where FEI Dressage World Cup™ competitions are held.

The tour kicked of at World Cup Herning, and Jens Trabjerg, Sport Director of World Cup Herning expresses the excitement:

- "World Cup Herning is proud to be a part of Lövsta Future Challenge International Dressage Tour. The significant support and demand in 2022 showed that young riders value the tournament and the experience gained by participating at such a high level competition. Tomorrow's senior stars will undoubtedly look back on their participation in Lövsta Future Challenge, recognising the substantial impact the tournament has had on their athletic development."

In addition to the World Cup Herning, the Lövsta Future International Dressage Tour unfolds during Jumping Amsterdam from January 25-28 and Gothenburg Horse Show from February 21-25. Each event features the U25 Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle.

A change for this year is the removal of the "overall winner" which was awarded to the best overall rider of the tour. Instead, the SEK 100 000 "Overall Winner´s check" is spread out to all of the participating riders at Gothenburg Horse Show.

Tinne Vilhelmson Silfvén, founder of Lövsta Future Challenge, was thrilled to see the outcome of today´s class.

"It´s incredible to see that there is such a great interest for our tour. The quality of both the horses and the riders is truly high; most of them are already competetive in international Grand Prix."

Results from today can be found here.