Now that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are approaching, it is a good time for Team Verwimp to look back on the past year. Without a doubt, 2020 can be called a historic year with the great impact that the corona virus has had on the competition season. Despite the cancellation of various dressage events, Team Verwimp can look back on an educational, busy and beautiful year!
CDI Lier and lockdown Belgium
After a successful completion of the competition season in 2019, Team Verwimp started the year with the first competitions of 2020. In February, the CDI Lier in the Azelhof was planned, where Jorinde, together with her horses Cape Town and Golddream vd Kempenhoeve has put down decent scores. Unfortunately, the first lockdown was announced by the Belgian government right after the dressage event. An unexpected message that presented Team Verwimp with a major challenge.
It was a situation that required various adjustments, says Jorinde Verwimp: “We started the year with many good prospects, but soon our entire schedule had to be adjusted. Normally we always train through the winter and then show the results during the summer season in various competitions. Because this was unfortunately not possible, we trained throughout the summer season this year. “
Highlights of 2020
Despite the developments, Team Verwimp has been able to represent itself at a number of national and international dressage events. This resulted in a number of beautiful highlights, such as Britt van de Weyer and her talented pony Constantino at the European Championship in Hungary. Both individually and as a team they managed to perform strongly, which resulted in a 4th placement with the Belgian team!
Also for Jorinde the competition rhythm was allowed to temporarily look around the corner with the international competition CDI Grote Brogel. Here she made their international debut together with the Tango mare Just a Little Bit Krack v / h Klaverhof. The year ended nicely with the Belgian Dressage Championships, where Jorinde scored high with her Charmer (by Charmeur) and won a gold medal. The other Verwimp team members also showed strong tests in various classes during the competition.
Jorinde Verwimp looks back on a good year: “The past year has been one of the most educational years. Due to fewer competitions on the schedule, we have trained for a longer period and this has clearly had a positive effect on all my horses. They have made leaps and bounds and this offers interesting prospects for 2021. Hopefully there will be a more normal competition season!
With this great preview of next year, Team Verwimp heralds the festive season. They wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2021!