13 September -There was a significant swing away from the traditional dominance of Turkey and Greece as the host nation, and the visitors from Slovenia, made a big impact at the FEI Balkan Jumping Championships 2014 staged at Konjicki Klub Karoca in Zagreb, Croatia last weekend. 

At the 2013 fixture on their home ground in Istanbul, Turkey claimed five of the seven titles on offer. However this time around only the Senior Team title remained in their grasp while the Greeks had to settle for a double in the Junior category.

The 2014 championships were held at the Hippodrome in Zagreb, attracting competitors from seven nations - Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey - and the four-day fixture ran from 4 to 7 September.


The Slovenian double-success was recorded when Skaza’s fellow-countryman, 30-year-old Luka Zaloznik, steered Eloise du Petit Vivier to clinch Senior individual gold on Sunday, having helped his side to team silver the previous afternoon.

The Slovenian Senior team pinned Romania into bronze by a narrow one-fault margin, Romania’s Razvan Bozan (Quickborn), Ionut Ursache (Vienna), Norbert Schuman (Brutus) and Andy Candin (Carlo) completing on a final tally of 20 faults.

Zaloznik produced the best Slovenian team score when picking up just a single time penalty over the two rounds while Urh Bauman and Coriano Charthago racked up a total of eight, Gregor Terglav (Sunpower Z) collected 10 faults in the first round and the anchor partnership of Andrej Pavlovic and Ciacometti CH produced the discard scores in both rounds.

The gold medal winners from Turkey finished well ahead when Sencer Horasan (Quick de St Hermelle), Ulkan Delikan (Contero), Huiki Karagulle (Skara Glen’s Cascador) and Cagri Basel (Chaccomo) completed on a total of 13.

Basel and Chaccomo are seasoned campaigners, competing at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping 2014 division 2 leg at Bratislava in Slovakia last month and at Drammen in Norway earlier in the summer.  Horasan was a double-bronze medallist at the FEI Balkan Championships in Athens in 2012.

Slovenia’s Zaloznik however pinned Turkey’s Basel into silver medal spot on the final day when Croatia’s Janka Krasovec and Chicofino took individual Senior bronze.  Zaloznik’s 10-year-old Belgian-bred mare was a winner at Lummen, Belgium in April and at Abu Dhabi and Al Ain earlier in the year.


FEI Balkan Senior Team Jumping Championship:  GOLD - Turkey 13 faults: Quick de St Hermelle (Sencer Horasan) 4/0, Contero (Ulkan Delikan) 6/-, Skara Glen’s Cascador (Huiki Karagulle) 7/1, Chacomo (Cagri Basel) 1/1; SILVER - Slovenia 19 faults: Coriano Carthago (Urh Bauman) 4/4, Eloise du Petit Vivier (Luka Zaloznik) 1/0, Sunpower Z (Gregor Terglav) 10/0, Ciacometti CH (Andrej Pavlovic) 12/13; BRONZE- Romania 20 faults: Quickborn 5 (Razvan Bozan) 0/4, Vienna (Ionut Ursache) 12/4, Brutus (Norbert Schuman) 0/8, Carlo (Andy Candin) 8/4.

FEI Balkan Senior Individual Jumping Championship: GOLD - Eloise du Petit Vivier (Luka Zaloznik) SLO 9.19; SILVER - Chaccomo (Cagri Basel) TUR 10.25; BRONZE - Chicofino (Janka Krasovec) CRO 14.22.

FEI Balkan Young Riders Individual Jumping Championship: GOLD - Armagedon S (Tadej Skaza) SLO 2.02; SILVER - LC Waikiki Akino (Anna-Maria Papageorgiou) GRE 8.00; BRONZE - Cornelia (Diogenis Palegdas) GRE 22.49.

FEI Balkan Junior Team Jumping Championship: GOLD - Greece 0 faults: Zjohn G (Andreas Vardinogiannis) 0/0, Magic de France (Ioannis Marinakis) 0/0, Coco Lavoro (George Alexandros Amoutzas) 0/4, Oscar du Perron (Marina Theofanopoulou) 4.0; SILVER - Turkey 8 faults in jump-off: Carolus (Asli Gulec) 4/0/4, Timberland (Elif Ozsahn) 12/6/6, Calantus 4 (Selim Can Guney) 4/4/4, WWW Molenheide NL (Adrian Onur) 4/0/0; BRONZE - Slovenia DNF in jump-off: Glorija I (Nina Pangeric) 0/8/4, Quintano K (Anze Sisernik) 0/4/8, Wait n See (Tanit Baukman) 4/8/12, Law in LA (Robert Kucer) 0/0/DNS.

FEI Balkan Junior Individual Jumping Championship: GOLD - Zjohn G (Andreas Vardinogiannis) GRE 0/0/0; SILVER - Calantus 4 (Selim Can Guney) TUR 0/4/0; BRONZE - Cembalo ll (Alexandra Mladin Bradisteanu) ROU 1/1/2.

FEI Balkan Children’s Team Jumping Championship: GOLD - Croatia 0 faults in jump-off: Gemilio LCS (Dunja Al Jamal) 0/0/0, Castro (Filip Jadrijevic) 12/0/0, Tara (Eva Golubicek) 4/5/4, Coeur de Croatie (Josip Gugic) 0/0/0; SILVER - Turkey 4 faults in jump-off: Coolina (Taha Yedikardes) 0/0/0, Admiral (Neslihan Esen) 0/0/0, Dartelle van Bekenhof (Dogasu Aksoy) 6/4/-, Rose (Aleyna Irten) 4/0/4; BRONZE - Greece 8 faults: Cobbydor (Paola Martini) 0/0, Championess 10 (Maria-Erietta Katsou) 4/0, Lili Marlen ll Ch Flexi-Node Atio (Anna-Sophia Danalis) 8/4, Arabella ll (Selini Popp) 4/0.

FEI Balkan Children’s Individual Jumping Championship:  GOLD - Coeur de Croatie (Josip Gugic) CRO 0/0/0; SILVER - Gamilio LCS (Dunja Al Jamal) CRO 0/0/4; BRONZE - Arabella 11 (Selini Popp) GRE 0/4/1.

source: fei.org

image: Slovenia’s Luka Zaloznik and Eloise du Petit Vivier claimed individual gold and team silver in the Senior category at the FEI Balkan Jumping Championships 2014 at Zagreb, Croatia last weekend. (Alexis Vassilopoulos/FEI)