Longines FEI World Cup China League Final Part II: Rider Profiles

Longines FEI China League final: competitor feature.



Part II of our report from the China League final focuses on three riders competing at the event: Julian Hyde (JAM), Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) and Jan-Phillip Weichert (GER)


L to R: Jan-Phillip Weichert, Julian Hyde, Maikel van der Vleuten


Twenty-five year old Jan-Phillip Weichert has already competed at FEI 4* and 5* events in his native Germany despite his young age.


Flying high: Jan-Phillip in action in Beijing


The 2015 China League final was his third visit to Beijing, and he finished fourth in the qualifying event this year. He enjoys visiting China to experience new things and to see equestrian sport change and develop. He enjoyed riding his loan horse (the KWPN gelding Uriah) this year, but commented that the standard of competition in China has risen significantly – this year, a clear round was no longer enough to win or place.


Deep in thought: Jan-Phillip in the warmup ring


Maikel van der Vleuten is an Olympic Silver medalist and European team champion. He began riding at age six in his father Eric’s stable and was a very successful junior rider. He earned almost 300 000 Euros in prizemoney in 2014 and has competed in FEI 5* events all over the world.