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Joel Wins Dutch National Championship

Joel, the 11-year-old gelding sired by Morningside Stud's stallion Ekstein, won the 2002 Dutch National Showjumping Championship in Hoofddorp, Holland over the weekend 14 - 16 June.

Joel and his breeder/rider Gert-Jan Bruggink, narrowly defeated last year's champion, Angelique Horn and Hascal, who placed second. Other top riders and horses
from the Netherlands included 3rd place finisher Marc Houtzager on HBC Jacomar, 4th place finisher Ben Schroder on Agrovorm's Maria Callas, and fifth place
finisher Albert Voorn on Tinello Corona. Also competing in the championship were Albert Zoer, Eric van der Vleuten, Peter Geerink, and Olympic Gold Medal
winner Jeroen Dubbeldam.

Joel (Ekstein x Ramiro Z) and Bruggink were the 2001 Gold Medal winners in the European Championship for Young Riders, 2001 Gold Medal winners in the Samsung Nations Cup World Final, and 2001 Vice-Champions of Holland.

Ekstein (Zion x Joost) is approved by the KWPN and has 16 offspring competing at 1.40 - 1.60 metre, two winning and/or placing in Nations Cup classes, and two
placing in World Cup classes.


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