Jun 7, 2011 - 22:22
VDL Groep Zimba (Mermus R x Hemmingway) was the impressive winner of the young horses final at CSI *** Eindhoven. Leopold van Asten rode him to victory, although officially this scopy Mermus R son is trained and competed by Maikel van der Vleuten.
“But as Maikel was in St Gallen, and my own seven year old was still recovering from injury, I took Zimba to Eindhoven”, says Leopold. “But this is great horse, you know. He’s the kind of horse that jumps beautifully even if he gallps at high speed. The jump off contained long lines, so this suited him.”
On Friday Zimba and Leopold van Asten were double clear and won the qualifier.
Wim van der Leegte, sponsor of both Leopold van Asten and Maikel van der Vleuten, bought VDL Groep Zimba at age three, when the beautiful Mermus R offspring was selected for the KWPN performance test and auctioned at the prestigious KWPN Select sale.