he 2004 Belgian-bred mare Evita van de Veldbalie, who up until now has been paired with the reigning World Champion Daniel Deusser as well as 2008 Olympian Eiken Sato, has joined the international stables of Neil Jones and Neil Jones Equestrian. The horse remains under ownership of Stephex Stables.
Italy’s star Lorenzo De Luca will ride the mare. The mount is one of the many great talents found at Stephex Stables and has recently been competing under the Japanese flag with Eiken Sato. However, as previously reported, Sato has left Stephex Stables due to family reason and will no longer compete with the internationally-recognized stables located in Brussels, Belgium.
De Luca and Evita van de Veldbalie have already competed together at Fontainbleau in the CSI2* competition last weekend where they qualified for the Grand Prix. With Germany’s Daniel Deusser, Evita van de Veldbalie won the Equità Masters in Lyon and ranked in the top-10 of the FEI World Cup in Stockholm.