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Bertram Allen and Quite Easy 4 speed to victory in the Audi Prize in Den Bosch

Saturday, 11 March 2017
CSI5* Indoor Brabant 2017

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Bertram Allen with Quite Easy 4 en route to victory in Den Bosch. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Bertram Allen (IRL) and Quite Easy 4 (Quidam’s Rubin x Zapateado) took an impressive win in Saturday night's CSI5* 1,55m Audi Prize at Indoor Brabant. Twelve horse and rider combinations out of the 38 in the class qualified for the jump-off, where the course was shortened down to seven jumps with a combination half-way.

Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) with Capetown (Oklund x Carlino) started off the jump-off with a round in 37,66 seconds – a time that wasn’t impossible to beat, but still put pressure on the ones to come. Kevin Staut (FRA) did some fantastic turns with the rubberball Ayade de Septon et HDC (Wandor van de Mispelaere x Belle d’Avril du Mazy) and crossed the finish line in 35,10 seconds, but with four faults he had to settle for 7th place in the end.

Ludger Beerbaum (GER) with the 18-year-old Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You) didn’t go all in, and saw the clock stop at 37,89 seconds while Gudrun Patteet (BEL) with Sea Coast Atlantic (Schilling x Aramis de la Cense) went for it and took over the lead in 36,92 seconds. The next rider – Denis Lynch (IRL) with van Helsing (Valentino 240 x Stakkato) – did a training round to end the course in 44,06 seconds.

As next to go, Lorenzo de Luca (ITA) did a very fast round with Halifax van het Kluizebos (Heartbreaker x Fetiche du Pas) and crossed the finish line 0,46 seconds ahead of Patteet to take over the lead. 

After De Luca the faults start coming: Christopher Surbey (CAN) with Cavarola (Corland x Wellington), Pius Schwizer (SUI) with Leonard de la Ferme CH (Landjuweel x Indigene de Corday), Leopold van Asten (NED) with VDL Groep Miss Untouchable (Chacco-Blue x Aldatus) and Simon Delestre (FRA) with Hermes Ryan (Hugo Gesmeray x Ryon d’Anzex) all got four faults, while Albert Zoer (NED) with Dum Drum (Larino x Cavalier) ended on eight.

As last to go Bertram Allen (IRL) with Quite Easy 4 kept the fences intact and produced an incredible jump-off that 1,73 seconds faster than De Luca, snatching the win in the prestigious Audi Prize. 


Text © World of Showjumping // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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