Ukraine’s Cassio Rivetti and the 11-year-old Chataga continued their winning streak on Dutch soil in Saturday’s CSI4* 1.50m YACHT Prix at Jumping Amsterdam. Again a fully packed RAI Amsterdam witnessed a spectacular jump-off, but this time the Dutch riders could not keep the victory in the Netherlands. Michael Greeve and his relatively new mare Eurohill’s Africa were close to beating last week’s winner of the Grand Prix of Drachten, Cassio Rivetti - but had to settle for runner-up position only 0.04 seconds behind. Jur Vrieling and VDL Glasgow van ‘t Merelsnest turned out quicker, but knocked down the penultimate fence.
Only nine out of a star studded field of 49 riders made it into the jump-off, with the only 17-year-old Zoe Conter and her wonderful Soory de l’Hallali (For Pleasure x Pegase Gerbaux) delivering the first clear. In the jump-off, Stephan Conter’s daughter Zoe gave her extremely careful chestnut mare a wonderful ride, finishing in 34.64 seconds. Zoe’s turns were tight, but she left the door open in the line from fence three to four and from the combination to the penultimate fence, where her Soory de l’Hallali went on seven instead of the risky six strides. Dutch rider Ben Schröder and the experienced Urban Hero (Centurion Montfort x Ilmeo) tried their best, but soon got a knockdown: finishing on four faults and a time of 37.31.
As third to go, Ukraine’s Cassio Rivetti and his jumping machine Chataga (Chacco Blue x Carthago) got their top speed towards the end of the jump-off course. Losing a little bit of time in the rollback to fence three, Rivetti made that up by leaving out a stride to the penultimate fence and by taking all the risk in both the combination and on the last jump stopping the clock on 34.57 seconds.
Yesterday’s winner Robert Vos got an unlucky refusal on Interline H (Indoctro x Elmshorn) and Great Britain’s John Whitaker got an early knockdown on Echo of Light (Come On x Contender). It looked like Jur Vrieling would take over the lead from Rivetti, when he on his powerful stallion VDL Glasgow van ‘t Merelsnest (Nabab de Rêve x Darco) left out a stride on the line from three to four and got a forward distance out of every turn. Jur Vrieling tried everything to beat Rivetti’s time of 34.57 seconds and also left out a stride to the penultimate fence, on which the 10-year-old Glasgow made an unlucky mistake which meant four faults in 34.40 seconds.
All the Dutch eyes were aimed on their last hope for a home win: Michael Greeve and Eurohill’s Africa (Guidam x Voltaire). Due to an injury of Africa’s regular rider Mark Bunting, Michael Greeve took over the ride on the 11-year-old mare only a couple of weeks ago. In yesterday’s 1.45m class Greeve already ended up as runner-up aboard Africa and tonight turned out the same. A very well ridden jump-off by Greeve and Africa seemed to be enough to beat Rivetti, but by adding a stride towards the penultimate fence, Greeve lost it by only 0.04 seconds. When Germany’s Marcus Ehning had an early fault on Gin Chin van het Lindenhof (Chin Chin x Calido I), Cassio Rivetti and Chataga officially took their second win on Dutch soil within a week.
Rabo Talent of the Year Lisa Nooren
The 19-year-old Lisa Nooren received the title of Rabo Talent of the Year today at Jumping Amsterdam – the most prestigious equestrian talent award in the Netherlands. In the 1.45m Anton Ebben Memorial Prix, Lisa Nooren immediately confirmed her great talent by winning aboard the competitive Royalty des Isles (Zandor Z x Elan de la Cour) – also ridden by USA’s Lauren Hough. France’s Julien Epaillard became the runner-up, followed my Morocco’s top rider Abdelkebir Ouaddar.
Germany’s Marcus Ehning and the Netherlands’ Henk van de Pol shared the victory in the spectacular Amsterdam Six Bar. Riding the 9-year-old Cordynox (Cornado I x Polydor), Marcus Ehning made it into the third jump-off and cleared all the tall verticals. Henk van de Pol and Ubama (Mr. Blue x Quidam de Revel) matched their performance, while Dutch rider Doron Kuipers and Clinitissima (Clinton x Lauriston) became third.
Text © World of Showjumping by Peter van der Waaij// Photo © Leanjo de Koster/www.digishots.nl.
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