Against a strong field of riders it was Germany’s own Hans-Thorben Rüder that won the CSI3* 1.555 Grand Prix in Kiel on Sunday. “I was pretty young the last time I won the Grand Prix here. Since then I have grown a few grey hairs, and learned that it is not so often that you win big classes such as this,” the 41-year-old rider laughed.
The victory came aboard the experienced 16-year-old mare Orlanda (Julio Mariner xx x Caretino), in a jump-off that counted no less than sixteen riders. It of course became a race against the clock, where Rüder was the fastest stopping the clock at 32.53 seconds much to the joy of the home crowds, as well as family and friends that has met up as support for the day.
Second and third place went to Scandinavia, courtesy of Douglas Lindelöw from Sweden on Talina (Matterhorn) and Sören Pedersen from Denmark on Tailormade Chaloubet (Chacco-Blue x Baloubet du Rouet).
Source: Press release from Baltic Horse Show
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