The Gaston Glock's Grand Prix of Graz went to Poland’s Michal Kazmierczak riding Stakorado (Stakkato Gold x Acorado). A total of 44 riders had qualified for the 1.55 competition, and had to tackle a test of thirteen fences and sixteen jumps – all inspired by Glock. Eight pairs went clear over the first round track to move on to the jump-off.
Against the clock Michal Kazmierczak took on the challenge, and from the first to the last fence he left the ten year old Hanoverian gelding fresh galloping forward, always taking the first distance – taking the lead with 55.41 seconds which lasted all the way to the end. "It was a great tournament with perfect conditions. The ground was ideal and the horses jumped great every day. I am very happy with the win in this unique competition," said Michal Kazmierczak after his win.
Italy's Fabio Brotto settled for second on his experienced 15 year old Oldenburg mare R Gitana (Looping x Grandeur), with a time of 60.28 seconds. Third place went to Victor Bettendorf from Luxembourg on Sorbier Blanc (Jericho Pierreville x Voltaire) – also he double clear and with a time of 60.77 in the jump-off.
Source: Press release from Reitsportnews / EBG Marketing GmbH
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