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Quotes after the Grand Prix of Mannheim: “The jump-off was one of the best, if not the best, I ever rode on Chiara!"

Sunday, 19 July 2015
CSIO5* Mannheim 2015

The top three in the Grand Prix of Mannheim! Photo (c) World of Showjumping.
The top three in the Grand Prix of Mannheim! Photo (c) World of Showjumping.

The winner Ludger Beerbaum: “First I would like to thank the organisers of this show, who made a special CSIO5* edition this year celebrating the 100th Nations Cup in Germany. I would also like to thank the city of Mannheim for their support of this event. As to my own performance today, I think I chose the right pants this morning. I was lucky from A to Z, first that I had a draw towards the end - then I was very lucky in the first round that I did not have to deal with the extreme rain that came - neither during my warm-up nor round - like some of my colleagues. Then in the first round, I was also a bit lucky - if I am realistic it was not really the best round. I was also lucky to be in towards the end of the jump-off, I could watch Beezie and that really gave me the last kick and adrenaline to go for it. The jump-off was one of the best, if not the best, I ever rode on Chiara! I am very happy!"

Runner-up Beezie Madden: “I would like to thank the management here, and the sponsors as well. The atmosphere was fantastic, and the footing was like it never rained already! I was really considering should I go, or should I not go - but then after the break the class started again I realised it was going to dry up in five-ten minutes. So I went in, and it felt fantastic - the crowd was super. I was so happy with my horse, he jumped three clear rounds yesterday and came back today and was fantastic again. I think the first round was quite good, in my jump-off I left the door open for sure on the turn back to the double. I also had to hold up a couple of other places, and it just did not come up the way I wanted - but I could not have asked for more of my horse. Hats off to Ludger he was super - and I am so glad I came here!”

Third placed Katharina Offel: “I am unbelievably happy today! Zipper is a new horse for me, it is our first really big Grand Prix - and only our third show together. Double clear, amazing feeling - at one of my favourite shows. It was not all that sure that I could ride here, when it became clear we would have no team here I directly called if I kindly could have an individual invitation as I have been a frequent visitor here - and luckily I received it. And now I can sit here between riders of the calibre of Ludger and Beezie, and I have to say I feel really proud about that!"

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