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Bosty best in World Cup battle in Madrid

Sunday, 26 November 2017
CSI5*-W Madrid 2017

Photo (c) FEI/Lukasz Kowalski. Roger Yves Bost and Sydney Une Prince won the Longines FEI World Cup in Madrid. Photo (c) FEI/Lukasz Kowalski.

This weekend the Longines FEI World Cup in the Western European League moved on to Madrid, Spain, for the sixth leg of the season. The fully packed Feria Madrid exhibition halls saw forty of the world’s best horse-and-rider combinations line up on Saturday night to battle for the valuable points and a ticket to the prestigious Paris final.

The 155,000 Euro class over a 1.60m track set by Javier Trenor included 13 obstacles and 16 efforts with a time allowed set to 74 seconds for the first round. Even though the course walked big and seemingly difficult, a total of 18 pairs cleared their way into the jump-off over a shortened, eight fence track.

The jump-off quickly turned into a race, where the top four finished only fractions apart. Roger Yves Bost (FRA) on his Olympic mount, the 11-year-old mare Sydney Une Prince (Baloubet du Rouet x Alfa D’Elle) was the fastest, taking home the win with a time of 42,23 seconds. ”I don’t know where I made the difference,” the happy winner told the press after the class. ”Maybe today I won it with my style,” he went on laughing. ”My horse is very fast in the air, but I think I did not give it my best try today – but still, we won. Sydney is exceptional, she gives me more than a 100 percent of her heart,” Bosty praised his winning ride. ”Everything she has done for me, whatever comes each day is just a plus.”

Niels Bruynseels (BEL) on the 11-year-old mare Cas de Liberte (Cracky Z x Chellano Z) took the runner-up position after clocking a time of 42,67 seconds. ”You know, when Bosty is in the lead, you have to go fast,” Niels said about his strategy for the jump-off. ”My horse and Bosty’s horse have a bit of similar stride, but I missed a few turns in the course so I knew I would not be in the lead when I crossed the finish line,” he explained. Niels has had a fantastic season and found only one reason for that – his horses. ”I think I have to thank my horses,” he said. ”They have been in great form and without them I would not be here today. I hope they will keep jumping like this for a long time.”

Another pair that has shown great form lately, Mark McAuley (IRL) on the 13-year-old gelding Miebello (Flyinge Quite Easy x Cardento), took the third spot with a time of 42,68 seconds in the jump-off. ”I am very happy, Miebello has been in great form in the past few months,” Mark said. ”He is a fantastic horse and gives his best every time. Today I thought I was quick, but I knew I left a bit of room there – and the two riders that beat me where the two that I was most worried about.”

Marcus Ehning’s (GER) 14-year-old stallion Cornado NRW (Cornet Obolensky x Acobat) made his presence known with two flawless rounds, placing fourth with a time of 42,76 seconds, while the winning pair of the first World Cup leg of the season in Oslo, Daniel Deusser (GER) on the 13-year-old gelding Cornet (Cornet Obolensky x Caletto), had to today settle for fifth spot after clocking a time of 43,19 seconds in the jump-off.

Alvaro Arrieta, the show director in Madrid, thanked their partners and sponsors after an intense night. ”We are very proud to organize another leg of the World Cup series here in Spain. We are a little bit tired, but now it is time to celebrate the real heros,” he smiled, pointing at the top placed horses and riders. 


Text © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen // Picture © FEI/Lukasz Kowalski

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