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Delestre delivers in the Championat of Leipzig

Saturday, 21 January 2017
CSI5*-W Leipzig 2017

Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping. Simon Delestre and Chadino won the Championat of Leipzig. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.

Saturday's main class at the CSI5*-W event in Leipzig, the Championat of Leipzig, went to Simon Delestre (FRA) on the 12-year-old Chadino (Chacco Blue x Narew XX) with a time of 41,14 seconds in the jump-off.

Out of the 45 starters in this 1.50m class, 13 pairs were clear in the first round and made it to the jump-off. Scott Brash (GBR) on the 10-year-old Hello M'Lord (Krake Ask x Crelido) with a time of 41,31 seconds in the jump-off took the second place ahead of Andreas Kreuzer (GER) with the 11-year-old Quick Jumper (Quidam's Rubin x Escudo I) who clocked a time of 41,57 seconds.

Bertram Allen (IRL) on the 13-year-old Molly Malone V (Kannan x Cavalier) clocked the exact same time as the winner – 41,14 seconds – however, saw a pole fall and ended up in eighth place. Pieter Devos (BEL) continued to show good form and took the fourth place on the 12-year-old Apart (Larino x Burggraaf), while the fairly new combination Alberto Zorzi (ITA) and the 11-year-old Cornetto K (Cornet Obolensky x Calido) took the fifth place with a time of 44,26 seconds. 

"I have only been riding Chadino for a few months. He has been good all the time, and has delivered great results. I am very happy with him – I was not really expecting him to be as fast as he has turned out to be," Delestre said about his winning ride after the class.

Second placed Brash praised the amazing atmosphere in Leipzig, and thought the course builder did a good job: "There were long runs and short turns in the jump-off, so you had to have a very ridable horse – the course tested everything. The horses need every aspect these days to be able to win classes like this."

Third placed Kreuzer would not have minded winning on home soil: "I would be lying if I said it doesn't annoy me at all that these two were faster than me today, but the happiness I feel about being able to be here and actually put up a fight with them over-weighs the disappointment." 

Earlier in the morning Kevin Staut (FRA) and the 8-year-old Vendome d'Anchat (Diamant de Semilly x Allegreto) kept dominating in the KASK Youngster Cup. After winning the first qualifier, a 1.40m class yesterday, the pair took the first place in the second qualifier as well, another 1.40m class, with a time of 61,25 seconds. Guido Klatte (GER) on the 8-year-old Corisanto (Cornet's Prinz x Couleur Rubin) took the second place with a time of 61,63 seconds and the third place went to David Will (GER) on the 8-year-old Casco (Caspar x Colman) with a time of 61,69 seconds. 

 


Text and picture © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen

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