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Steve Guerdat: “You needed not only a good jump-off but also a natural fast horse to catch me”

Monday, 02 March 2015
Longines FEI World Cup Western European League 2014/2015

 A moved Steve Guerdat at the price giving. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
A moved Steve Guerdat at the prize giving. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

The winner Steve Guerdat on his jump-off: “I don’t think I could have been faster, but when you wait you always think that this one and that one is going to be faster. So it was a long time watching the others waiting to see if they could catch my time, but I think it was quite fast and you needed not only a good jump-off but also a natural fast horse to catch me.”

Guerdat on course designer Santiago Varela: “When you end the show with a win everybody can say it was good courses, but he knows that I really appreciate him and he is one of the best course designers that we have. He never goes against the horses, and I think you have a great talent where you design a course where you can have fences down but where rider and horse can enjoy what they do.”

Steve on his partner Albführen’s Paille: “I was really lucky ten months ago when Albführen stables decided to bring three horses to my stables, and Paille was one of them. She was already successful with a Swiss girl before, Alexandra Fricker. It took a little while to get to know each other, but since the start of the indoor season she has been really good and most of the Grand Prix classes she jumped she was clear or double clear – but until today we never won together so this is our first big win and I am happy it was here.”

Steve on the World Cup Final: “I will go to Las Vegas for sure, but with which horse I don’t know yet but my first choice would be Paille. She has been very good, and I would like to give a rest from a championship for Nino so he doesn’t need to go again and jump to his limit. On the other hand when I get closer to the final, I want to see how he feels and how his form is – Concetto Son is also qualified and is another option, but for the experience for him and not to win. I will see how the horses feel, normally Paille will go and if not it would be Nino.”

Guerdat on his number of watches: “It’s nice to win the watches, it makes everybody around me very happy – I think my grooms and my family all are wearing a Rolex or a Longines!”

Rolf-Göran Bengtsson said this about being runner-up: “I am very happy, my horse jumped good again and has been in very consistent form for a long time. I am really proud to have a horse like that. Of course I am somewhere in there a little disappointed that I could not win for the home crowd here today, and it was that close – but that is the sport and I think it was a very good jump-off. Everybody tried hard, and it was a close race in the top and Steve’s horse had its nose a little bit over the line before me today.”

Third placed Marco Kutscher said this: “First of all I have to say that I am very happy to sit here today, as my show was not good at all until now. I did not have one placing, I think six times I had one down. I was also very lucky in the first round, my horse touched a few fences – but in the end I stayed clear. I planned my start in the jump-off a bit different than I did it in the end, I wanted to do one less from one to two – but in the end I changed my mind half way. So everything was a bit hectic, and he was stumbling after the third fence – so I am very happy to sit here today.”

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