Today it was time for the Grand Prix in Nörten-Hardenberg. Course-builder Frank Rothenberger presented a course that was a little easier than yesterdays, and the faults were evenly spread around the course. Some faults came on the fifth fence, an oxer placed straight ahead to the corner were the photographers stood. For sensible horses it can’t be easy to have 20 lenses pointed at them.
The first rider to clear the course was Alexandra Fricker from Switzerland on her really well jumping Albführens Memphis. After Fricker, nine other clear rounds followed among the forty-one starters.
Albführens Mempis kept on jumping like a schoolbook example in the jump-off. Alexandra road a nice and safe clear and didn´t go for the win. After her, the first Swede of the jump-off entered the arena – Henrik von Eckermann with L.B. Paola. Paola jumped like she was made of rubber and the couple really put some pressure on their competitors with the time 40.82 seconds.
Andreas Knippling from Germany on Neolisto van het Mierenhof had to see the second pole fall to the ground, and after a short turn to the second last fence they got a refusal and another four faults to put into count. Next rider was also from Germany and it was Toni Hassmann on ECL Lunatic. Toni unfortunately had the first fence down and the win was already lost for the two.
The Mexican rider who was the first clear in yesterday class was the next one to go in the jump-off. Alberto Michan with the well-jumping mare Rosalia La Silla got the first element of the combination down. Angelica Augustsson from Sweden on her difficult ride Mic Mac du Tillard was next in line. She almost crossed the starting line too late, but then the pair took off. It is amazing that the mare can jump so well from such a speed. Most of the audience was holding their breath, but Angelica left the course with a big smile on her face. And why not – she crossed the finish-line with 38.72 seconds. Angelica told WoSJ afterwards that the mare was easier to ride than usual, so that’s why she could ride so fast in the jump-off.
Lars Nieberg on his own breed gelding Galippo really went for it, but he had no chance to match the time from the two Swedes in the lead. Vincent Voorn, with the really special looking Audi´s Alpapillon-Armanie, chose to go for safety and with that he got that a clear round.
Christian Ahlmann on Codex One, the winning couple from yesterday, was next to go. The stallion proved himself this weekend, and even though Christian told WoSJ that Codex One felt a bit tired today the stallion for sure did it all in the jump-off and surprised Christian once again. The time ended at 39.10, which was good enough for second place.
Janne-Friederike Meyer on Holiday by Solitour was last to go and the hearts of the audience stopped at some fences, but only one pole fell. If you haven´t seen this horse, keep an eye on him. We probably will see him on the really big shows in the future.
This was the Grand Prix the Golden Wipe, and Angelica who won the class got just that – a golden wipe. Mic Mac wasn’t that happy with that, but after running around for a while she stood still for some seconds so the photographers could take their pictures.
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