It’s was a true breakthrough for Angelica Augustsson in the Rolex FEI World Cup in Gothenburg today, when she aboard Midtown Du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A) won the prestigious class.
The class featured 39 riders, whereas 12 produced clear rounds. It was a big course, with some difficult lines – but it was the triple combination that caused most trouble for the riders. Billy Twomey, Philipp Weishaupt, Gerco Schröder and Simon Delestre were among the riders who got faults here – a shame for Delestre who rode a beautiful round on Napoli Du Ry.
The Swedish 19 year old Douglas Lindelöw was the first to ride a clear round on Talina. Lindelöw was as happy as can be, and so were the crowds. Peder Fredricsson followed Lindelöw’s example, and also crossed the finish line with a clean sheet aboard H&M Arctic Aurora Borealis. The third rider to go clear was also Swedish; the extremely stylish and well-riding Augustsson rode the quite hot Midtown Du Tillard with exceptional precision and produced yet another clear for the weekend. Julio Arias and Jarnac rode a great clear, as did Hansueli Sprunger and Kepi De Valse and Ludger Beerbaum who looked very determined on Gotha. Then followed four clear rounds from Luciana Diniz and Winningmood, Denis Lynch and Abbervail van het Dingeshof, Pius Schwizer and Carlina – who looked fabulous – and Marco Kutscher on Cornet Obolensky. The last two clears were produced by Jeroen Dubbeldam aboard BMC Van Grunsven Simon and Edwina Alexander on Ciske Van Overis.
The jump-off was reduced to seven fences, and opened for a lot of galloping. Douglas Lindelöw opened the show on Talina, but unfortunately the mare kicked out both poles at the second last double leaving them with four faults. Peder Fredricson then set of on his grey gelding, but as they raced down to the double at fence four there was a total miss and both horse and rider went through the fence and fell to the ground. Luckily both horse and rider were fine.
Angelica and Midtown Du Tillard were next to go and rode an extremely good round without any misses; riding stylish and very fast. The roof lifted as they crossed the finish line with a clear round on 33.69. Julio Arias had a fence down on Jarnac, but Hansueli Sprunger managed to leave all the fences intact and with the time of 35.93 which in the end was good enough for fourth place. Ludger followed on Gotha, but as hard as he tried he was not able to catch Angelica with his time of 34.72. Luciana Diniz totally missed at the second last fence, and nearly fell off Winningmood leaving them with a total of eight faults. Denis Lynch then had a fence down, as did Pius – both were anyhow unable to catch the leading time. Marco and Cornet Obolensky had a misunderstanding and as a result a stop at the second last oxer, while Jeroen had two fences down. Edwina and Ciske Van Overis did their best to catch Angelica, but with the time of 34.08 they had to settle for second – pushing Ludger down to third.
The sensational win created an electric atmosphere in the arena in Scandinavium, with the crowds going crazy in front of a very emotional Augustsson who could not hold her tears back.
Yesterday Ludger said that it wouldn’t be long before Augustsson would be first [she was second in the Grand Prix] and today he joked “But I honestly didn’t think it would happen this fast”. The German rider continued “It was a very special day today, and I am happy I was a part of it. It was almost impossible for me to beat her, her round was perfect.” Ludger also pointed out how special the show in Gothenburg is, and underlined that it is one of the best “if not the best” show in the world. Both organizers and crowds got praise from Beerbaum.
The winner was short for words and struggled holding her tears back, but said that “I didn’t expect this at all. I knew I was fast when I finished though, but only thought it would be enough for top three. My horse is not that experienced, this was only her second or third 1.60.” She continued explaining that she didn’t watch any of the other riders as she trotted her horse of, and Ludger added with a smile; “Hoping…”. Angelica also explained that the first time she really went against the clock was in Dortmund a couple of weeks ago, and she ended up winning the Grand Prix there as well. “My horse is a bit wild, so I have been careful going against the clock.”
Edwina was happy about her second, as the weekend was not so good for her. “I think the Swedes like me more being number two than one,” the Australian rider joked.
For full results go to http://results.scgvisual.com/2011/goteborg/r12.html
The standings in the Western European league before the last leg in Holland in a month are;
Kevin Staut – 96 points.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum – 88 points.
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson – 73 points.
Ludger Beerbaum – 66 points.
Rodrigo Pessoa – 65 points.
Billy Twomey – 63 points.
Sergio Alvares Moya – 61 points.
Philipp Weishaupt – 50 points.
Lars Nieberg – 47 points.
Christian Ahlmann – 46 points.
Malin Baryard-Johnsson – 44 points.
Harrie Smolders, Edwina Alexander and Pius Schwizer – 43 points.
Simon Delestre – 42 points.
Marcus Ehning – 41 points.
Marco Kutscher – 40 points.
Jeroen Dubbeldam – 38 points.
Michael Whitaker and Lucian Diniz – 37 points.
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