Angelica Augustsson and Mic Mac du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A) continued their super form on Sunday, winning the three star Grand Prix in Münster. The class was also the fourth leg of the DKB-Riders Tour, and a star studded field of riders lined up to compete for points and prize money. Nobody could match the Swedish rider and Bernadette Lejeune’s super hot chestnut mare though – they were simply in a class of their own in the two rounds of this Grand Prix held against the stunning backdrop of the city’s magnificent castle.
The first round track proved tricky enough, and faults spread out – but it was especially the triple combination with a vertical-oxer-vertical at 4abc that caused poles to fall, as well as the combination at 6a and b that followed a triple bar at fence 5. Whether it was the questions asked or the soaring heat that got to the horses is hard to answer, but in the end no less than twelve riders – including the likes of John Whitaker and David Will – chose to retire from the first round after experiencing faults around the track.
Ten riders were clear in the first round, and were joined by the two fastest riders on four faults in the second round. The two four faults riders both saw poles fall to the ground, while Eva Bitter – clear in the first round – also had two fences down. Lucy Davies on the other hand left all the fences intact on the lovely Barron (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve) – that continues to jump super under the American rider, this 9 year old is surely a horse for the big classes.Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking also showed a future star, the youngest horse in the class at 8 years old, Lautermann (Lauterbach x Liberty Life). The German rider took advantage of the gelding’s big stride to take the lead on the time of 44.72 seconds. The lead did not last for long though, as Katharina Offel rode a tremendous round on the Cornet Obolensky-son Charlie 179 to take over the lead on 44.09 seconds.
But, with Mic Mac du Tillard coming from behind no one can be sure of anything – and this was certainly the case today. Angelica put her super partner in top gear, got super turns and angels all the way – and with a race from the triple bar to the final oxer she crossed the finish line on the amazing time of 41.89. Although she had top riders behind her none of the five to come could catch her; Europeans-bound Carsten-Otto Nagel and his super mare Corradina II (Corrado I x Sandro) tried their best, but was still behind on 43.23 seconds. Nagel was then pushed down to third by last to go Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum on Unbelievable (Manhattan x Democraat) who really went for it - but still had to settle for second with a time of 43.21 seconds.
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