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Beezie Madden and Cortes “C” was the fastest one of the two triple clears in the third last leg in the Global Champions Tour in Valkenswaard Saturday. Second was Denis Lynch on Lantinus, who was just fractions behind Madden in the jump-off. 49 riders participated in the first round. It should have been 50 of them, but Eric Lamaze and Hickstead didn´t come to start due to the heavy rain. Hickstead has not been out and about since Aachen, and many looked forward to see the stallion.
Twelve of the 49 riders managed to ride clear rounds, and qualified for the second round together with three riders with one time fault and the three fastest four faulters. Only six of the riders cleared the second round, but only four were double clear and went further on to the jump-off.
First out in the jump-off was the home rider Jur Vrieling with VDL Bubalu. Jur rode a fast round, but got four faults as the second last fence fell to the ground. Next to go was Edwina Alexander on Cevo Itot du Chateau. After a misunderstanding between Edwina and her little chestnut gelding on one of the big oxers, the Australian rider could hardly stay in the saddle and had to make a turn to manage the next fence which resulted in a total of eight faults. Denis Lynch and Lantinus did a fast clear round around the track, but Beezie Madden who was last to go managed to shave off time to take the first prize.
Marcus Ehning and Plot Blue just missed the jump-off after getting a time fault in the second round, but it was still good enough for fifth place. Athina Onassis de Miranda with AD Crosshill ended up as number six. Athina produced two great rounds and was clear on all the fences, but had one time fault in the first round and two in the second round.
Beezie Madden said her victory came as a surprise as she was riding her new horse Cortes. Speaking after her thrilling win in 38.38, the star American rider said: “It is a new horse for me. I have had him for several months and this was only my second Grand Prix with him, so I am a little shocked but very happy.” Asked about runner-up Denis Lynch’s speedy clear round ahead of her Beezie said: “I saw him go and tried to match his round. I made up a stride at one of the fences and was a bit quicker to fence nine, so that is what made him do it.”
Denis Lynch, closely behind Beezie on 38.92, said: “I was very happy with the way Lantinus jumped. It was a really good course today and it is amazing how the ground put up with the conditions we jumped.” When asked whether the frequent and often heavy rain affected the performance of horses and riders Denis quipped: “Not me, I come from Ireland and it rains quite a lot there!”
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