Christian Heineking (GER) proved he was the only one who could answer Leopoldo Palacios' questions in the $41,000 LEG Anniversary Grand Prix at the National Preview (Oct 30-Nov 3)—and he did it twice. Christian started the class with a bang aboard NKH Selena (NKH LLC, owner) and made the course look easy with a clear round within the time allowed. "I honestly just tried to ride my very best and my horses really jumped well," Christina commented. "I knew the time allowed was probably going to be a little short, but Selena is usually a very careful and fast horse. I can keep her going the whole course and she usually stays within the time allowed."
Though Christian made it look easy, the course quickly proved to be anything but for the other horse and rider combinations. Riders had to contend with the tight time allowed of 81 seconds, and many of them earned time faults even if they were clear on the course. In order to be within the time allowed, riders had to take tight tracks and make difficult rollbacks. This caused several rails, which fell often in two of the triple combinations and at fence four, which was a liverpool off of a tight rollback.
No one was able to catch Christian, who had the only other zero-fault round on his second mount, River of Dreams (Caroline Jahr, owner). "Selena and River of Dreams are my two top horses right now," Christian elaborated. "Selena has been very successful all season and I think this was her eighth grand prix win this season. She's only eight so she's still a very young horse and I'm very happy to have her."
Though both horses were eligible for the jump off, Christian decided to rest his horses instead. "We have two more big weeks in front of us and it just wouldn't be the right thing to run the horses at the end of the day when we didn't have to," Christian explained. Christian had the win on NKH Selena and claimed the red ribbon with River of Dreams. Peter Petschenig and his Saint Quentin placed third with two time faults and no jumping faults.
Source: Press release from Leg up news.
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