After a spectacular fast round it was Denis Lynch and the bouncy chestnut Night Train (Calvaro Z x Papillon Rouge) who went to the top in the 1.40 Notenstein Challenge. The class consisted of 15 of the world’s best rider, who competed against eleven younger riders from Switzerland. Janika Sprunger opened the class with a popular clear on Jl’s Komparse (Kolibri x Kronenkranich) – it was fast also and the clock stopped on 54.96.
Marcus Ehning rode a lovely clear on his new ride Copin van de Broy (Darco x Brownboy); a horse that fits him like a hand in a glove. Simon Delestre took over the lead on Quiness du Mezel (Elan dela Cour) when he really tightened the turn from the oxer at three to the vertical at four crossing the finish line on 54.50. Christian Ahlmann was also clear, but went for a steady version.
Next to go Denis Lynch was in a winning mood, and set up the tempo from the start – raced around the eleven fence track, which included a flying jump over the oxer at eight. The time was great; 52.91. Denis took the lead, and stayed there. Pius Schwizer could have stolen it though, but unfortunately had a fence down on Onaia des Biards when the last vertical fell when jumped in high speed and at an angel – of course to much disappointment from the home crowds. Edwina Tops- Alexander rode her new horse Erenice Horta (Diamant de Semilly x Parco) clear around the course; the mare that shows great promise for the future.
The young riders did some great rounds as well; and Jessica Kürten was expert commentator giving her thoughts after each rider’s round. Martin Fuchs was the best of the youngsters and ended fifth.
On his win Denis said: "If Night Train is clear he usually wins. It was a big class with big prize money, so it was great to win!" On the question of whether any young riders stood out Denis said: "I didn't watch all of them, but I was very pleased with my rider [Flaminia Straumann who trains with Denis]!"
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