Saturday's CSI 3* Grand Prix in Leipzig was won by Denis Lynch and All Inclusive NRW. Lynch made up for his disappointing world cup adventure, by taking home 20 000 Euro. The course consisted of 13 fences and included a triple combination at 6a, b and c and then a double at 9a and b. It was a very technical course, which proved to be a challenge for most of the riders.
McLain Ward and Rothchild (by Artos) were the first to make a clear round at start number five. The course created a lot of trouble though and the crew working on the course had their hands full collecting the poles that fell around the entire course. It wasn’t until start number 24 the next clear came with Luciana Diniz and a very well jumping Lennox (Lifestyle x Grammus). Pablo Barrios and G&C Sinatra (Epilot x Libero) also had a good clear round, and Denis Lynch on All Inclusive NRW (Arpeggio x Phantom) joined in on the clear rounders. Philippe Rozier rode a fantastic round on Randgraaf (Burggraaf x Renville) and secured a place in the jump-off, as did Billy Twomey and the Heartbreaker-stallion Romanov who had a good round as well. Kevin Staut solved the technical challenges aboard Zeta de Hus (Zandor Z x Atlantus Z) to cross the finish line on a clean sheet.
The jump-off was opened by Mc Lain Ward who put the pressure on the other riders with a fast clear round on 38.37 seconds. Luciana Diniz couldn’t catch the American rider with her time of 40.55, and neither could Pablo Barrios who produced a nice and steady clear round on 41.28. Denis Lynch was next to go on All Inclusive NRW; he set off in a good pace and shaved 0.27 seconds of Ward’s leading time with his 38.10. The speed machine Philippe Rozier could not catch the top two either with his time of 39.72 aboard Randgraaf. Lynch’s fellow compatriot Billy Twomey did what he couldon Romanov, but had to settle for second place behind Lynch with his 38.24. Kevin Staut was last to go on Zeta de Hus, but the pair was only good enough for fourth on 38.57.
For full results go to http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/546/sta_erg/09_ergENG.htm?style=engarde_leipzig
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