Hans-Dieter Dreher with Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) won the 4* Grand Prix in Braunschweig after an exciting jump-off. It was a difficult first round over 15 fences with one triple bar - oxer combination and one triple combination, and no time to breathe between the fences. The first element of the triple combination caused the most faults, but surprisingly no one had the last fence down which was the biggest fence of them all.
Ten riders qualified for the jump-off that went over seven fences and one of them was the triple bar - oxer combination. Luiz Francisco De Azevedo with Special (Clinton) was first to go and started off really good and fast, but two poles fell in the end of the course. Then it was time for Marc Houtzager with Sterrehof´s Voltaire (Now or Never x Accord). Voltaire who jumped the first round amazing started off by having the first pole down and then two more poles fell on their way through the course.
The poles kept falling and Alexandra Fricker with Albführen´s Memphis (Quinar x Carthago) also had the first fence down as well as the first element of the combination.
When Hans-Dieter Dreher and Embassy II (Escudo I x Silvio I) entered the course Luiz Francisco was still in the lead with his eight faults, but Dreher changed that with a fast and clear round. Sören Pedersen with Tailormade Esperanza de Rebel (Rebel Z x Corofino I) went for a safe clear round and managed almost just that - he got one time fault.
Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking with Chopin (TNT Chellano Z)who took home the fourth place in the Grand Prix of Dortmund last weekend had to settle with the fifth place today as he got four faults. Jur Vrieling gave VDL Bubalu (Baloubet du Rouet x Nimmerdor) an easy weekend in Braunschweig with just one class before the Grand Prix - the first qualification for the Medium Tour on Thursday. And that seemed to be a perfect plan as Jur and Bubalu ended up second, just fractions after Dreher.
Two left to go and first of them was Ali bin Khaled Al Thani with Cantaro (Corrado x Libero). Those two didn´t go for the win, but did a very safe and nice round and took over the third place. Last to go was the Germany based Italian rider Emanuele Gaudiano with Cocoshynsky (Cornet Obolensky x Popcorn). Emanuele has been in a fantastic form lately, but today two poles fell to the ground.
"This is one of my biggest win ever," said a very happy Hans-Dieter Dreher after the class to the German Television NDR. "Embassy is an amazing horse that really fights and is very careful. But I must admit that I was a bit shaky when I watched the rest of the riders in the jump-off and I was a bit scared when I looked at Jur and Emanuel, but it worked out today."
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