It was Gudrun Patteet and Sea Coast Atlantic that took home the gold at the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championship for 7 year old horses in Lanaken. Sea Coast Atlantic is by Schilling x Aramis de la Cense and bred by Marc Vanlangendonck.
"I bought him one year ago and have always believed in him. A lot of people have really not liked him that much, as he isn't that pretty and since he isn't so sporty in the model. But he has a huge heart, he is brave and has the best technique that a horse can have," Gudrun said moved to tears at the press conference.
For the seven year olds it was the triple combination that was the big question asked in the final track, and most of all the b-element that was an oxer. In the end it was just seven horses, out of 39, that came back for the jump-off. The first riders all got faults in the jump-off, and it was not until Jos Lansink entered the ring with Bacardi VDL (Corland x Kannan) that a clear. came. Jos took his time around the course, but as one of only two clear rounds it was good enough for the podium and the silver medal.
"It was a tough course and you needed a scopey horse. The time allowed was also short," Jos said about the class. Jos explained that he spotted Bacardi VDL as a five year old and that he wanted to buy him; "But he wasn't for sale and instead I got the ride on him. He has a lot of quality and I will bring him up very slowly. Bacardi is a horse for the future!"
Rodrigo Pessoa rode a fast round with GC Atlanta Z (Andiamo Z x Heartbreaker), bred by Alois van Gorp, and was the quickest four falter to win the bronze medal.
GC Atlanta was bought a year ago at the auction in Lümmen, and was really successful in Florida in the beginning of the year. "She won a lot without me pushing her, she is natural a very fast horse. Here she was fourth the first day and sixth the second day and she is just comfortable going fast," Rodrigo explained. "But she is a typical chestnut mare! She wants to go her own way and sometimes we let her, but now and then we have to remind her that we are still in charge".
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