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Greve wins DKB Riders Tour kick-off in Hagen

Sunday, 08 May 2011

Willem Greve and Ukato won the first leg of DKB Riders Tour. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Dutch rider Willem Greve and Ukato won the DKB Riders Tour kick-off at the international 3* show in Hagen. The international equestrian festival Horses & Dreams meets Germany, was the first of seven stops for the international showjumping elite on the way to the title. The course in Hagen was tough, and included thirteen fences – featuring a triple combination at 6a, b and c and a combination at the last fence 13a and b.

The first clear came from start number one Ludger Beerbaum and Chaman (Baloubet du Rouet x I Love You). Ludger came straight from Valencia, where he was second in leg two of the GCT yesterday. Another rider who made the Valencia stay short, was Meredith Michaels Beerbaum – who produced a clear round on Shutterfly (Silvio I x Silbersee). Several clears followed from riders such as Albert Zoer on Sam (Calvados - Sable Rose), Michael Whitaker on GIG Amai (Nonstop x Bacara), Nisse Lüneburg on Calle Cool (Concerto II x Landgraf I). Nina Fagerström on Talent (Mermus R x Julio Mariner xx) also rode a great round and left all the fences up – but had to see one unlucky time fault added to her score. Andreas Kreuzer who now rides the Chambertin-stallion Chacco-Blue suffered the same faith as the Finnish rider – but as tenth best rider went through to the second round.

The course of the second round was reduced to eight fences, and invited to several tight turns and a long gallop to the last fence – an oxer.

Ludger Beerbaum posted the first clear in the jump-off, and put a good pressure on the other riders with his time of 44.05. The super fast duo of Meredith and Shutterfly could not catch the time, and eventually ended up as number four. The next riders all had fences down – including Michael Whitaker and Albert Zoer. Dutch rider Willem Greve on Ukato (Stakkato x Literat) was the next rider who managed to go clear, and with a time of 43.67 he sneaked into the lead ahead of Ludger. Belgian rider Jos Lansink on Caser van Spieveld (Mr. Blue x Capital) had a good time with their 43.71 seconds, but had to see a pole fall to the ground. Robert Whitaker raced around the course on his wonderful Heartbreaker-stallion USA Today, but his time of 46.66 was only good enough for third place just behind Greve and Beerbaum.

The next leg of the tour will be held in Hamburg the first weekend in June.

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