Images from the Longines FEI World Cup in Gothenburg
Monday, 03 March 2014
A very happy Ludo Philippaerts is a ringside witness to his son Nicola's amazing performance in Gothenburg. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Malin Baryard-Johnsson on H&M Tornesch had all odds against her yesterday, but still ended fourth. In the first round the audience started to celebrate a clear round before the Swedish rider was done jumping the course, and then the music started to play after the penultimate fence. Then in the jump-off Tornesch stumbled, and almost fell after the second last fence - loosing valuable time that might have cost Malin a place in the World Cup Final. Edwina Tops-Alexander did a great round on the big-jumping Ego van Orti, but crossed the finish line after the time allowed to get one time penalty.Jur Vrieling and VDL Bubalu jumped a super first clear, but had one down in the jump-off to end ninth.Geir Gulliksen also did a fantastic job on Edesa S Banjan to go clear in the first round, unfortunately a pole fell in the jump-off when 'Jimmy' came a little too close to an oxer and he had to settle for 10th.What a weekend for Sweden's super talented Douglas Lindelöw. First he was fifth in the Grand Prix riding Talina and then he ended fifth in the World Cup on Casello displaying some brilliant riding skills.VDL Groep Sapphire jumped beautiful in both rounds and ended third with Maikel van der Vleuten in the saddle.Quidam du Vivier has only been competed by Pius Schwizer since the beginning of this year, but already this weekend he jumped a clear round in the World Cup in Gothenburg. After one down in the jump-off this relatively new pair ended eight.The Netherland's Wout-Jan van der Schans did an amazing job and produced two double clears on Capetown, ending 6th.Niklas Jonsson really used his chance when he got to ride in Gothenburg. First he easily qualified for the World Cup, and then he went double clear there and ended seventh. Here his horse Caral is getting a well deserved hug after the jump-off.And finally; the winner! Nicola Philippaerts - only 20 years old - did two impressive rounds on the powerful Donatella-N to win the class ahead of Marcus Ehning and Maikel van der Vleuten, also qualifying for the final in Lyon!