Images from the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch - part one
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
His smile says it all; the winner Kevin Staut was very happy with his mare Silvana HDC after she cleared the first round. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.
Ireland's only 18 year old Bertram Allen rode a first round that could have blown your socks off on Molly Malone, and was of course very happy about being clear!Runner-up Marco Kutscher measuring the distance from the oxer at fence three to the vertical at fence four.
And here Ludger Beerbaum.
Christian Ahlmann rode so well on Aragon Z, without any faults on the fences but the gelding stopped up by the in-gate and went up on two legs causing a quite heart stopping moment for those that watched.
Janika Sprunger in action on Aris CMS who she had three down on.
This wall and the line it was placed on caused quite a few problems for the horses and riders, but Jessica Kürten who can be seen in the background cleared in on VDL Zapatero.
A happy Joe Clee continues to impress and was clear on Diablesse de Muze in the first round, ending fourth.
Jos Lansink and Ensor de Litran clears the final oxer - and secures a spot in the money with a fast four fault round.
While Jur Vrieling and Zirocco Blue VDL were not that lucky. They were the first four faulters that didn't get a prize.
The same went for Katharina Offel who continues to impress on Lacontino - a light rub on the front pole on the oxer at three caused it to fall and she was right behind Jur on the result list.
Marco Kutscher rode two fantastic rounds on Cornet's Cristallo, and in the jump-off he was as close as close can be to Kevin Staut as the two were separated by 0.01 seconds.
Pius Schwizer was the most unlucky man of the day as the strap between the rein and the bit snapped forcing the Swiss rider to withdraw Toulago.16643