The world of showjumping most certainly is at a top level these days. The horses and the riders competing at the Gucci Masters in Paris this weekend have shown us amazing riding and wonderful horses.
In the Grand Prix class today Marco Kutscher and Cash (Carthago x Lavall II) made it all the way with a spectacular jump-off. Kutscher was the last one out and beat Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z (Galoubet A x Polydor) with only 0,06 sekunds. In other words the German team once again dominated. Out of eleven riders in the jump-off four of them represented Germany. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Checkmate had the best time of them all, but with one fence down they ended up 9th with Ludger Beerbaum and Gotha at 10th place.
The French team followed up the Germans with three riders in the jump-off . The very talented rider Simon Delestre was their best one at a 3rd place, 0,23 seconds behind Kutscher. Delestre has shown several good rounds the last couple of months. Today he rode the nine year old gelding, Napoli du Ry (Baloubet du Rouet x Silvio I). Last weekend Delestre came in second at the Audi Grand Prix in Brussels at another relatively young horse – the ten year old, Coulette after Couleur Rubin.
There have been other younger horses showing off in Paris as well. In the Gucci by Gucci Challenge yesterday Marcus Ehning had two well ridden rounds at the eight year old, Jewel’s Carat (Quasimodo Vd Molendreef x Caletto II) that without a doubt is a horse for the future. The same must be said about Judy-Ann Melchior’s Carry Z (Caretano Z x Carthago Z), who jumped brilliantly.
Jessica Kürten also had two good rounds yesterday at the eleven year old stallion, VDL Harley (Heartbreaker x Carthago). This was also a wonderful horse to look at and Kürten looked very happy with the horse even though it had four faults in the jump-off.
All in all this has been a weekend of outstanding riding. And we have to mention that once again Irish rider Billy Twomey was placed in the top with a 5th place in the Grand Prix together with Tinka’s Serenade – showing everyone that he truly deserves a place among the top ten riders at the Rolex ranking. The jump-off today was a great performance but as the first rider out in the jump-off, the job was almost impossible considering to all the fast riders with a later start.
The talented French rider Pénélope Leprevost also had a great weekend with the Carthago-son Mylord Carthago.The two came in 2nd yesterday only beaten by Rolf Göran Bengtsson, after a quick jump-off. At the Grand Prix today they ended up 11th, - once again with a fast round but this time with four faults.
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