The Grand Prix of the CSI4 * show in Braunschweig, Germany, gave the riders a hard course to solve. Out of the first fifteen riders three managed to ride clear rounds around the difficult course; these were Eric van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Utascha ( Lux Z - Indoctro), Philipp Weishaupt on Monte Bellini (Montender-Ramiro) and Jörg Oppermann with the fighting stallion Che Guevara (Concept-Rebel Z).
After the break, right in time for the broadcasting on German television, the triple combination really started to cause prolems. One horse after another refused to jump through, and the horses that did had several poles down. The triple combination consisted of one vertical and two oxers, with two big strides between the two oxers and then three short strides on a line to a following vertical.
Nina Braaten from Norway on Blue Loyd (Landor-Hadj A) was the first to ride a clear round after the break. She was soon to be followed by Marcus Ehning and Sabrina (Sandro Boy-Landadel). After these to riders the clear rounds started to turn up, and the English rider Daniel Nielson with Milena (Caretino-Le Grand), the Irish rider Denis Lynch on Abbervail van het Dingeshof (Non Stop-Jus de Pomme), the Swede Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on Quintero La Silla (Quantum-Chamonix), and the German riders Marco Kutscher and Ludger Beerbaum on Allerdings (Arpeggio-Diamantino) and Gotha (Goldfever-Prestige Pilot) entered the end of the course without any faults. Out of the 41 riders in the class a total of thirteen riders resigned from the first round, and eight riders got more than eight faults.
The jump-off started off with van der Vleuten, Weishaupt and Opperman who all had one fence down. Braaten then rode a beautiful, but slow, clear round - followed by Ehning who made a typical Ehning-round; it didn´t look that fast, but when you look at the clock you realized that it actually was. The only one who managed to beat Ehning's time was the winning couple from yesterday – Marco Kutscher and Allerdings. Bengtsson ended up in third position, and Nielson made a clear jump-off and ended up fourth ahead of Braaten. Both Lynch and Beerbaum went for it, but a pole fell on their way around the course.
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