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Marco wins the 5*GP in Oslo

Friday, 15 October 2010

Today’s Grand Prix at Oslo Horse Show-5* showed good sport, when 15 out of the 46 riders rode clear rounds.

The course builder Terje Olsen Nalum set up a course that was relatively open with stretches left open for galloping, and said himself it was easier than what tomorrow’s world cup course will be. The course started out easy, but was more difficult towards the end when a triple combination finished the course. The course designer guessed that 8-10 riders would be clear. Marco Kutcher wins the Grand Prix in Oslo. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Nina Fagerström set the standard as the first to go with a clear round on Talent. The home crowd went crazy when three Norwegian riders were clear – Stein Endresen and the stallion Crelido, Nina Braaten on Blue Loyd 12 and Geir Gulliksen on the eight year old Luidam-mare Luikka.

It was a good day for the Beerbaum/Kutscher stable as well, when Philipp Weishaupt/Catoki, Henrik von Eckermann/Frodo and Marco Kutcher/Cash all crossed the finish line on a clean sheet. Ludger Beerbaum was the only one out of the four riders to have a fence down on Coupe de Coeur.

Albert Zoer rode a great clear round on Uraguay, and Malin Baryard-Johnsson did the same on a very careful H&M Reveur De Hurtebise. Edwina Alexander, Leon Thijssen, Pius Schwizer, Lars Nieberg, Daniel Deusser and William Funnel all followed with clear rounds.

Nina Fagerström and Talent had one fence down in the jump-off, and Norway’s Stein Endresen did the same. Phillip Weishaupt and Catoki rode a fantastic fast clear round, and finished on 43.74 to take the lead. Neither Albert Zoer, Nina Braaten or Malin Baryard-Johnsson – the latter riding a beautiful round – could catch him. His colleague Henrik von Eckermann also had to see himself beaten, when he had the huge white double – nr. 11 – down. Edwina Alexander had the last fence down, but Marco Kutscher went all the way to take the lead on 42.17 with a beautiful clear round together with Cash! Leon Thijssen went for it, but couldn’t catch Cash – he had a good time though 42.85. Pius Schwizer rode a good clear round on the relatively inexperienced 8 year old Calidus van het Asbornveld, and the time was 44.17. None of the other riders could get Kutscher and Cash. We are sure this was a small comfort for Kutscher after not being able to participate in Kentucky due to a minor injury on Cash.

1. Marco Kutscher – Cash 0-0 42.17

2. Leon Thijssen – Tyson 0-0 42.85

3. Philipp Weishaupt – Catoki 0-0 43.74

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