Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum took home the biggest win at the CSI3* show in Münster on Saturday. Aboard the scopey Swedish bred Malou (Maloubet de Pleville x Visa Carthago Z) Meredith made sure she was the fastest as last to go in the jump-off, and securing the first prize of 7500 Euro – pushing Robert Whitaker down from his leading position down to second.
No less than fifteen riders had to enter and leave the ring in Münster – which is situated in front of the city’s beautiful castle – before the first clear came. The Germans made sure that their precense was noticed; out of the seven clear rounds, five came from home riders. The track was tricky enough, and most head ache was caused by the oxer-vertical-vertical triple combination towards the end of the course where several top riders came in trouble.
Two home riders opened the jump-off with clear rounds; Denise Sulz and Jan Wernke. Then it was turn for Robert Whitaker on Catwalk 14 (Colman x Corleone), and with a perfect turn and angel to the penultimate vertical and a race to the last he took the lead on 35.92 seconds. Then followed Gert-Jan Bruggink who slotted into second on Primeval Dejavu (Heartbreaker x Ramiro) at 36.57 seconds after a brilliant and fast round. David Will had one fence down, while Patrick Stühlmeyer made it another clear for Germany. Coming in as last to go, Meredith took advantage and used Malou’s big gallop to cover ground – and cut off 0.58 seconds on Robert’s time, taking the win.
Earlier in the day it was a tied race in the 1.45 class as both Clarissa Crotta and John Whitaker ended up with the exact same time in the second phase of the class. Riding Celly Negra (Contendro x Graf Top) and Maximillian (Carnute x Sioux de Baugy) respectively, the two riders both managed to stop the clock at 35.04 seconds. Third went to Janne-Friederike Meyer on Grace (Armitage 2) with a time of 36.07 seconds.
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