Pius Schiwzer and Carlina (Carvallo x Landgraf) did it again; they won the Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier in Helsinki and repeated their success from Oslo last weekend. At the same time the Swiss rider joined Christian Ahlmann and Daniel Etter in the history books; last year Ahlmann won in Oslo and Helsinki – just like Etter had done in 2009. The magic connection between Oslo and Helsinki continued today with Schwizer.
Nine riders proceeded on to the jump-off after a first round that saw no less than fourteen riders ending up with a score of four penalties around the twelve fence-track that included a triple combination at 7a, b and c and a combination at 11a and b. Pius was third to go in the jump-off after Ludo Phillipaerts and Iris Murray both had faults. The Swiss rider set a good amount of pressure on the other riders, but was not taking too many chances; a clear and speedy round on Carlina gave him the lead at 37.58 seconds. The other riders needed to be fast and accurate to beat Pius.
Billy Twomey had one down on the KWPN-stallion Romanov (Heartbreaker x Fedor), while home rider Nina Fagerström pleased her Finnish fans by riding a competitive clear round on Stephex Stable’s Talent (Mermus x Julio Marner) to go into second behind Pius. Maikel van der Vleuten was next to go on VDL Groep Verdi (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I), and the Dutch rider shaved off over two seconds on Nina’s time pushing her down to third.
Then came yesterday’s Grand Prix winner Patrice Delaveau on the impressive SF-mare Ornella Mail (Lando x Alligator Fontaine). The pair had a tremendously fast round, but a touch at the front pole on the last oxer meant they had to settle for fifth with the fastest time of the day – 35.14! Daniel Deusser followed on Untouchable 27 (Hors la Loi II x Heartbreaker) and was also faster than Pius, but also he had to see a pole fall to the ground.
Malin Baryard-Johnsson was last to go in the jump-off. On H&M Reveur de Hurtebise (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Capricieux des six Censes) she almost fell off at the combination - loosing both stirrups - but still managed to give the other riders a good run for the money ending up with a time of 40.62; pushing herself into third behind Pius and Maikel – and Nina down to fourth. It was a miracle that Malin managed to regain her position!
Not only did Pius top the World Cup qualifier; he also won a 1.40 speed class on Ulysse (Nonstop x Jus de Pomme) – cashing in 12 000 Euro in addition to the 35 000 Euro he won later in the evening. The two past weeks have definitely paid off for Herrn Schwizer!
Top Five in Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier in Helsinki
1. Pius Schwizer/Carlina 0-0 (37.58)
2. Maikel van der Vleuten/VDL Groep Verdi 0-0 (38.30)
3. Malin Baryard-Johnsson/H&M Reveur de Hurtebise 0-0 (40.62)
4. Nina Fagerström/Talent 0-0 (40.70)
5. Patrice Delaveau/Ornella Mail 0-4 (35.14)
Top Ten on the Rolex FEI World Cup standings after two legs:
1. Pius Schwizer, 40 points
2. Maikel van der Vleuten, 26 points
3. Angelica Augustsson, 18 points
4. Philipp Weishaupt, 17 points
5. Luciana Diniz/Malin Baryard-Johnsson/Patrice Delaveau, 15 points
8. Nina Fagerström/William Funnel, 13 points
10. Denis Lynch, 12 points
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