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After an exciting jump-off packed with good horses and riders it was last-to go Pius Schwizer that took home the win. This was the first World Cup qualifier in the Western European league for the 2011/2012 season, and out of the strong field of forty riders fourteen proceeded to the jump-off where Philipp Weishaupt looked unbeatable until Pius came.
The class started off with a bit of drama when second to go Tony Andre Hansen’s horse Frodo had a refusal that turned into a fall at the vertical at fence seven. Luckily both horse and rider walked out in one piece.
There were some really good clears in the first round. Natale Chiaudani’s ride Almero 12 (Asti Spumante x Gajus) jumped an amazing round. The pair had one down in the jump-off as first to go, but should be looked out for in the future. Angelica Augustsson – the winner from Gothenburg – returned to the World Cup circus today with a clear round on the hot chestnut mare Mic Mac du Tillard (Cruising x Galoubet A), proving she should be counted with this season.
Then came clears from William Funnel on the eight year old Billy Angelo (Tangelo van Zuuthove), and Nina Braaten made the home crowds very happy when she posted another clear on Loyd 12 (Landor S x Hadj A) – showing great consistent form. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum’s Bella Donna (Baldini II x Calido I) is a new superstar on the scene and jumps so impressive – the pair went on to the jump-off.
Strong names followed when Maikel van der Vleuten/VDL Groep Verdi (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf I), Philipp Weishaupt/Souvenir 29 (Stakkato x Lemon xx), Denis Lynch/Lantinus (Landkoenig x Argentinus) and Kevin Staut/Zeta de Hus (Zandor Z x Atlantus Z) went clear and were through to the second round. Another impressive horse is Patrice Delaveau’s Ornella Mail (Lando x Alligator Fontaine); it seems like the mare can jump a house! Another clear gave this French couple a place in the jump-off. Edwina Alexander, Luciana Diniz, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Pius Schwizer all followed and went on to the jump-off.
The first round track was big enough and faults were spread out, although most came in the triple combination or at the oxer at five that came very fast out of the corner or the vertical at eight that also came fast after the turn up to it. The jump-off had two long stretches and several tight turns could be made over the reduced course.
The first clear in the jump-off came with Angelica. The Swedish rider rode a fast round and put pressure on the other riders, but her time of 37.67 didn’t look unbeatable. That proved right when William Funnel followed and shaved off 0.33 seconds of the Swedish rider’s time. Nina had the a-element of the combination down, while Meredith didn’t push it all the way but went for a clear. Maikel van der Vleuten rode a good round on VDL Groep Verdi to come home clear, but the time was not good enough.
Philipp Weishaupt set off in a high pace on Souvenir and really cut every corner short, and his turn to the Rolex oxer was so tight that he almost didn’t make it to the other end of the back pole. After a race down to the last vertical the clock stopped at a time that was 1.47 seconds faster than Funnel’s. Denis and Kevin followed with clears – Denis’ time on Lantinus was in the end good enough for fifth place. Patrice Delaveau and Edwina Alexander both had the fourth oxer down – Patrice actually took every pole with him.
Luciana rode a lovely round on Winningmood (Darco x Cassini), but was 0.77 seconds behind – good enough for third. Rolf then came in on Casall La Silla (Caretino x Lavall I) and half way in the course it looked like Rolf was set to beat Philipp’s time when he almost turned in the air at every fence. Unfortunately it didn’t last though; Casall hit the penultimate Rolex oxer and although the European champion had the fastest time of the day he was left with four faults.
Pius came in last on the speedy Carvallo-mare Carlina. It’s was almost impossible to say how the Swiss rider managed to save time, but somehow he raced around the course with his usual precision and when the clock stopped at 34.63 seconds he had managed to shave off 1.24 seconds of Philipp’s time.
Top five in Oslo and top five on the Rolex FEI World Cup standing:
1. Pius Schwizer/Carlina 0-0 34.63 (20 points)
2. Philipp Weishaupt/Souvernir 29 0-0 35.87 (17 points)
3. Luciana Diniz/Winningmood 0-0 36.64 (15 points)
4. William Funnel/Billy Angelo 0-0 37.34 (13 points)
5. Denis Lynch/Lantinus 0-0 37.45 (12 points)
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