The winner Cameron Hanley has been out of the sport for two years, and recently made his comeback. Hanley had an accident where he injured his leg, and had to undergo several operations. Now he is back in top form, but still has some difficulties walking. "Luckily for me riding is better than walking, but it was always like that," Cameron said after his win.
On his winning ride Antello Z, Cameron explained that the gelding was found as a seven year old by his brother Carl Hanley; "We bought him together. I rode him in the beginning when he was eight before I was injured, and then we sold half of him to Michael Whitaker. Then I got injured and my brother's rider Alex Duffy rode him for almost one year. He won the U25 Grand Prix in Paris, and Michael was there and saw him jumping and said that he wanted to ride that horse. So we send him to Michael and he competed him last year. I was very fortunate this year when I was back riding; I got a new sponsor and they said that we needed a Grand Prix horse. I told them that I knew a very special horse and that was Antello. Luckily we were able to buy him back. To win a Grand Prix like this so quickly - this is just my third of fourth show with him - is really unbelievable!"
On his winning round Cameron said; "I don't need to watch Hansi, because I know that he goes so fast. So my only plan was to go as fast as I could. And I really didn't see anybody. I knew that to beat Hansi I had to take any risks possible and that is what I did and it worked."
Hans-Dieter "Hansi" Dreher rode an amazingly fast round, and got the question if he really thought that someone would be faster; "I knew that I was really fast, but the class isn't over until the last rider is through the finish line, so you always have to take into consideration that someone can be faster. "
Hansi really had a great weekend, and got the question about if this was one of his most successful weekends of his career; "I really can't complain about this weekend! It was fantastic and I hope that the coming weekends will continue like this-"
Charlie, that ended third today with Katharina Offel in saddle, had a fall as a seven year old and was out from the sport for a year; "He got injured, but we never really knew what had happened. He was out from the sport for a year so he is lacking a bit of experience. Today I was so happy with him, he really fought and for me it couldn't have gone any faster."
Kathi did a turn that was shorter than everyone else when she rode inside one of the trees. On the question about when she decided to do that turn, she explained; "When he jumped the fence before. My plan was to go outside of the tree, but I wasn't totally straight to the fence so I saw the opening and suddenly he was on the right side."
Cameron will now got to Spruce Meadows for five weeks, while Hansi has a national show next weekend before he goes to St. Gallen. Kathi will spend her next weekend in Rome riding the Nations Cup.
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