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Quotes after the Hamburg Derby

Sunday, 12 May 2013

The winner; Gilbert Tillmann. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It was a very emotional winner that was sitting at the press conference speaking of his win; "I can't believe it! It is unbelievable. I wasn't that interested in horses when I was little, but it was one class that I always followed and it was the Hamburg Derby. It was the only show I watched every year. A couple of years ago I told my father that I wanted to ride the derby, and that it would end like this and everything that happened today - it is a dream!"

"I have had Hello Max for thirteen years, and my groom has been with him for all that time. You can see that she has been taking really good care of him as he can go and win the derby as a nineteen year old. He has been in the sport since he was seven and then in 2007 I decided that I wanted to prepare him for the derby. As the derby is really hard on the horses and they need a lot of training, all the other classes have just been schooling."

Gilbert got the question about his horse and how he got him. His answer made the whole press room laugh out loud: "He is an Irish horse and we didn't really get him the normal way. He was taken as a payment, and really didn't look like a sport horse when he came to our stable. My father didn't get any passport for him and he hadn't looked as his teeth either so we didn't know how old he was. As he looked like a 16 or 17 year old the plan was to let him go in the riding school. So we used him as a school horse to begin with, but when all the students started to fall off I got to ride him. My brother and father were in the arena and put up a little fence for us to jump, and Hello Max really jumped. We thought the first time was a coincidence, but he kept on jumping until the fence was as high as was possible. We then thought that maybe he was a horse that worked at home, but that couldn't do shows but we decided to try. My dad finally managed to get hold of the passport and when we got it we got a shock - he was only six years old, so the first we had to do was to lower the fences so they were fit for his age. In April the year after we did our first show and he did two small classes. His third class ever was an S-class and he was clear straight away!"

Carsten-Otto Nagel ended second with Lex Lugar: "I'm a bit annoyed with the water today, but of course I'm happy with the second place. For Hello Max to win as a nineteen year old is fantastic! Lex Lugar and I won the derby three years ago, but then he got injured. My groom has really been taking care of him and we have been preparing him for today. In the end it didn't go all the way, but that is on me."

Hilmar Meyer rode Coverlady to a third place: "She loves the nature jumps and has been doing the derby before. I have had her for three years. Today we got a bit unlucky at the water, but she is a real fighter. She is 13 now and super healthy so I really hope that we will be here for some more years."

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