Here is what Scott Brash, Steve Guerdat and Marcus Ehning – as well as best home rider Geir Gulliksen – had to say after they made it to the podium in the the Longines FEI World Cup qualifier in Oslo.
Scott Brash on his horse Hello Sanctos; “He really is the horse of a lifetime for me. What he has done for me, his owners and his country is really outstanding. You don’t get too many horses like that! Sanctos is very clever and sharp – he is funny you know, when you work him in the morning or when you work him at home he is quite lazy. He’s a little bit like ‘Do I really have to do this?’ – but when he gets into the ring he just knows his job. He is so careful, and he gives you his heart – he is a special, special horse.”
Scott on whether or not he was nervous that his fast jump-off in the Grand Prix yesterday would affect Sanctos today; “The only thing that affected me was that everyone kept on mentioning it. But before the show I said I was going to jump the Grand Prix and the World Cup on him. I know my horse, and I know that I can go as fast as I can – it doesn’t change him for the next day. But I went very fast yesterday, and everyone kept going ‘Are you riding him in the World Cup tomorrow’ – so I did have to question myself at one point. But like I say you can gallop him and it’s actually something that gets him better and gives him confidence.”
Scott on his plan for the next months; “Sanctos will do Helsinki, and then get a rest before he does Doha. Ursula has had a rest now and will do Lyon, Verona and Stuttgart.”
Scott on his unexpected drama; “His [Sanctos] drop nose band snapped, and we were rushing around to try to borrow one of someone and it was not so easy. Luckily, Jimmy just came out of the ring and he let me borrow his!”
Scott on his jump-off; “I watched Marcus’ round and thought I would do the same strides as him where he had done them, but I thought he was already fast and I never saw Steve’s round but I knew he went a second quicker. I thought I would just have to go as quick as I could and hopefully it would work out, but I didn’t think I would be as fast as Steve was. I just had the strides perfect today, and it worked out!”
Steve on his rounds with Nino; "This was Nino’s first show back since the Europeans, he has been jumping a bit at home – but didn’t do any shows. Nino was maybe a little bit too fresh in the first round, and got a bit over-careful. Then I had to put a little bit of pressure on, and he gets a bit strong – so it was not that smooth in the first round. But already in the jump-off he was a lot better.”
Steve on his plan for the next few months; “I will do Helsinki with the same horses as here, and then I hope to get a few World Cup points so Nino can get some time off before Geneva on home soil in December.”
Marcus on going indoors again; “My horse is 11 years old, and has good experience indoors. Last weekend I had one round at my first indoor of the season, and then here – but he is quite used to the indoors.”
Marcus on making it look simple; “It’s also the horse that makes it look that way,” said Marcus who had to run for the first plane possible as he wanted to get home to his wife who is expecting their third child in about four weeks time.
Geir on Edesa S Banjan who is a very late starter; “He jumped his first Grand Prix last year – and don’t have much experience at this level. He was still quite untamed at the age of 7 ½, so he is still green and lacks the experience that the rest of the top five horses have.”
Geir joking about trying to copy Scott’s master plan; “I talked to Scott on Sunday, and he told me his plan for his horse. I tried to follow his plan and to do the same classes!”
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