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Quotes after the Longines Falsterbo Grand Prix: "I was so tired!"

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The top three! Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson."I was so tired. It has been so tense the entire week, and I have been preparing for this for so long. I had a very tough schedule that started already on Monday with the 5 year olds, and everything had to go perfect every single day and in every single class. It was my goal to be able to win every single class, that didn't happen, but I'm still happy," said the winner Alex Zetterman laughing and continued "At least I won the most important class this week."

On the question about Cafino Alex simply said "He is amazing! I keep on saying it. This is the first time he has done a Nations Cup and then the Grand Prix just two days later. And to jump double clear today is just amazing. His heart is so big and that is what makes me the most happy, to feel how much the horse gives you. Winning is nice, but this feeling is just amazing, it is beyond words. I have been riding several great horses, but this horse is something very special. He is something I never had before and probably never will get again".

Alex continued: "After a tough week like this I was motivated but had no energy left in my body to be nervous so I was really relaxed going in to the Grand Prix. Today everything just fell into place and I had the luck on my side which also is a very important thing to be able to win."

Andre Thieme, who ended second, said this about his Grand Prix: "I also have a very, very good horse and I have been planning for this Grand Prix the whole week. I did one class before today and I rode another horse in the Nations Cup. My horse went really well in the first round and in the second round I was trying to win and thought I was fast. But then I saw that I was in second place when I crossed the finish line and was a little sad for about ten seconds. Then I looked at the time and he was three seconds faster so there was really no chance for me to get him today. So right after I realized that I could be really happy about my second place."

The audience went wild when Alex won and Andre got a question about it: "The atmosphere was amazing. It was already great when we stood up on the podium after the Nations Cup - that already felt good. But to see a Swedish person winning in Sweden, that was really amazing. We (Andre and Jur) was just looking at each other and thought "Oh Alex must be feeling really good right now!"

Jur Vrieling ended third in today's Grand Prix: "In the jump-off I only had one goal and it was to win a watch, but I still have to stick with my old one. In Geesteren I managed to beat this guy, I was faster. And now with three seconds it is unbelievable, and all respect to him. I will keep this short, because there is only one big winner here today!"

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