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Quotes after the Longines Grand Prix of Rotterdam

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The winners flying over the fences. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The press conference started off with information about Denis Lynch, who seems to be ok after the bad fall he had during the Grand Prix. His ride Coulisa has been brought to a clinic for further examinations. At this moment further information could not be given.

Then the focus went on to the winner of the class - Patrice Delaveau - who got the question about his feeling during the Grand Prix; "I had a good feeling today and it was the first Grand Prix for Orient Express in a long time. But he can do anything and really fights for me."

Patrice also got the question on how Carinjo HDC is doing after the fall on Friday: "As far as we know nothing is broken. He is a bit swollen behind the knee. We will do more examinations on Wednesday, but it doesn't look to be anything serious and we hope to start to work him again in ten days."

Santiago Varela said this about his Grand Prix track; "I think that the horses jumped really well today. The course was really big and a totally different one than the Nations Cup. It was fair for the horses and quite complicated for the riders. They needed to chose between many options and in my opinion it was nice for the sport."

"We watched great sport today which was exciting to the very last rider. I think Santiago did a great job. He was hoping for 12 clear rounds and got it. It was an unbelievable fast jump-off and it was a fantastic day. For me it was the first year as sport director so a lot of new things appeared. It was exciting, but we still have a lot to do and a lot to improve. In general I think the riders and the Chef d'Equipes were happy and we are looking forward to next year," Yves Houtackers said about this year's show.

Third placed Paul Estermann was very pleased with his horse Castlefield Eclipse; "I'm really happy and my horse jumped great. My friends told me that Patrice was really fast, and I tried but he was too quick for me."

Paul Estermann had a refusal in the second round of the Nations Cup and got the question if he was worried with the mare ahead of today's class: "No, I was worried. In the turn to that fence she was thinking the course was done with as I tried to calm her down a bit, and then when I saw the distance she was still finished in her head. She is not a horse that normally stops, so it was totally my fault."

Runner-up Daniel Deusser did not attend the press conference.

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