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Quotes after the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Kevin Staut and Silvana HDC celebrating the win in the Rolex Grand Prix. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The winner Kevin Staut: "Silvana has a great experience by now, and I know she can be fast. I had a little problem in the class here the first day in a right turn; she misunderstood me and stopped so when I was going in the ring for the jump-off I didn't want to take all the risk – but each turn was great and I could find the best distances possible so it was my day! [...] I am very happy for my mare! [...] Normally I wanted only to jump her in the big class the first day and maybe yesterday, but then I had the misunderstanding in the big class the first day and as it was one of her last rounds before the World Cup Final I decided on Friday night to put her in the Grand Prix and I can't say that was a bad decision," Kevin laughed.

Runner-up Marco Kutscher: "I think already on the road home now I will see it [the last fence] a few times," Marco laughed after putting in an extra stride to the final oxer. "My feeling in the turn was that the distance was long, and then next thing I thought 'Shit, it's too long' and then I decided to do one extra and when I had done that I thought 'Shit, I could have done one less'! For the crowd I think it was a very good class though. When I walked the course I didn't expect just five clear rounds. It was a very nice course, so I thought maybe eight or nine would go clear – but in the end it was a very nice jump-off for the crowd," Marco said also filling in the press on his decision to leave Ludger Beerbaum's stable in the beginning of July – "The main reason is my private life, and my girlfriend – we have been together now for nine years. I am close to 40 now, and I thought if I will change something I will have to do it now because otherwise I am getting too old. [...] It's a private and personal decision." As to the horses Marco is riding, and whether they will come with him, he said; "The decision is not quite made yet. The owners will have to think about if the horses will be left at Ludger's stable, or if they are taking the step to come with me. For sure there will be many talks the next months, and I for sure hope I can keep a horse like Cornet's Cristallo because my life would for sure be a lot easier."

Third placed Penelope Leprevost: "I think I was very fast everywhere, but in the end it was not quite quick enough. But I am very happy because yesterday I had two bad faults on my mare and she was a little scared – so in the beginning of the first round I was very determined, so I am very happy! My mare is super!"

Course designer Louis Konickx; "The horses were jumping very well the days before, so today I thought I would build a real Grand Prix. You always hope for something like eight clears – but there were some favourites with really bad luck, and we had some drama – and you cannot foresee that. It's sport!"

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