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Quotes after the exciting final in Madrid;

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Nick Skelton; "I have too many bronze medals!" Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. Rolf-Göran Bengtsson on how the week has been and being fifth before the final; “I have to thank my horse. He is in his life’s form now and jumped really nice the entire week. I also have to thank my sponsors Alfonso Romo for the opportunity to keep such a horse. I was of course disappointed after the class on Friday where I had one down. Today I focused on staying cool, do my best and make the poles stay up. I also have to thank the other riders like Carsten-Otto and Nick that I’m here today.”

Carsten-Otto Nagel about his feeling of takin another silver medal; “ I have a bit mixed feelings, but with good riders such as Rolf and Nick, silver is good. I need to train more for next year.”

Nick Skelton on his one fence down in the final and the course; “I want to congratulate Santiago for the courses. I have been riding many championships, and for the first time my horse is not empty afterwards. All our horses could probably compete next weekend if they had to, and won’t need a two months rest like usual after a Championship like this.”

Nick on another bronze medal; “I have too many of them!”

Nick on Carlo; "He is getting a break now. Then we’ll plan the winter and take it as it comes.”

Rolf on his plans; "We are going to Barcelona to try and make a spot in next year’s Top League. We’ll have to discuss things a little bit now with the chep d’equipe and the rest of the team on how to do things. It’s important that several of our riders gets to start the bigger shows before the Olympics. Luckily for me I have other horses to compete with so Ninja can have a break.”

Carsten-Otto on his plans for Corradina; "She’ll have some time off. I won’t take her to that many World Cups, and we are not aiming for a final. We’ll give her a break now and have some nice shows before we start her up again for the outdoor season.”

Rolf on his preparations with Ninja before competing him at a European Championship at the age of 16; "We have not competed him too hard or too  much. This was obviously a good decision."

Rolf on Ninja and if he’s comepeting him next year; “ Never say no. He fells good, but luckily I have other options. Time will tell.”

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