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Quotes after the final in Gothenburg

Sunday, 28 April 2013

“I can safely say that this has been fantastic," Beezie said at the press conference after the final. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. John Madden, boardmember of the FEI and Beezie Madden's husband; “I personally happen to think it was a fantastic event. As well as being the boardmember of the jumping committee I am the proud husband of the winner Beezie Madden. I am very proud to be Beezie’s husband, but also very proud of my involvement with the FEI. We have had a unique, excellent, fantastic event here in Gothenburg this week. We had great sport here this week. Not just Beezie, but all the riders.”

Madden also praised Rolex for their partnership over the past seven years arranging the final which has been unique.

Beezie Madden on the week in Gothenburg; “I can safely say that this has been fantastic. The first leg was fantastic to win. It was one of those rounds where everything kept coming up. Friday night I was having my first round and kind of kicking myself for the jump-off but I lost it. Today it was fantastic. Again the cards laid out right for me and left the door open a little.”

Beezie on the second round: “Of course I was disappointed as I would have liked to pull it off already with the second round. But my horse was fantastic and I managed to shake that off and concentrate on the jump-off.”

Steve on his plan for the jump-off; “I was trying to go clear and as fast as possible. I know I have a fast horse and I wanted to win. Last year I was in the same position. Then I was clear but not fast enough. Maybe I took a little bit too much risk today. I started fast, but the horse was feeling good. Maybe I could have done it a bit smarter to the second last fence, but I wanted to put the pressure on Beezie who is also a fast rider.”

Kevin on his result; “I am both happy and disappointed about the third place because I had the last fence down (in the second round). It was fantastic sport here. It is my fourth Rolex world cup final, but I have never jumped as big as today.”

Steve Guerdat had only good words to say about the course designer and the job he has done during the finals although there were only two clears today. “The courses were tough, but there was still a lot of four faults and we saw no horses struggle. Had we done our job as well as he did his we would have seen more clear rounds.”

Beezie on the plan for the jump-off and how to handle the pressure; “I was watching on the TV. Once he (Steve) had two down I just wanted to know what the time allowed was so that I did not make a mistake be going over the time allowed. I was just so relieved after seeing his first part of the jump-off. I thought it would be really hard to beat. But when he had two down that took a little bit of the pressure off. “

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