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Saturday, 26 January 2013

According to Ludger Chaman lets the rider shine. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Ludger on his winning horse Chaman: "Chaman is in great shape. He got a six weeks break after Geneva, and then we started up again in Basel and already there he was in a fantastic form. Then yesterday we was eight in the big class and today we won - so it all speaks for him being in a great form. I have had Chaman for three years, and I got him from Luciana Diniz. He was known to be a horse with fantastic qualities, but he had respect for water and could stop on it. Today he is the most successful horse in my stable. And he is that kind of horse that lets the rider shine. When he is in form he is the horse I preferably ride. He gives you a fantastic feeling, he has a great rideability and he makes it possible for you to ride the course as you want to."

About today's jump-off Ludger said: "For me the jump-off today wasn't that great since I rode badly, but when Chaman is in such a great shape he sorts it out and then to win with one second is just able for a top horse."

This year Chaman will be available for the breeders: "We have been getting so much requests for him so this year he will be breeding. I hope he will cope well with the double work," laughs Ludger.

Ludger will ride Zinedine in the Rolex FEI World Cup tomorrow: "He has very much potential, but he won't win tomorrow. For that he is lacking experience and a bit of coordination between us, but he is definetly a horse that can jump any course no matter how difficult it is."

Alexandra Fricker - the best Swiss rider - was also at the press conference. "Yesterday the Grand Prix really didn't go our way (Alexandra and Memphis retired, editors note) but we got over that for today. He gives his all for me and I am very proud of him!"

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