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Quotes from day one in Madrid

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Olivier Guillon: "I had a good feeling about the class". Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Leading rider Olivier Guillon: “I trust my horse; he’s fast and wants to do good for his rider. I looked at several of the riders, and tried to organize my time as best as possible to be ready. I had a good feeling about the class, and got a super round. I’m also very happy about the collecting ring here in Madrid as my horse can be a little scared when warming up, but here he was very comfortable.”

Runner-up Stefan Eder: “It was hard to wait as I was last to go, and had to look at the other riders for the whole day. My horse jumped great, so I’m very happy. I don’t win a lot of Grand Prix’s all the time, but my horse has been consistently good and produce great results for me overall.”

Third placed Beat Mändli: “The course was difficult. You had to ride fast, but at the same time be careful not to get faults. My horse has been really good over the last few weeks, so I was confident. I didn’t watch too many of the other riders, I went in and did my own thing.”

French coach Henk Nooren: “We started off with a nice and solid round from Michel. Then we had a team talk about the fact that we are already qualified for the Olympics, but that we still wanted to step up and all the riders did exactly that. We all said ‘We want to be up there’. That’s a big difference from Windsor and Kentucky where the riders were more modest; now we all said ‘Let’s take that role.’ It was not so easy for the riders at the beginning of the year, but over the past four-five Nations Cup all riders have been doing good. We’ve had a great week of training, and today we did well – still it might not be enough for a medal, the teams from Germany, Sweden and Holland all look strong. It will be tight!”

Course designer Santiago Varela: “I feel very well after today; the horses jumped good. It was a good course for both horses and riders. It could all change in the team standings tomorrow though; today was 1.50 and tomorrow it’s 1.60.”

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