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Quotes from day two in Madrid

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Nick Skelton; The water always plays a big part in the Championships.Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Carsten-Otto on his expectations before the Championship; “I was two years second and then five at the World Championship last year. I go here and try to make a good job, all year we have been planning for this weekend. Everything can change though, and now we are thinking about the team.”

Billy on how Tinka’s Serenade is coping, especially with the heat; “She performed really well today. She is a thoroughbred and copes very well with the heat. Like Carsten said; It’s all about the team at the moment. Either way it’s still a long way to go.”

Nick on the course and Carlo; “ Carlo jumped really well. It’s difficult going first on the team, but I’m used to it. I’ve done it my entire life. The course was fair, the faults came everywhere, but mainly at the waterjump. The water always plays a big part in the championships.”

Nick on the difficult line from 11, the triplebar and down to the combination; “The triple bar was big, and then we had a short distance to the vertical. The horses had to be rideable. The colour was pale and kind of blended in with the sand. “

Jeroen on the long day; “ It’s a long day when you walk the course at one o’clock and ride at seven. It’s an exciting day though as you see your team members, so it’s enough to do during the day. 

Jeroen on what is most important; the team or the individual result; “That is an easy question. First we have to finish with the team, and out of that automatically you do well or not individually. The team comes first!”

Santiago Varela, the coursedesigner on the difficult line to the water; “ It was quite a difficult distance to the water, and the colour of the take off was diffcult as well. I have been talking to the technical delegates, and we’ll try and do some changes to make the waterjump more fair to all the horses.”

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