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Quotes from the World Cup opening in Oslo

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Top three had a lot to say after today's opening leg in Oslo. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Jeroen Dubbeldam on his win; “Winning is always good no matter how big it is, but to win a World Cup is always special. I have not won a lot of World Cups. I am very happy with my win today.”

Jeroen on the question if the fact that previous winners in Oslo seem to have done well later in the World Cup season gives him more confidence; “Not really! But my horse gives me a lot of confidence when she jumps like this. We did not have a super outdoor season. After Rotterdam I took some time in smaller classes to get to know her a little bit better. Actually this is her first show again on higher level in the biggest class. The feeling was there now and she has proven it was the right time to do it.“

Jeroen on the course; “When we had finished 2/3 of the class and had two clears I was hoping for that actually. But I knew in the end there were some strong riders so I was expecting a few more clears. In the end it was eight which is a nice number of clear rounds. The triple combination was very hard. Vertical, oxer, oxer is always a hard triple combination to jump, and especially indoor because you have a little bit less room to go to it. Now we had a big triple bar in front of the triple combination which took a lot out of the horses - a lot of strength. Then coming in the vertical was very delicate and it was in the end of the course that’s why I think there were a lot of faults in the triple combination today."

Jeroen on the jump-off; “There were some fast ones i the jump-off and I was happy that I saw the fastest one after me, Beat, because if I had not seen Beat I would have been slower. I saw his round and I thought ok - now we have to try everything. You really had to give everything to beat Beat today. That’s what I tried and I succeeded.”

Beat Mändli on today’s second place; “I am very happy that he (Louis) came back so well. He had a colic operation in April so my Olympics was gone, but now I very happy he is back and of course I am happy with second. It would have been nice if I won it, but I was too slow so...”

Sergio Alvares Moya on his third place; “I’m also happy. I don’t know my horse good. I could take a few less strides here and there, but he tried his best and he is amazing. I could not ask him any better. My goal is to go to the World Cup final , but we don’t have many places for Spain to go to the World Cups so I have to be as good as I can before January so maybe I can get to some more shows. But it was a good way to start and I think we’re in a very good place. I always have a good show here in Oslo. I’m looking forward to come back!”

Course designer Anders Hafskjold; “At first I was afraid I had made it too easy and I was happy for every fault. But then I was afraid it was too tough. We always try to get around eight clears so in the end it was good. It has to be not too hard for the horses, but not too many clears.”

Lin Kingsrød, on her first time as Show President; “This is new for me being president and I learned a lot. I think a president does a lot of everything. I think it is important that this should be good for the riers, but also good for the horses. In the end of the day you should have a good feeling. I hope that everybody that’s been a part of this had this feeling.”

Jeroen on the question on how he’s worked with Utascha to get her confidence back; “When I first got her I just worked a little with her not going to any shows. I went to shows when I had the feeling she was ready to go to shows. Her last show before I got her she had a nasty crash in Madrid so the one thing I had to do was working on her confidence and thats what I have tried to do. In the beginning it was ok until we took her to the highest level. There I felt that the confidence had not come back a hundred percent so after Rotterdam I decided to take a step back and do the classes where she could get her confidence back. So I put her on in Dublin and Calgary whre she did some 1.45 classes and in Calgary she did one bigger class on the Saturday to check how everything is. It gave me a very good feeling. So I went here knowing that I could use Quality Time for the World Cup if Utascha was not feeling well, but if she gave me a good feeling the first days I would ride her. And she did give me that feeling and I decided to put her in.”

Beat on the question about how many shows Louis has done after his colic surgery; “I started riding him again 6-7 weeks after the operation. This was now his sixth show being back.”

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