Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan x Narcos II) showed top form in Münster. The Olympic Champions won Sunday's CSI4* 1.60 DKB-Riders Tour Grand Prix easily against almost fifty competitors. Thirteen of these riders qualified for the jump-off, and more than half of them were German riders.
Toni Hassmann was first to go against the clock on Classic Man V (Cornet Obolensky x Gralshüter). The home rider took some fantastic turns and it looked like he would be really dangerous for the rest of the field - all the way to the last fence where a pole fell. Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets were the first couple to go clear in the jump-off, and they stopped the clock at 44,76 seconds to take the lead. It looked like it would be hard to beat, and that is also how it turned out to be.
Marc Houtzager and the only 8 year old Baccarat (Padinus x Silvio I) also produced a clear round, before both Denise Sulz with Flotte Deern (Forsyth x Acord II) and John Whitaker with Argento (Arko III x Gasper) ended the jump-off track on a score of four faults.
Young rider Angelina Herröder was clear in 50,92 seconds on Abc Trixi (Quidam de Revel x Carolus I) , which in the end was good enough for a seventh place. The b-element of the combinations caused problem for Gerrit Schepers with Czerny N (Cassini I x Alcatraz) who ended on four faults.
Lars Nieberg and Casallora (Casall x Lennon) went in on second place with 47,52 seconds, but did not stay there for long as the next rider - Holger Wulschner on BSC Cavity (Caretino x Lansing) - ended the track on a time of 45,10 seconds after going all in.
Niklas Krieg and Carella (Clearway x Concerto II) had the a-element of the combination down - as did Markus Renzel with Cassydy (Corrado I x Alcatraz). Lucy Davis on the other hand produced a beautiful clear with the well-jumping Barron (For Pleasure x Nabab de Reve) and went in on third place which she kept, as last rider Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum with Atlanta (For Pleasure x Achill-Libero H) was slightly slower than Lucy to slot into fourth place.
Steve and Nino's win comes just three weeks ahead of the kick-off of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for the showjumpers, and might just be a sign of what is to come from this fantastic couple.
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