The audience burst into applause when Martin Fuchs and his 10 year old bay gelding PSG Future (Cashandcarry x Lorentin I) crossed the finish line as winners of the CSI5* UB Grand Prix at Helsinki International UB Horse Show on Saturday. Bart Bles on Lord Sandro Ddh (Lordanos x Sandro) from the Netherlands was second and Henrik von Eckermann on Crespo PKZ (Cornet Obolensky) third in the fully charged arena, on the third competition day.
Totally twelve out of the 43 riders cleared the first round without faults. Obstacle no. 12 occurred in a rather tricky place causing the horses to ask which jump they were supposed to take after a quick turn, so a pole was taken down there by most of the riders. The jump-off had clearer course lines and more space, and even six riders in the jump-off made it without faults. The breath-taking quest for speed in the jump-off warmed up even the coldest of Finns, taking the enjoyment of top-level equestrian sports to the max.
The winner Martin Fuchs is this year's Swiss champion and Young Riders European Champion of 2012, and is only 22 years old. When asked about the secret to his success at such an early age the rider answered: "This was my first five-star GP win. It's great to have won it here, in almost my second home country. Since the beginning, I have had really nice horses and good training from my parents. Several horse-owners and sponsors support me, not to forget my girlfriend (Anna-)Julia (Kontio), she is a big part of my success. We always try to help each other and push each other further."
Bart Bles from the Netherlands who was second today, was fifth in the Oslo GP. "My horse felt really good today and last weekend in Oslo went really well too. The result today was very good. The horse is 12 years old now, so I hope I can compete a couple of more years with him."
Henrik von Eckermann from Sweden ended third, and has been working with Ludger Beerbaum over 10 years now. He too was thankful to his mount. "I have a really nice horse now. He is only 8 years old, and he's been with me on and off: He was sold but now he is back with me again. Last weekend we did a clear round also in the Grand Prix but had a fence in the jump-off and did not get a prize."
Source: Press release from Helsinki International UB Horse Show
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