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The WoSJ guest blogger; Rolf-Göran Bengtsson

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Quintero Ask jumped nice in the GCT yesterday here in Wiesbaden. It was his first outdoor show of the season, and his last show was the World Cup final – so he did really well. Unfortunately for me it was too many clears in the first round. Faults are always stupid, but my fault in the second round was really stupid. But I must say that it is very nice to feel how motivated he is. When I'm on the warm-up he just wants go to the main arena and is always drawn in that direction.

As there is a bit of gap between Casall Ask and Quintero Ask down to the rest of the horses, I only have Quintero Ask with me here in Wiesbaden. Clarimo is my third horse at the moment, but he is not ready to go such a big class as the Riders Tour - it is too early for him. Clarimo will go to Copenhagen and if he is good in the first classes he might do the Nations Cup there.

I have to wait to get the next group of horses ready for the biggest classes or until I find another horse that can come along. It is important not to get nervous about not having enough horses, and give the other horses time over the summer so they slowly can grow into this. It is easy to get stressed and bring the horses up in the classes a bit too early, but in the end you normally just loose on it if you do that.

Today it is a day off for Quintero Ask. And since I'm not riding the qualification today I probably might have to go as the first one in the big class tomorrow. It is a disadvantage as I won't be able to watch anyone and I won't know how the time allowed will be, but Quintero Ask can't jump four days in a row. And after this show he will have a two week break.

The next Global Champions Tour takes place in London and the plan is for Quintero Ask to go there. Casall Ask is better at jumping in flood light so he will go to Cannes.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and Quintero Ask tomorrow!

Rolf

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