My horse Hello Sanctos has jumped very well here at the European Championships. It was fantastic to be on top yesterday, and win the gold with the team! I was a little bit disappointed with my rail down, because I think we had a really good chance individually and now that has put me down a bit. I think I how a far less chance now, and it was something of nothing as he only touched it. So I was slightly disappointed at that – but at the same time very pleased that we could win another gold medal.
For sure it is a lot of pressure as anchor rider and last to go, but I kind of like that. It brings out the best in me, and makes me work harder. I think I need something like that to achieve my best. They said to me that I could be clear or have one down, so I knew I was not allowed to have a time fault or anything like that. I couldn’t believe that I had the fence down, but then I just thought that I better not have a time fault and it was good it all worked out.
We had a nice evening with the team last night, we went back to the hotel and our chief manager put on an amazing buffet for us. It was a very quiet night, with some really nice food.
Hello Sanctos has really been such a fantastic horse to me. When I ride him I like to let him come forward – and don’t interfere with him too much. He is such a careful horse and so consistent. For me he is a dream to ride! It’s like with all horses; you need that good partnership and I think when you get that with a horse and understand your horse 100 % it will also understand you and that brings out the best in both horse and rider.
I think the course will be tough tomorrow, but that should be expected with the caliber on the horses and the riders here – it is fantastic. There are some horses that have been jumping unbelievable here, and some horses have not even had a fence down yet. I can see one or two horses going through the championships without a rail down. I think Ben is flying, and his horse has looked really, really good all week. I really hope he can get a medal, because he has done a fantastic job so far. So – hopefully Ben stays clean and no one can beat him. I can also see Daniel Deusser winning a medal, and I think Ludger is knocking on the door and then there is Casall that has been jumping well.
There are some really top horse and rider combinations up there. I am on 6.72 which you usually would think not would be far away – but I think even if I jump double clear I am not going to win a medal. It’s that good of competition here, and I think it’s been a great championship. There will be some great jumping tomorrow!
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