In our fourth show review of the indoor season, we speak with Dutch rider Gert-Jan Bruggink who had a tremendous weekend at the CSI2*Oldenburger Pferdetage!
“I had a really good weekend in Oldenburg with Andrea winning two classes; the 1.45 class on Friday night and the Grand Prix yesterday.
Andrea is Andrea! She is a special horse, but if she goes clear and on to a jump-off she is hard to beat and she always does her best to win. On Friday she jumped really good. I didn’t take all the risks in the jump-off, but it still was a time that was hard to beat in the end. On Saturday Andrea had a rest, and I jumped my eight year old mare Vita in the 1.45 Big Tour. I was very happy with her, and I have a good feeling for the future with this horse.
It was a long wait yesterday for the Grand Prix as it didn’t start until three o’clock. But when you finish like I did, I guess you are not allowed to complain!
The course designer did a good job the whole weekend; it was not too big, and not too high and that was fair as the ring was quite tight. All courses rode well. In yesterday’s Grand Prix track it was the triple combination that caused a lot of faults, it was quite far coming out over the c-element which was a wide oxer and the poles fell for many. Also the following line – the blue oxer to the plank – was quite tricky. You really had to have a plan went you went into the ring, otherwise you would get a fault somewhere. It was really not much time to breathe!
Andrea jumped super again, and when I went into the jump-off with only one of the five riders ahead of me clear I knew she would be hard to beat. I did one less stride between fence one and two, and she did it easily which gave me a good feeling from the start. Then she jumped amazing into the combination, and when I got a good turn to the vertical that followed I could just keep going to the two last oxers. And it’s always good for Andrea if the last fence is an oxer, then I can just keep on moving forwards. I heard the crowds cheering me on, so I knew I had a good time as I approached the last fence. So, basically everything went right for us in the jump-off!
The arena in Oldenburg this year was a totally new one, and very nice indeed. The only thing that wasn’t ideal this year was the warm-up and exhibition part that – due to the construction work still going on – was in a tent, and that it also was quite a far way to walk from the warm-up to the ring. Next year it will hopefully be ready to be moved indoors again though and under one roof, which will make all the difference for everybody present at the show. It’s a nice show, and I hope to see it as a three star next year.”
As told to WoSJ by Gert-Jan Bruggink
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