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The WoSJ show review; Willem Greve on Jumping Indoor Maastricht

Tuesday, 03 December 2013

In this week’s WoSJ show review Dutch rider Willem Greve sums up the CSI3* event Jumping Indoor Maastricht. After a two year absence from the calendar, this fabulous event was back – and as Willem concludes, it was an outstanding show from beginning to end.

“First of all, I have to say that all the riders were very happy that the Jumping Indoor Maastricht was back on the calendar again. For the riders the show is perfect from A-Z. The time schedule is perfect; starting on Friday afternoon, and with no classes starting at nine o’clock in the morning and then with the next one in the late afternoon – it’s nice to get oxygen and do something else like go in to town, and not hang around to wait for your next ride all day long. It also means you have well enough with time to work your horses before the competitions start. The infrastructure there is also really good, with everything close – the stables, the warm-up and even with the hotel being next door. They also take well care of the grooms at the show, which I think is really important.

It was a great atmosphere, the region has long horse traditions and the crowds are knowledgeable – that makes a super audience. You could really feel the excitement for the big classes, and it helped making top sport. As did the fact that the classes were not too long!

The courses designed by Louis Konickx were good all weekend. The Grand Prix track was big enough – not huge, but technical. In the end we had a very deserved winner in the Grand Prix with Maikel and VDL Groep Sapphire on top. His second round was amazing; not only because of the turn he made to the last fence – but because of the way he did it. The mare also deserved a big victory; she is the example of how everything is possible for a horse with a super mentality.

For my own part I was pleased with my horses during the weekend. In the big class on Friday with Carambole I had a fault, but that was on me – in the Grand Prix he jumped really, really good to end fifth after a double clear. I was also happy with my new horse Avion, an eight year old that I only had for two months. He was placed in the big class on Saturday, and showed some real promise for the future – but there are still things to improve and we have to get to know each other, that always takes a little time.

All in all, I think this year’s edition of Jumping Indoor Maastricht had all that characterizes a five star show. The event director Mr. Kempermann knows exactly what the sport needs, and the show was breathing positivity.  For us Dutch riders it’s great thing that the event is back, we travel around the entire Europe to compete – and to have such a competition on home soil means a lot. We have lost some good shows here over the past year – but now luckily, both Maastricht and Amsterdam is back!”

As told to WoSJ by Willem Greve

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