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The weekend in words - third leg of the WC in Lyon

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum receives her watch from Anthony Schaub. Photo by FEI. The third leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup in the Western European league was run today at the 5*-show in Lyon. To begin with the obvious; it seems like the Germans are unbeatable! In her first World Cup qualifier of the season, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum was victorious together with her WEG-partner Checkmate (Contender x Pik Bube II). All of the first three legs have thus been landed by Germany.

The first French rider – Oliver Guillion – retired after having two of the three first fences down on his SF-gelding Lord de Theize (Donald Rouge II x Tolbiac Des Halles). It was a disappointment both for the rider and the crowds. The fourth rider out – James Paterson-Robinson – on the Diamant de Semilly-stallion Niack de l'Abbaye was the first to leave the course intact, but unfortunately he had one single time-penalty. Next to go, Luciana Diniz and the Lifestyle-son Lennox, suffered the same destiny. Diniz and Lennox had a really good round though, and looks like a promising combination for the future.

Even the next French rider - Timothée Anciaume – was unlucky, and retired Litsam HN after having five fences down. Jos Lansink was the first to go clear without time-penalties, and his 9 year old stallion Calistro 17 (Carvallo BB x Cassini I) jumped fantastic around the course. Rene Lopez from Colombia was next to go on Noblesse Des Tess, a daughter of Lansink’s Cumano. When Lopez crossed the finish line on a clean sheet, it looked like he was the happiest man of the day.

Rene Lopez and Noblesse Des Tess. Photo by FEI. 

Spanish rider Sergio Alvarez Moya – successful in yesterday’s Grand Prix – also managed a clear round on Action-Breaker (Heartbreaker x Lys de Darmen) and continued his good form. Another happy rider was Denmark’s 27 year old WC-debutant Karina Rie Truelsen, that also produced a clear round together with her stallion Lord If de Chalusse (If De Merze x Fury de la Cense). Denis Lynch also produced a clear round, as did Gerco Schröder who had a fabulous round on Eurocommerce New Orleans (Colbert x Carthago).

Kevin Staut (as the only French rider), Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum were the three last riders to secure a place in the jump-off. As for Checkmate it all looked like a walk in the park.The home crowd missed out on another French rider for the jump-off, when Michel Robert took the last fence on the Voltaire-mare Kellemoi de Pepita.

The jump-off proved to be a race between Schröder and Michaels-Beerbaum, both their horses jumped superior in the first round and continued to do so in the jump-off. It was Michaels-Beerbaum and Checkmate who had the fastest time though, and with 0,14 seconds down to Schröder it was a close one. Still a happy man – Rene Lopez finished third with yet a clear round in the jump-off. The fourth double clear came from Rie Trulsen, who must be very happy about her debut ending up in fourth place. Bengtsson, Staut and Lansink all had four faults each – Staut struggling with Le Prestige St Lois de Hus' wild side - while Lynch and Moya had eight faults apiece. A happy Michaels-Beerbaum could bring 20 points, some Euros and yet another Rolex home.

Steve Guerdat – although not so lucky in the World Cup with the Alligator Fontaine-daughter Jalisca Solier – had a good start on Sunday when he claimed the top two places in the 145-150 speed class with Urgent (Numero Uno x Julio Mariner XX) and Tresor (Papillon Rouge x Laudanum).

On Saturday it was Sergio Alvaro Moya’s day though. In the GPA Equita Masters, Moya went all the way of the fifteen riders that were competing against each other in this class with two rounds. Together with the Darco-son Wisconsin he was the fastest of the seven double clears“I only found out yesterday that I could participate in this class and it’s always an enormous satisfaction to compete against the leaders of the world rankings”, confided the winner, currently placed 59th in the Rolex FEI world ranking. “I want to dedicate this victory to my friend Francisco Moura, who passed away last week and for whom we had a commemoration just before the class”, added the 25-year-old Spaniard. Sergio Alvarez Moya galloped to the last fence with a stride less than the others: “I knew that I had to take all risks if I wanted to win this class. I am lucky to ride such a brave horse, “concluded Sergio Alvarez Moya. Edwina Alexander and another Darco-son Sevo Socrates were second, while Marcus Ehning took the third spot on the stallion Sandro Boy (sandro x Grannus).

Sergio Alvarez Moya and Wisconsin. Photo and copyright: PSV Morel.

The best horse at the WEG – the Hamlet-son Hickstead – was back in competition in Lyon. He had a fence down in the jump-off in the Masters, and one down in the first round in the WC.

For full results from Lyon, visit

Sunday’s Grand Prix at the German Classics 3* in Hannover, was won by Eva Bitter from Germany and Satisfaction, an 11 year old Stakkato-son. The good old Hugo Simon was second on Ukinda.

For full results, see

For results from Washington CSI3*-W, see

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