From the moment they entered the course, the Grand Prix of Pforzheim belonged to Leon Thijssen and Tyson (Numero Uno x Voltaire). Although three other riders managed to produce double clears, none of them could match the Dutch pair.
First to go Cian O’Connor on the nine year old Temple Road (Antaeus x Graf Dagobert) left all the fences intact, and could write down the first clear of the day. The next two riders did exactly the same; the German riders Hans-Thorben Rüder on Orlanda (Julio Mariner x Caretino) and Oliver Lemmer on Trillion (Baloubet du Rouet x Elanville) could also put a zero score behind their names.
The next to go clear was Cassio Rivetti on the nine year old Verdi (Andiamo x Libero H). The Ukrainian rider was followed by two German riders with penalties, before the Egyptian rider Karim El Zoghby made another clear aboard the impressive Uleika (Atlantic x Ahorn).
Leon Thijssen jumped an exceptionally good round on his Numero Uno-stallion Tyson, who was as athletic as a cat around the course and left no doubt that they were in it for the win. Jos Lansink on the other hand didn’t have the best of days when he retired Calimero van’t Roth (Darco x Calypso) after two fences down. The winners of the DKB Riders Tour in Hagen, Willem Greve and Ukato (Stakkato x Literat), were unlucky to have the first element of the combination down and had to settle for four faults.
Irish rider Shane Breen was the next to finish clear aboard his 8 year old Cos I Can. Eva Bitter rode a lovely, forward round on her 18 year old stallion Argelith Stakkato (Spartan x Pyqmalion); as double German Champions – they won in 2010 and 2003 – the pair knows what they’re doing. Beat Mändli also rode a beautiful clear in his usual style aboard the 11 year old Louis (Lord Pezi x Ultraschall). These were followed by Katharina Offel/Sanctos van het Gravenhof (Quasimodo vd Molendref) and Timo Beck/Fidji Island (For Feeling x Wanderer) who also made it through to the jump-off.
So, out of the fifty riders in the class eleven proceeded to the jump-off. The course that stood t 1.55 was reduced from thirteen to eight fences. Cian and Temple Road opened with a good, clear and fast round on 42.13 – the Irish rider set off in a high pace, putting a good amount of pressure on the other riders. In the chase for O’Connor Rüder, Lemmer, Rivetti and El Zoghby all had one fence down apiece.
Leon Thijssen and Tyson looked dangerously good in the first round, and proved to be exactly that in the jump-off. A fast and clear round on the time of 41.86 proved good enough to take the lead – and to stay there. Shane Breen followed with another, but slower, clear. The Irish rider’s time was soon to be improved by Beat Mändli who rode a good round on Louis, slotting into third with a time of 42.22 seconds. Bitter and Offel on the other hand had to record four faults each – while Timo Beck and Fidji Island had to see two down en route to the fastest time of the day.
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