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Well deserved win for Cameron Hanley in Wiesbaden Grand Prix!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Cameron Hanley with Antello Z. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.After a two year break due to an injury, Cameron Hanley is back stronger than ever which he proved by winning the Grand Prix in Wiesbaden with Antello Z after two amazing rounds. 46 riders came to start in the first round and the 12 best went to the second round - all of them clear. Two combinations, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Quintero Ask and Jeroen Dubbeldam with Quality Time, were just outside the time and had one time fault which prevented them for taking part of the second round.  The faults came spread throughout the entire course, and the open water caused some surprising problem for several riders. Some horses landed in the middle of it while both Janne-Friedrike Meyer and Alberto Michan were eliminated as their horses refused to jump.

The second round was build like a race around the big trees in the arena. It was several long distances and all riders tried their best to produce the fastest round. Second placed Hansi Dreher with Embassy. Photo by Jenny AbrahaDenis Lynch was first to go with Lantinus (Landkönig x Argentinus), but a bad turn towards the combination ended in a stop and a pole down and a total of eight faults. Marc Houtzager with Sterrehof's Tamino (Numero Uno x Farmer) and Christian Ahlmann aboard Lorena (Larenco x Romeo) both had four faults, while Luciana Diniz was the first clear with Lennox (Lifestyle x Grannus) at 54,63 seconds. Always so speedy Hans-Dieter Dreher was next to go with Embassy II (Escudo x Silvio I) and it was full speed. While cantering down one of the longest stretches Embassy jumped to the side for a flag that fell, but was soon back on track and fast to the next fence. Hansi shaved off 3,55 seconds on Luciana's time ending at 51,08 seconds.

Harrie Smolders with Exquis Walnut de Muze (Nabab de Reve x Chin Chin) got eight faults before it was time for an amazing round from Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W (Guidam x Libero H). The American girl had the fastest of the day, but had one pole down, finally ending as number seven. Maikel van der Vleuten made the audience nervous as he nearly did not make it through start within the time, but then he put up the speed on VDL Groep Verdi (Quidam de Revel x Landgraf) clearing the course at  52,30 second.

Number three Katharina Offel with Charlie. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.Cameron Hanley took all the risks and Antello Z (Animo x Continue) jumped amazing in  50,75 seconds which none of the remaining riders were able to beat. It was an extremely happy Irish rider who left the arena giving all the credits to his horse. Laura Renwich with Oz de Breve (Dollar du Murier x Grand Veneur) was a bit unlucky having four faults, while Saer Coulter and Springtime (Indorado x Elmshorn) were clear and good enough for sixth place. Katharina Offel and Charlie (Cornet Obolensky x Potsdam) were last to go. Kathi is always fast and a very good rider. Turning inside one of the big trees towards the  fourth fence - a turn no one else had done - and speeding down every possible line she tried her best to take home a win, but with 51,80 seconds she could not take Cameron or Hansi's time, ending third.

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