Morten Djupvik took home the 3* 1.45 Big Tour at the Arctic Equestrian Games yesterday. Aboard the 11 year old mare Valle Blanche (Indoctro x Peter Pan), the Norwegian rider – based in Holland – rode a fast clear round at 59.23 seconds to land the win and a spot in Sunday’s Grand Prix. “Valle Blanche has a tendency to get a little strong if I ride too fast from the start. Now I could increase the speed during my round, so it nevertheless went well,” Morten smiled after his win, revealing that he will decide on which horse to ride in Sunday’s Grand Prix after Friday’s qualifier where he will partner up with Zariena (Quasimodo x Furioso). Morten left Dutch rider Tim Hendrix on Varanka SFN (Gran Corraddo x Hamlet) in second, with a time of 59.71. Third place went to German rider Dirk Schröder on Sir Poldi (Stakkato x Polydor), who crossed the finish line on a time of 60.15 seconds in this 48 rider class.
The biggest class at the 2* show in Neeroeteren went to James Paterson-Robinson aboard Lanosso (Lansino x Grosso Z). The Australian rider beat Belgian rider Guido Hornesch and Concorde (Kannan x Darco) with over two second in this 1.40 class which had no less than 82 riders in it – also featuring some big names such as Kevin Staut, Kathi Offel and Jos Lansink. William Whitaker was third on Fandango III, a little behind Guido’s time.
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