Home rider Wout-Jan van der Schans won the biggest class in Maastricht on Saturday riding Sacramento (Leendert x Corlando). The Audi Prize had a track set at 1.50, and ten out of the 46 riders made it to the jump-off after being clear around the first round track designed by Louis Konickx– where the final triple combination with a verical-vertical-oxer caused most of the problems for the horses and riders.
Coming in as second last to go against the clock, Wout-Jan van der Schans and the 13 year old gelding stole the win – pushing Leopold van Asten with VDL Groep Zidane (Heartbreaker x Calando I) to second and Gert Jan Bruggink on Primeval Dejavu (Heartbreaker x Ramiro) down to third – ensuring triple Dutch on top. “Sacramento is currently in shape and because of that I could go really fast. However, tomorrow I will start Cape Town in the Grand Prix. Right now I have all the luck that I have two horses that can compete at this level,” van der Schans said after his win.
Earlier in the day John Whitaker was victorious in the 1.45 speed class on Lord of Arabia (Cassini II x Carry) after a spectacular round. As fourth to go, John took the lead and stayed there. In the end he won with almost seven seconds down to Jos Lansink and Ensor de Litrante LXII (Nabab De Reve x Mr Blue). Third was Edwina Tops-Alexander who did her first show on Lintea Tequila (Campbell x Corrado II)– previously seen competing for Italy. “I went for it from the start en I managed to take the two short turns. Lord of Arabia is very careful so I can go fast and turn short. I’m riding him now for 1,5 year and we were already quite successful. I think he is going to be a Grand Prix horse but to reach that level I need some more time,” John commented on his win.
Jur Vrieling and his mare Sissi van ’t Schuttershof (Nabab de Reve x Tenor Manciais) went on to win their second classs for the weekend, taking home the 1.40m speed and handiness Limburg Prize. Leon Thijssen was second with Ulena (Baloubet du Rouet x Indoctro), while Jos Verlooy finished third on The Pugilist (VDL Douglas x Freddie’s Star).
Source on quotes: Press release from Jumping Indoor Maastricht
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