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WoSJ Expert Comment: Eric van der Vleuten

Friday, 20 April 2012

Eric van der Vleuten comments on round two of the World Cup. Photo by Hanne Christensen.On the influential triple combination: “The triple combination was optical difficult with the white oxer, and the distance was a little bit long from a to b. So, many horses came out of a short turn to it and especially the ones that didn’t get a forward stride in all came a little long and were diving a little on the back bar of the b-element. And the vertical at c was a short distance from b, so it became hard to back up after that oxer. When you look at the jump-off, the a and b-elements were easy – so it was the entire combination that caused trouble.”

On the course: “It was a very good course again. Also, many of the horses had given a lot already until the combination. You had the double of oxers, you had the oxer at number seven with the water in the corner and then number eight straight away out of the next corner. Number ten was out of a short distance, and the horses had to stretch a lot – so I think for many horses the triple combination came very quick and they had given a lot already. It was technical and big enough – but it was a fair course!”

On the horses and riders: “Monte Bellini jumped fantastic today! Pius has a lot of experience with Carlina which showed today, and I must say Rich Fellers’ Flexible jumped very nice as well – it’s a small horse and it was a big combination for that horse.”

On the final rounds on Sunday; “It’s close in the top, and everything could happen with two big rounds. The list we have now is already quite different from yesterday. I think Kevin can jump his way up; his horse jumped great today. Even Rolf with his eight faults today can climb on Sunday. A lot of things can happen!”

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