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WoSJ Expert Comment; Eric van der Vleuten

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Our expert this weekend - Eric van der Vleuten Photo by Hanne Christensen.On the course: “I think it was a very good course, with everything in it – galloping ad turning. Fence one and two gave a nice start and a good forward rhythm. There were two good options on the turn to the fence at seven – which was a little bit of a strange jump. It was a delicate course; especially with the line from fence nine, ten to eleven.”

On the riders and horses: “It was a very good round from the winner Rich Fellers who has a typical speed horse in Flexible. Out of the European riders, there were some good ones – Rik had a very good start, Harrie was good and Pius had a very good round on Ulysse. Kevin rode a really nice round as well – very smooth and fast. Christian’s round was a little bit disappointing I think, but things like that happen and that’s the sport. It’s also to do with the fact that this is a speed class, and you have to take a little bit of risk. You could also see that for some of the riders from other leagues the level here is a little bit too demanding for a few of them.”

On what kind of horse that is needed to win the final: “It’s good to have two horses here; one for the speed round and a more classical horse for the other rounds. Like Pius has Ulysse and Carlina. With some horses jumping all rounds there is the risk of going quick in the first speed round, and maybe feeling the effects of it tomorrow. Then you need to get it together for the classic rounds again. But most of the finals have been won by riders with one horse, so we’ll see.”

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