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WoSJ Expert Comment: Eric van der Vleuten

Monday, 23 April 2012

Eric comments on the Rolex FEI World Cup Final. Photo by Hanne Christensen.On the Rolex FEI World Cup Final’s two courses: "I think we had unbelievable sport, it was very exciting yesterday! The two courses were big, and completely different from each other. The horses had to show everything yesterday; rideability, scope and carefulness. The riders had to do some proper riding! Even though the courses were big, they were still fair – it’s not like the courses took everything out of the horses and they won’t need five weeks of rest after this championship. I thought it was very good course designing!”

On the Top Three: “I think Pius made it very exciting with his time penalty in the first round yesterday, so that all top three riders were left with one penalty ahead of the second round – although it didn’t change anything in the end. It was a top jump-off between Rich and Steve as they both have very quick horses and were so close on the time.”

On the winner Rich Fellers: “Rich really had to take some risks as last to go, and I think he did a great job. He really deserved to win, also considering Flexible’s age and that they have done so well together for many years. Rich’s win is also a good thing for the sport in the US! But I have to say that Steve was also top yesterday!”

On the show: “It’s been brilliant for both riders and horses, with great facilities. Saturday and Sunday we had a packed arena, with lots of spectators. I think the show organizers have done a good job!”

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