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WoSJ Expert Comment from the Rolex FEI World Cup Final; Rob Ehrens

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Rob Ehrens gives us the comments on the final in Gothenburg. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. On the last day of the World Cup Final WoSJ brings you more expert comments on the sport from Dutch chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens.

On today’s courses; "Today it was a completely different world. Today you really needed a good jumping horse. I don’t think it was too much because the horses jumped well and the first two days were not over-done so the horses were still in a good shape. The first round was tough and needed a good plan. It had difficult lines, high fences and wide oxers. You saw today in the second round compared to the first round that the horses gave up a little and then you could see the real top athletes."


Were there any good or bad surprises today? "No. I wished it would be a bit better for Marc (Houtzager). He had two faults, which we didn’t expect. In general you saw that all the good ones came forward, even when the classes were difficult. It was good sport today and good to watch."

On the winner Beezie Madden and runner-up Steve Guerdat; "Beezie is a marvelous rider with a lot of talent and feeling. It is not easy when the pressure is high and he (Simon) gets a little strong. I know him well because I had him for a long time on my team. It was top ridden. For Steve he had the problem of being first in the jump-off. Which means you have to go for it. If you don’t do it and play safe, you may also end up second. In the end that’s the sport and the difficulty!"

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