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GLOCK’s 3* Grand Prix goes to Maximilian Schmid

Sunday, 05 February 2017
CSI3* Villach 2017

Photo © Michael Rzepa. Maximilian Schmid with Chacon. Photo © Michael Rzepa.

Maximilian Schmid (GER) won GLOCK's 3* Grand Prix Sunday afternoon in the saddle of his eleven-year-old Oldenburger gelding Chacon (Chacco-Blue x Aventyno). Schmid took all the risk in the jump-off and stopped the clock at 41.09 seconds.

“I knew very fast riders had started ahead or were to follow me. But I was even more aware that, with Chacon, I could be much faster than my competitors. I’ve had him since he was six years old and we’re well used to one another. If we get to a jump off and stay clear, we’re actually always far ahead,” said the GLOCK’s 3* Grand Prix 2017 winner with considerable pride. “Our sport is so special, because we work with creatures that have changes of mood from day to day, just like us. You need to establish a relationship, work together. Winning here is particularly fine. On the one hand, because really fast riders were lining up to start and, on the other, because I simply love this tournament!”

Riders coming in behind Max came close to taking victory from him. Gudrun Patteet (BEL) and her BWP-mare Sea Coast Ferly (Calato x Darco) completed an absolute dream round and were just a fractions slower at 41.30 seconds. The third placed rider was also close behind the winning time: Wilm Vermeir (BEL) and his just nine-year-old IQ van het Steentje (Toulon x Kannan) laid down a practically perfect round in 41.50 seconds.

Source: Press release from Glock Horse Performance Center / Photo © Michael Rzepa

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