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Home win for David Will in the CSI4* Longines Grand Prix of Wiesbaden

Monday, 06 June 2022
CSI4* Longines PfingstTurnier Wiesbaden 2022

Photo © David Will and Concordia 49 won the Longines Grand Prix of Wiesbaden. Photo ©

Germany’s David Will and the 10-year-old mare Concordia 49 (Colorit x Cassini) took a home win in Monday’s CSI4* 1.60m Longines Grand Prix of Wiesbaden. 

A total of 36 horse-and-rider combinations had lined up for the Grand Prix, that counted as a qualifier for the 2022 World Championships as well as for the 2023 Europeans, and only four of them managed to deliver clear rounds over Peter Schumacher's track in the big grass ring in the Schlosspark in Wiesbaden. 

Much to the appreciation of the home crowds, Will was the first to set a clear, and was joined for the jump-off by Camilo Rueda (COL) on Indus Van Het Keysereyck (Carabas vd Wateringhoeve x Nabab de Reve), Max Wachman (IRL) on Berlux Z (Berlin x Major de la Cour) and Gilles Dunon (BEL) on Fou De Toi vd Keihoeve (Toulon x Melkior Du Montois).

In the jump-off, Will proved unbeatable with another clear round in 31.14 seconds. Closest came Irish young gun Wachman, who stopped the clock at 41.56 seconds, to conclude a great weekend for Coolmore Showjumping in Wiesbaden with another top three finish. Dunon ended third after crossing the finish line in 43.24 seconds, while Rueda had to settle for fourth with one down in the jump-off.

"I tried again and again, but it was never enough," Will said after finally winning the Grand Prix of Wiesbaden. 

About his partner Concordia, that is by his former success horse Colorit, Will said: “She is a very special horse in our stable because she is almost always placed on top when she competes. She is very reliable and still a real fighter – you could see that in the jump-off today. She made everything possible!”

"I tried to take risks,” Will continued. “I was the first starter in the jump-off. It doesn't help to tactic. You have to show up and put the others under pressure. We gave it our all!"

"I'm absolutely satisfied with the second place," said 18-year-old Wachman, who together with his brother Tom and trainer Cian O’Connor has had a great weekend in Wiesbaden. "David is a very fast rider, standing right behind him is an honour." 

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