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Kukuk beats Springsteen in edge-of-the-seat speed class at Tops International Arena

Sunday, 31 July 2022
CSI4* Tops International Arena 2022

Photo © Tops International Arena Christian Kukuk and Jessica Springsteen finished first and second in Saturday's CSI4* 1.50m at Tops International Arena. Photo © Tops International Arena.


Edited press release from Tops International Arena



The second day of exciting action at Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands, showcased the exceptional horse and rider talent across all sections in various classes on the grass and sand arenas. 

It was Christian Kukuk (GER) who reigned supreme in the CSI4* 1.50m speed class with his fast and furious mare Nice van't Zorgvliet (Emerald x Heartbreaker). Knocking Jessica Springsteen (USA) off the top spot after her exception round on Hungry Heart (Baltimore 1178 x Loucaibo) but the pair were two seconds off the winning time in the end. Laura Kraut (USA) made it an American silver and bronze as she secured third place on Calgary Tame (Old Chap Tame x Kashmir Van’t Schuttershof) who is known for his vast stride and super fast turns. 

Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) lived up to his reputation in the CSI2* 1.45m Big Tour and set the fastest time with the eight-year-old Mecklenburg stallion Vasco (Vivant x Chacco-Blue). The speed specialist crossed the finish line in 62.36 seconds. He explained: "Vasco was a fantastic and jumping brilliant and it feels super to win this class today. The facilities here are brilliant for all the horses. They learn lots here and I’m looking forward to the Grand Prix tomorrow."

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