World of Showjumping

Malin Baryard-Johnsson wins the CSI5* Gaston Glock’s Championat 2019

Saturday, 02 February 2019
CSI5* Glock Horse Performance Center 2019

Photo © Arnd Bronkhorst Malin Baryard-Johnsson and H&M Indiana won the Gaston Glock’s Championat. Photo © Arnd Bronkhorst.

There was a guarantee of excitement today in the CSI5* Gaston Glock’s Championat at the GHPC Austria. With important points for the world ranking, a prize purse totalling 94,000 euros – victory in this 1.55m class was something all the 45 competitors was hunting. 

“The level in this class is naturally very high, and the course is correspondingly challenging,” commented Olympic team silver medallist, World and European Team Champion Glock rider Gerco Schröder after inspecting the course. “The fences follow in rapid sequence and scarcely leave any room for error or irregularity.”

Eventually, 14 horse and rider combinations managed to produce clear rounds. Only eleven went through to the winning round round however, where five yet again left all the fences intact. 

The excited spectators did not have to wait long for the first clear round of this shortened course, because Austria’s number one Max Kühner riding Alfa Jordan (Air Jordan x Lancelot) completed a dream round in 40.61 seconds. 

It was however Malin Baryard-Johnsson from Sweden, the last rider in the ring, that found the most successful mix of rhythm, speed and tight turns. The team silver-medallist from the World Equestrian Games 2018 crossed the finish line in 39.21 seconds on H&M Indiana (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Animo's Hallo) making herself the well deserved Gaston Glock’s Championesse 2019.

“I got the turns in the second round just right and I guess this was what was decisive in the end. I am really very proud of my horse”, said the winner revealing that she will also saddle H&M Indiana tomorrow in the Glock’s 5* Grand Prix with prize money totalling 344,000 euros. 

British rider Robert Whitaker and El Wee Widge (Wheaweij de Landetta x Lester) finished second with a time of 39.60 and third place went to Belgium's Olivier Philippaerts who, with H&M Cue Channa 42 (Cardento 933 x Robin Z), also was clear in a time of 40.07 pushing Kühner down to fourth. 

Earlier in the day, Denis Lynch (IRL) rode Pretty Little Liar (Indoctro x Emilion) to victory in the two-phase 1.50m Glock's Perfection Tour. “It’s wonderful to be here, we’ve dined so well, had some wonderful experiences and now winning too – that’s super,” so moved was Denis Lynch by star-chef Alfons Schuhbeck’s cuisine, the sport and that Glock ambiance at the morning’s award ceremony.



Photo © Arnd Bronkhorst

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