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Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof's Calimero continue top form to win CSI4* Grand Prix of Ommen

Sunday, 06 August 2017
CSI4* Ommen 2017

Photo (c) CSI Ommen/Wendy Scholten PR & Communicatie Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof's Calimero celebrate their win in the CSI4* Grand Prix of Ommen. Photo (c) CSI Ommen/Wendy Scholten PR & Communicatie.

It was a home win for Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof's Calimero (Quidam de Revel x Libero H) in Sunday's CSI4* Grand Prix van het Vechtdal powered by Handelshuis Schuttert in Ommen. Coming from their third place in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen two weeks ago, the Dutch rider and his 10-year-old gelding confirmed their form ahead of the European Championships in Gothenburg at the end of this month. "One of the best jumping horses in the world," was how Houtzager described his partner Calimero after the victory. 

Fifty riders came to start in the 1.60m Grand Prix, and nine of them cleared the track to move on to the jump-off. Against the clock, six riders managed to repeat their clean sheets from round one producing double clears. Fastest of them was Houtzager, who stopped the clock at 35.43 seconds taking the top prize of 24750 Euro. 

"In consultation with Rob Ehrens {Dutch Chef d'Equipe}, I took some risk in the jump-off but not too many as Calimero is going to the Europeans. At such a big competition in the neighborhood however, you would like to do your best," Houtzager commented on his jump-off strategy. 

Close behind followed another in-form couple, as Willem Greve and Carambole N.O.P. ( San Patrignano Cassini x Concerto 4) secured one more spot on the podium for the hosts with a time of 35.76 seconds in the jump-off. 

It was a good day for the Sterrehof-team, as Marc's wife Julia finished third aboard Sterrehof's Cayetano Z (Caretano Z x Cor de la Bruyere) after stopping the clock at 37.07 in the jump-off. 

Emma Augier De Moussac took the fourth place on Diva (No Limit x Ticallux Verte), while fifth place went to Stephanie Holmén riding H&M Flip's Little Sparrow (Cardento 933 x Robin Z 723).

Fastest of all was the hosting family's Frank Schuttert, but the speed came with an expense in the form of a rail down and the Dutch rider had to settle for 7th place this time around. 


Text © World of Showjumping // Source: Press release from Wendy Scholten PR & Communicatie // Picture © CSI Ommen/Wendy Scholten PR & Communicatie

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