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Marc Houtzager is the Gaston Glock’s Champion

Saturday, 09 June 2018
CSI5* Treffen 2018

Photo © Cedric Vlemmings Dutch rider Marc Houtzager and his 9-year-old gelding Sterrehof’s Edinus succeeded in winning the CSI5* Gaston Glock’s Championat. Photo © Cedric Vlemmings.

For the second time this weekend at the Glock Horse Performance Center, Austria, there was a chance of points for the Longines Ranking. Thirty-eight horse-and-rider combinations faced up to the challenge of this five-star competition over 1.55m, to be decided over two rounds.

Those wishing to secure a share of the 93,000-euro prize pot had to give it all in the first round. Particularly important was judging precisely the distances to the total of three double combinations, because any small error would affect the result through a knockdown or lost time. No fewer than twelve duos dealt with the first round perfectly and remained penalty-free but only the fastest ten – 25% - moved on to chase the time in round two.

The Austrian course designers Franz Madl and Adi Appe had laid out the second round within the large jumping arena in such a way as to allow both speed between the jumps and the saving of valuable metres through tightly executed turns. There was correspondingly hot competition to decide among the best ten, and indeed only two duos managed the trick of remaining penalty-free the second time. 

An ideal round in 49.32 seconds ultimately meant a well-earned victory for team-silver medallist of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Marc Houtzager (NED), who had the only nine-year-old Sterrehof’s Edinus (Padinus x Columbus) under the saddle. 

“Today I really was lucky that many of my colleagues had fences down,” said a smiling Marc Houtzager in the winner’s interview. “I was already the second to start in the deciding round, which isn’t that easy. So I’m all the more pleased that it was enough for victory. I’ve been coming here to the Glock Horse Performance Center for several years now and would like to take the opportunity to offer my thanks to the Glock family for this superbly organised event.” 

It was also zero penalties twice for the world’s number 82, Gudrun Patteet (BEL), and her 12-year-old Sea Coast Atlantic (Schilling x Aramis de la Cense). This duo only needed seven hundredths of seconds more to finish and were delighted with second place in the Gaston Glock’s Championat.

Third placed (4/46.18) in this world ranking jumping competition was Henrik von Eckermann, currently the world number four and certainly a well-known face. With his experienced 12-year-old mare Toveks Mary Lou (Montendro x Portland), this year the Swedish rider succeeded in winning the World Cup of Gothenburg (SWE) and came third in the World Cup Final in Paris (FRA). 

Olympic medal winner, World and European Champion, GLOCK Rider Gerco Schröder (NED), riding his 14-year-old KWPN stallion GLOCK's Zaranza (Karandasj x Heartbreaker), was happy with fourth place.

Source: Press release from Equestrian Worldwide - // Photo © Cedric Vlemmings

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