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Frank Schuttert and Beautiful Red Dutch Champions 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018
Dutch Championships 2018

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Frank Schuttert with Beautiful Red in Rotterdam last year. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

For a second time, Frank Schuttert has been crowned Dutch Champion. This time he rode the 9-year-old mare Beautiful Red (Casall x Colman) to the title, repeating his win from 2016 that came on Go Easy de Muze (Vigo d’Arsouilles x For Pleasure).  “Unbelievable! My horse has so little experience, but she jumped super every day,” the happy winner said.

The Dutch Championships for senior riders in Mierlo are one of the most important shows for riders in Netherlands to prove themselves in front of Chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens at the beginning of the outdoor season. The Championship goes over three days, with two rounds on the last day. Schuttert was sitting third ahead of Sunday, but when the leader Gerben Morsink picked up eight faults – in comparison to Schuttert’s four – and Ben Schröder five penalties, Schuttert climbed his way up to the top of the podium.

Gerben Morsink took the silver with Navarone Z (Nabab de Reve x Amor) and Ben Schröder the bronze with Davino Q (Vingino x Monaco).

Beautiful Red had only done two 1,50m classes ahead of the championship. “A few weeks ago she won her first two-star Grand Prix in Opglabbeek and last year in Dublin she won the young horse final,” Schuttert explained. “Beautiful Red has a super mind, is very easy and very careful. I am really happy with her. And when you see how fast she develops, I will definitely try to make my place for Tryon. I have a very good group of horses at my disposal.”

Schuttert’s boss Jos Lansink owns the mare together with Ashford Farm, and praised his employee after the win: “Frank remains incredibly cool and is a real championship rider. He already proved that two years ago with the Dutch title and with the European title at the Young Riders. Frank and I like to ride championships. It is different from a Grand Prix. You really have to prove yourself over several days.”

Gerben Morsink was happy with his second place. “I won the silver and lost the gold. Navarone Z jumped very well on the first day and even better the second and you have to try to keep it going the last day. The first round was a very though course, and he jumped it very easily. On the last line I got a fault too much.”

Bronze medal winner Ben Schröder explained: “Davino Q jumped flawlessly until the last round. I was a bit too careful in the second round of the final. But it was a great championship with a lot of public and top organized.”

The Dutch chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens was in Mierlo, and said. “The Dutch Championship in Mierlo has been another important indicator for me (...) It was again a fantastic championship!”

Source: Press release from KNHS // Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson

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