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Highlights from The Dutch Masters 2023, part one

Wednesday, 15 March 2023
CSI5* The Dutch Masters 2023

After three years filled with Covid-19 and EHV-1 restrictions, The Dutch Masters returned with a bang for its 2023-edition. On Saturday and Sunday, it was so full that you could hardly move in the Brabanthallen in 's-Hertogenbosch and as usual the crowd enjoyed the traditional Van Schijndel Bouwgroep Indoor Derby – a special competition where the horses and riders race through the corridor, out to the warm-up, and back into the main ring, while trying to keep the jumps up. 

Here, we take a look back at some of the many highlights from The Dutch Masters – one of the most beautiful indoor shows in the international calendar.

All photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ A full house for the Van Schijndel Bouwgroep Indoor Derby.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The Dutch Masters was host to the first Major of the year in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Scott Brash is the only rider to have won three Majors in a row and the Grand Slam Trophy, here he is with his promising 9-year-old Hello Valentino that really impressed in Den Bosch.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ All the feels: Piet Raijmakers Jr. and Van Schijndel's Gladstone, double clear in Friday's 1.55m VDL Groep Prize.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ It's all in the details...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Hoopla! How about this shortcut?

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ In Saturday night's Audi Prize, it looked as if Victor Bettendorf's time would be impossible to beat but Max Kühner found an extra gear on Up Too Jacco Blue and raced to the win – more than a second faster!

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Victor Bettendorf and Astuce de la Roque were too fast for the photographer in the Audi Prize.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Looks like Jeroen Dubbeldam has found himself a new super-star in the 10-year-old stallion Investment. The pair finished 4th in the Audi Prize after two impressive clear rounds.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Not even the notoriously fast pair Henrik von Eckermann and Glamour Girl could catch up with Kühner and Bettendorf in the Audi Prize.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Mclain Ward and Contagious in immaculate style, as always.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Martin Fuchs' stunning Leone Jei.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Full focus for Julien Epaillard and Donatello d'Auge.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Through the corridor in the Indoor Derby...

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ ...with the spectators up close.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Leopold van Asten's VDL Groep Iron Z showing off.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the best looking of them all? Harrie Smolders' stunning Escape Z.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ All eyes on Willem Greve and Grandorado TN N.O.P., after a home win in Friday night's VDL Groep Prize.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ More highlights to follow...

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