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Vogel flies to home victory with Phenyo van het Keysersbos in Prize of Handwerk at CHIO Aachen 2024

Wednesday, 03 July 2024
CHIO Aachen 2024

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Richard Vogel and Phenyo van het Keysersbos flew to the win in Wednesday’s CSIO5* 1.45m Prize of Handwerk at CHIO Aachen. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ.


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With only four left to go, Germany’s own Richard Vogel flew to the win in Wednesday’s CSIO5* 1.45m Prize of Handwerk speed class at CHIO Aachen. Riding the 9-year-old stallion Phenyo van het Keysersbos (Corydon x Heartbreaker), the notoriously fast German rider stopped the clock at 61.43 seconds to take a popular home win after finishing second in yesterday’s STAWAG opening class. 

“Phenyo is a horse that we haven't had for so long in our stable; it's my first show with him,” Vogel told World of Showjumping after the victory. “He is only nine, and he is a very promising horse. He comes from a good friend of us, Radovan Silva. I liked Phenyo from the first minute and said I'm happy to ride him. I think Aachen as a venue is good for him; he can grow into these big arenas. We have high hopes for him, but here I have him with me as a speed horse. At the moment, I think it suits him the best and it is a good opportunity for him to learn how to use his gallop. He has a huge heart and a great instinct for the fences.” 

“Generally speaking, he is a naturally fast horse," Vogel continued to explain about his winning round. "I had a plan to never waste any time, I tried to be efficient and quick all over and we had a good run through the course. Additionally, not everyone tries to win this class; there were maybe ten people competing and the others were just kind of schooling, so it's probably not the most difficult class to win. However, we are happy with the win and even more happy that our horse jumped that well since it is his first time showing in such an arena. He took it very well and was pretty relaxed, and I am very pleased with that.”  

Ireland’s Denis Lynch who had held the lead from going 6th in the ring at Soers, had to settle for second place with Cornets Iberio (Cornet Obolensky x Charlottenhof’s Iberio) with his time of 62.33 seconds, followed by his compatriot Shane Sweetnam in third with Irandole du Flot (Vivaldi Du Seigneur x Ogano Sitte) in 62.82 seconds. Germany’s Mario Stevens and Botakara Old (Balou du Rouet x Espri) finished fourth, followed by Belgium’s Abdel Said and Arpege du Ru (Apache d'Adriers x Quat'Sous) in fifth.


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