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Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli and Kalinka van de Nachtegaele win Saturday's CSI5*-W 1.60m Defender Grand Trophy in Helsinki

Saturday, 22 October 2022
CSI5*-W Helsinki international Horse Show 2022

Photo © SRL/Heidi Lammi Sweden's Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli and Kalinka van de Nachtegaele won Saturday's CSI5*-W 1.60m Defender Grand Trophy at Helsinki International Horse Show in the Finnish capital. Photo © SRL/Heidi Lammi.


Edited press release from Helsinki International Horse Show



Sweden's Angelica Augustsson Zanotelli and the 12-year-old mare Kalinka van de Nachtegaele (Epleaser Van't Heike x Cicero Z) won Saturday's CSI5*-W 1.60m Defender Grand Trophy at Helsinki International Horse Show in the Finnish capital. 

Only four horse-and-rider-combinations out of the 34 participants cleared the first-round track set by Brazil's Guilherme Jorge. Delivering the only double clear of the class, Augustsson and her 12-year-old mare took the win ahead of Julien Anquetin (FRA) and Blood Diamond du Pont (Diamant de Semilly x Arpege Pierreville) who had to settle for the runner-up position with the fastest time but with  four faults added to the scoreboard.

“I knew I was quick; my horse, she’s naturally very quick," Augustsson Zanotelli commented after her victory at Helsinki International Horse Show. "I also knew it was possible to go even faster and it’s always a question of how much the other riders are going to risk. I know I put a bit of pressure on them, so I know they had to try a little bit to beat my time, but I also knew it was possible to do so. My idea was actually to go completely inside. After the double it was a very sharp turn, I wanted to do that but when I landed it felt a little bit too sharp, so I thought I would take the risk to go round. The distance to the last fence, my horse likes that distance and in that speed she likes to have a bit of space so that was actually on the plan." 

“She’s absolutely amazing," Augustsson Zanotelli said about her horse Kalinka van de Nachtegaele. "I’ve had her since she was nine and now she’s twelve so I did the whole journey with her more or less. She had not been doing too much when she came to me and I have been building her up to a five star level." 

Saturday's win was the biggest victory the Swede has recorded after returning from maternity leave. “I would lie if I said it was not hard," she said. "It has been hard but I knew all the way that that’s what I wanted; to have children and to get back to the top sport. I have an amazing team around me, supporting me to get back to where I’m today and that also makes it very special to sit here. I have had very good results, but this is my first really big victory after the baby break. I’m sitting here today but it’s not only because of me, it’s because of lot of people."

Jack Whitaker (GBR) on Q Paravatti N (Quality Time TN x Indoctro) took the third place with eight penalties in the jump-off, while fourth went to Jens Fredricson (SWE) on Diarado's Rose Elith (Diarado x Cardento) with the same score but a slower time. As the fastest four-faulter in round one, Gerrit Nieberg (GER) on Ben (Sylvain x Quincy Jones) placed fifth. 

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