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Bertram Allen wins Friday's Longines Ranking class in Helsinki

Saturday, 21 October 2017
CSI5*-W Helsinki 2017

Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping Bertram Allen took home Friday's biggest win in Helsinki. Photo (c) Nanna Nieminen for World of Showjumping.

This weekend the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League has moved on from the season opener in the Norwegian capital Oslo to Helsinki, Finland. The action kicked off on Friday with three international classes. 

The main class of the day, a 1.45m Table A against the clock presented by Fortum Horse Power, went to Bertram Allen (IRL) on the 9-year-old stallion Dino W (Berlin x Amour Z). Clocking the winning time of 54,29 seconds, the pair was the fastest of the 46 horse-and rider combinations in this competition counting for the Longines Ranking. 

“I am really happy with my horse, he is only 9-years-old,” Allen said after the class. “I think the course builder did a good job today,” he continued.

Eric van der Vleuten (NED) on the 13-year-old gelding Zigali PS (Kigali x Palfrenier) took the runner-up position with a time of 54,97 seconds, while Gregory Wathelet (BEL) on the 13-year-old stallion Eldorado van het Vijverhof (Thunder van de Zuuthoeve x Omar) placed third with a time of 55,07 seconds. Philipp Weishaupt (GER) on the 8-year-old mare Call Me Ewa (Chacco Blue x Stakkato) placed fourth and the fifth spot went to Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) on the 11-year-old gelding VDL Groep Quatro (Quaprice Bois Margot x Caletto).

Earlier in the morning the international welcome class, a 1.40m presented by Stopteltat, saw a Finn on top. Sanna Backlund (FIN) on the 14-year-old mare Wilhelmina (Indoctro x Bulat) took a popular home win with a time of 25,77 seconds. Rein Pill (EST) on the 10-year-old gelding Alfons Ra (Aromats x False Pass) placed second with a time of 26,33, while Aldrick Cheronnet (FRA) on the 11-year-old stallion Atlantys By Wisbecq (Argentinus x Darco) took the third spot with a time of 26,53 seconds. Gregory Cottard (FRA) on the 9-year-old mare Urhelia Lutterbach (Helios de la Cour II x Emilion) placed fourth and Alexandr Belekhov (RUS) on the 11-year-old gelding Chapter (Colandro x Cheenook) took the fifth place. 

The day ended with a 1.40m speed and handiness competition. Gregory Cottard (FRA) on the 9-year-old mare Une Futee de Wy (Diamant de Semilly SF x Nidor Platiere) took the top honours with a time of 49,90 seconds, while Susanna Granroth (FIN) on the 12-year-old mare Baccara (Le Cou Cou x Ramos Z) ended in the runner-up spot with a time of 51,90 seconds. Romain Duguet (SUI) on the 10-year-old mare TIpsy Girl Loisel (Diamant de Semilly x Palestro II) took the third place with a time of 53,83 seconds. Juulia Jyläs (FIN) on the 11-year-old gelding Copain Z (Calvino Z x Creool) placed fourth and Jos Verlooy (BEL) on the 10-year-old Herald van’t Ruytershof (Lord Z x Diamant de Semilly) took the fifth spot.


Text and picture © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen

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