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Gothenburg Trophy highlights

Sunday, 26 February 2023
CSI5*-W Gothenburg Horse Show 2023

Victor Bettendorf and the 11-year-old gelding Mr. Tac (Non Stop x Toulon) took their first five-star Grand Prix victory when finishing on top of Saturday's CSI5*-W 1.55m Gothenburg Trophy presented by Volkswagen at Gothenburg Horse Show. 

“I’m really, really happy,” Bettendorf said after his win. “To win my first 5* Grand Prix in front of an audience like this is very special."

In this photo special, we look back at some of the highlights from the Grand Prix. 

Photos © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Full focus for Marc Dilasser and E2K Abricot Ennemmelle that finished in runner-up position after crossing the finish line 0.78 seconds behind Bettendorf.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ To the delight of the home crowds, Sweden's Rolf-Göran Bengtsson and Zuccero jumped to the 3rd place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Not much beats that Gothenburg-magic: A fully seated Scandinavium arena.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Thibeau Spits and Foncetti vd Heffinck delivered an impressive double clear to take the 4th place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ The young and upcoming Swedish rider Andre Brandt impressed when jumping through the difficult course with only four faults to take the 11th place. He rode the 12-year-old El Qlassico TT.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ A fully seated arena and lots and lots of flowers is one of Gothenburg Horse Show's trademarks.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ In-form Henrik von Eckermann and Iliana had to see a pole fall in the first round, but as the fastest four-faulters they ended 7th.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Rolf-Göran Bengtsson's Zuccero has been in a tremendous form lately, delivering one clear round after the other. Last week he won the CSI3* Grand Prix in Neumünster and this week he ended 4th in Thursday's 1.50m class as well as 3rd in the Gothenburg Trophy.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Philipp Schulze Topphoff and Carla 229 were one of many horse-and-rider combinations that had to see a pole fall on their way over the course. Their time was good enough for an 8th place.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Friday's winner Julien Anquetin did a steady clear in the first round with Gravity of Greenhill. The two ended up in trouble in the jump-off though and Anquetin decided to retire.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Fastest of all were Robert Whitaker and Evert. After flying around the jump-off course and pushing the time down with 1.27 seconds, Whitaker and Evert had to settle for 5th place though as a pole fell at the very end.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Marc Dilasser has had a great Gothenburg Horse Show-debut.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Gregory Cottard and Cocaine du Val on their way to a 10th place after four faults in the first round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ. Evelina Tovek and Moeboetoe v/d Roshoeve ended 9th after four faults in the first round.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Marcel Marschall and Coolio 42 finished 12th in the Gothenburg Trophy.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Victor Bettendorf went all in to the last fence and it was probably there he won it. Runner-up Dilasser was almost a second faster ahead of the combination as the penultimate fence, but in the end Bettendorf caught up with him.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ It was only Robert Whitaker that managed to deliver a faster round than Bettendorf, but on the expense of a rail down.

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ A happy Victor Bettendorf who took his first five-star Grand Prix victory with Mr. Tac.

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