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Harrie Smolders scorches to victory in Masters One Kingsland 1.45m

Sunday, 29 April 2018
CSI5* Longines Masters New York 2018

Photo (c) Sportfot. Harrie Smolders and Capital Colnardo. Photo (c) Sportfot.

The world’s best showjumping athletes were once again showcased at the Longines Masters of New York in the $60,000 Masters One Kingsland 1.45m on Saturday. Dutchman Harrie Smolders (NED), who is poised to ascend to the number one position in the Longines World Rankings, topped a six-horse jump-off to take the win. 

Riding the 13-year-old Holsteiner stallion Capital Colnardo (Colman x Coronado) for owner Copernicus Stables, Smolders took charge of the jump-off by blazing around the shortened jump-off track in a time of 33.12 seconds, overtaking the lead from Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA), who had stopped the clock in 34.05 seconds aboard the nine-year-old Oldenburg stallion Chalou (Chacco Blue x Baloubet du Rouet). Edward Levy (FRA) took third position on the podium riding Rafale d’Hyverniere (Chef Rouge x Le Plantero) after posting a clear jump-off performance in a time of 34.84 seconds.

“It was quite a good class with only six clears,” said Smolders of the Masters One 1.45 competition presented by leading European apparel company, Kingsland. “(Course designer) Louis Konickx did a good job; it was quite delicate. It was not very big, but still tough in enough to jump. The time was perfectly set. In the jump-off, there were very fast ones straight away. I saw Emanuele Guadiano and thought he had a good pace; into the double combination he could have gone maybe a little faster. That is the only place he left a little gap, and that is where I tried to beat him.”

Of his appearance in the inaugural Longines Masters of New York, which joins Paris and Hong Kong in the series, Smolders noted, “It is always a high-standard event, very exclusive with high quality service. We are always happy to come to the Longines Masters anywhere in the world!”

 


Source: Press release from Jump Media // Picture © Sportfot



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