The young horses finish off their second week of jumping yesterday with many on the way to qualifying for the final on February 24. Grégory Bodo was in charge of designing the first important 1.50m CSI4* class. The French course designer build a challenging 1.50m speed course which many of the riders met with clear rounds. German rider David Will was once again extremely fast and was the winner of the class riding the gelding Forest Gump 29, who clearly is at his best on the main grass arena.
Second place was for the Irish rider Michael G Duffy who told us; “I thought that I was at an advantage over the other riders today because my mare My Way B. & V. has a very fast gallop. She doesn’t have the biggest stride in the world but she is very fast”. My Way B. & V’ is owned by Ashford Farm. as it was the first time she has jumped in a 1.50m class. In third place was the Turkish rider Derin Demirsoy riding his gelding “Dadjak ter Puttenen”.
The Spanish riders who did well yesterday included Mariano Martínez Bastida, who has just arrived at the Tour and had two wins, one in the 1.35m Big Tour and one in the 1.40m Medium Tour. “I have this mare Hybalia since she was 5-year-old. She is a very competitive in 1.35m to 1.40m classes. The 1.40m class I won with Quicksilver, you know him! He always wins!”
Olivier Perreau from France and GL Events Dolce Deceuninck was the winners of the 1.45m Big Tour class that had very few clear rounds. In second place was the German rider Gerrit Nieberg with Chactus and third was the winner of last week’s Horseware GP class the Belgian rider, Jérôme Guery riding Tango.
Source and photo by Oxer Sport
Photo: Michael G Duffy riding his mare My Way B. & V to second place in the 1.50m class.