Michael G. Duffy & Lapuccino 2 Crowned in Gaston Glock’s Championat CSI 3*
For the first time this weekend it was a matter of important World Ranking points for the show jumping riders in the CSI 3* Gaston Glock’s Championat. Both the layout of the line and the dimensioning underlined the prestigious level of show jumping competition involved. The course over 1.50 m, extending over a length of 450 m, led over 13 obstacles including three double combinations.
Pulling off the trick of a much-coveted “double zero” was the reserve of 8 of the 15 duos who qualified for the jump-off. First to start was twice Glock’s Grand Prix winner Martin Fuchs (SUI) who, riding Fardon, set down a time of 43.81 seconds, ultimately coming fourth.
Finding the best mix of rhythm and tight turns in the CSI3* Gaston GLOCK’s Championat was 21-year-old Michael G Duffy from Ireland on the ten-year-old, Irish-bred stallion Lapuccino 2. The duo won by a margin of close to two seconds (0/40.81). Coming in second was the Dutch rider Sanne Thijssen, just 19 years young, who saddled up Celine M Z, daughter of Crusador, and crossed the line penalty-free in 42.63 seconds. In third place was a Belgian duo, namely Christophe Vanderhasselt and his Belgian warmblood Identity Vitseroel, who also achieved a jump-off under 43 seconds.
Michael G. Duffy, having made his debut start at the Glock Horse Performance Center, was correspondingly delighted with his successful premiere. “I’m very pleased to have the chance to be here. A really lovely victory! Lapuccino will have a rest tomorrow and then, on Sunday in the Grand Prix, we’ll aim to give it all. I have two more horses here, which I’ll be taking to the start tomorrow.”, said Duffy following his win.
Photo: © GHPC / Nini Schäbel