CSI 5*

Interview: Rolex Rider Watch – Philipp Weishaupt at Spruce Meadows CSIO 5*

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We caught up with German rider, Philipp Weishaupt after he and his 12-year-old bay mare Sansibar 89 jumped double clear to win the 1.60m CANA Cup at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’

What were your tactics going into the jump-off?

I knew that my horse has a big step so I left out strides when I could, and I was aware that I’m not that good at turning her. In the end the turns weren’t as bad as I was expecting, and I think she turned better because she got used to it from the first round when the time was tight. I knew I had to gallop and set a fast time, but not crazy fast, just enough to put pressure on the other riders, and luckily it stayed like that.

How did the course feel today?

The course was tough and challenging especially with the time allowed, which was super tight. It’s always tight here, but that time allowed was short, and that’s why it caused a lot of rails in the first round for so many riders. There was a tough combination at the end, and overall, I’m happy she jumped so well.

How did Sansibar feel going into the jump-off?

She gave me a good feeling in the first round and she loves those big grass arenas.

How will you prepare for the CP International, presented by Rolex on Sunday?

I realise that there’s a slim chance of winning the CP International, presented by Rolex two years in a row, but if I don’t try the chance is zero. L.B. Convall is fit and he loves jumping here, and I feel he’s growing and comfortable. I jumped L.B. Convall yesterday in a 1.50m smaller round to school him with some time faults. I did the same today to give him a nice gymnastic work-out and although he got time faults again, he felt good. I’ll now give him two days off before the CP International, presented by Rolex, but just a little bit of dressage so he’s fresh for Sunday.

Source: Press release by Rolex Grand Slam

Photo: © Rolex / Ashley Neuhof

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