Rotterdam, The Netherlands – August 21, 2019 – Peder Fredricson (SWE) and H&M All In went all out to take the lead after the first day of the individual competiton at the 2019 Longines FEI European Championships today in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Course designer Louis Konickx presented a great first-day challenge in which the narrow Longines wall at fence five, the 4-metre-wide open water at nine and the penultimate double that led the way down the final line all proved influential. Strong as the German contingent were today however, it was the defending individual gold-medal-winning partnership of Fredricson (SWE) and the 13-year-old bay Belgian Sport Horse gelding (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Andiamo Z) who topped the individual leaderboard ahead of Austria’s Max Kuhner (AUT) with Chardonnay 79 (Clarimo x Corrado I) in second and Britain’s Ben Maher (GBR) and Explosion W (Chacco- Blue x Baloubet du Rouet) in third.
Peder Fredricson (SWE) & H&M All In
Fredricson said “it was a really nice course. You had to get going straight away between fences 1 and 2, you had to make a decision if you wanted to do seven or eight strides, and that set the pace for the rest of the course. All In is an unbelievable horse, and the plan today wasn’t actually that I had to win, but I wanted to be quick enough so that if I had a fence down I would still be in the competition”.
Max Kuhner (AUT) & Chardonnay 79
Max Kuhner (AUT), who has made a great recovery following a shoulder operation three months ago, was delighted to find himself in runner-up spot because he says his Chardonnay 79 is not the quickest horse “but we improve together and we get a little faster with age!”
Ben Maher (GBR) & Explosion W
Maher was second-last to go of today’s 70 starters. “It’s always hard to wait until the very end, I didn’t get to see Peder or Max go. Explosion is naturally a fast horse, and he was very excited to be here yesterday, he was fresher than normal. I just couldn’t take a big risk today on the line with the Longines wall, that’s where these guys were better than me today. Explosion has won a lot but he’s young and he’s being a little bit careful sometimes at these jumps”, he explained.
Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Clintrexo Z
He said the British have team gold as their target but you could tell this afternoon that the Germans, who hold the record with seven team golds in the 62-year history of the European Championships, are feeling fairly confident even though Christian Ahlmann (GER) insisted, “we’ve had a good start but its not much more, there’s a long way to go.” His breathtaking round with Clintrexo Z (Clintissimo Z x Rex Z) really bolstered their position, and this pair look to have a great week ahead of them, leading all the way up to Sunday’s individual final.
“He’s a breeding stallion but you can’t feel it, he’s a very kind and sweet horse, very positive and really quiet. He’s a bit shy in the warm-up so you have to be aware of that, but in the ring he is fighting for his rider. He’s not spooky at all, so he makes your life easy!”, said Ahlmann who finished fourth today ahead of Swiss star Steve Guerdat (SUI) and his super-mare, Albfuehren’s Bianca (Balou du Rouet x Cardento), in fifth.
Competition 1 Results
Place / Rider / Country / Horse / Faults / Time / Time Converted into Penalties
1) Peder Fredricson (SWE) & H&M All In – 0 / 70.25 – 0
2) Max Kuhner (AUT) & Chardonnay 79 – 0 / 71.06 – 0.40
3) Ben Maher (GBR) & Explosion W – 0 / 71.49 – 0.62
4) Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Clintrexo Z – 0 / 72.63 – 1.19
5) Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Albfuehren’s Bianca – 0 / 72.88 – 1.31
6) Alexis Deroubaix (FRA) & Timon d’Aure – 0 / 73.05 seconds – 1.40
7) Daniel Deusser (GER) & Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z – 0 / 73.20 – 1.47
8) Marcus Ehning (GER) & Comme Il Faut – 0 / 73.38 – 1.56
9) Pénélope Leprevost (FRA) & Vancouver de Lanlore – 0 / 73.52 – 1.63
10) Jos Verlooy (BEL) & Igor – 0 / 73.61- 1.68
For full results & overall individual standings, please click here.
Source: Press release (edited) by Louise Parkes for FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale
Photos: © Getty Images / Dean Mouhtaropoulos for FEI
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