Helsinki, Finland – October 25, 2019 – In recent years, Friday evening’s €30,000 Fortum HorsePower International Prize CSI 5*-W has been successful for Swiss riders, and the streak continued also this year when Pius Schwizer on Balou Rubin R claimed top honors in the 1.45m speed challenge.
With an amazing round in just 48.74 seconds the Swiss and the 12-year-old dark bay Oldenburg gelding (Balou du Rouet x Couleur-Rubin) narrowly beat the second placed Olivier Robert (FRA) and Eros (Querlybet Hero x Forever) from France who cleared the course in 48.94 seconds.
Henk van de Pol (NED) on Looyman Z (Numero Uno x Wellington) placed third with no penalties and a time of 49 seconds flat.
Schwizer has already won 40 competitions this year, which tells a little something about his talent and speed.
Winner’s Circle – Pius Schwizer (SUI)
“Balou Rubin R is a very fast horse, it’s incredible. It is very careful and spooky, good horse for the classes up to 155 cm but too careful for the GP level.” – Pius Schwizer (SUI) described his horse.
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Source: Press release from the Helsinki International Horse Show
Photo: © HIHS / Satu Pirinen