Helsinki, Finland – October 26, 2019 – The world’s top riders took the center stage in Helsinki on Saturday afternoon when it was time for €103,000 Land Rover Grand Prix CSI 5*-W. Seven riders made it to a jump-off and despite a very challenging and fast course, the jump-off saw six clear rounds. The competition was tight and exciting but at the end Robert Whitaker (GBR) and Catwalk IV managed to make the fastest clear round.
The Brit rode the 16-year-old bay Holsteiner gelding (Colman x Corleone) flawless to victory in 35.89 seconds during the tiebreaker. For Whitaker, this win is his first in Helsinki on this level, so he was clearly happy after their performance and praised especially his horse.
It’s difficult to ride here because the ring is very tight and leaves no room for mistakes. It’s very unforgiving, a little miscalculation with a rhythm can have a big effect on your round and it’s hard to fix later on. First, I wasn’t sure about the jump-off round but I have to say, my horse was amazing today. We have been riding together for almost ten years and he is still very fit and sharp. I can really trust him, he is competitive and can jump any course. These type of rings and tight turns suit him well and I think he is the main reason I won today, Whitaker said after the competition.
Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA) & Diesel GP du Bois Madame
Second placed Brazilian Marlon Módolo Zanotelli (BRA) on Diesel GP du Bois Madame (Cassius x Heartbreaker) also did two amazing rounds, finishing just nine-hundredths of a second behind the winners.
Third place was claimed by Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) and Best Boy 2 (Contagio x Sunrise) with no penalties, tripping the jump-off timers in 36.74 seconds.
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Source: Press release from Helsinki International Horse Show
Photos: © Satu Pirinen
Categories: CSI 5*