Gothenburg, Sweden – February 22, 2020 – It was tough Gothenburg Trophy CSI 5* yesterday at the Gontheburg Horse Show CSI 5*-W, with only six combinations managing to advance to the jump-off, of which three Swedes. Time became a real challenge and many fell short just because of it. In the end, the best of all were Daniel Deusser (GER) and the super horse Calisto Blue.
As usual, the triple combination caused the most victims, more than one came in completely wrong and took two or three obstacles with them. The last obstacle proved to be a real challenge as well. Newly elected Hall of fame members Butterfly Flip had her daughter Flip’s Little Sparrow to start with Stephanie Holmén (SWE). And it looked so good all around, then the last obstacle fell annoyingly enough. The next Swedish to almost rejoice was Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE) and Ermindo W who made an incredibly good round until they had an annoying time penalty.
First to go, it was Daniel Deusser (GER) with World Cup qualifier Calisto Blue. Then, a bunch of riders came along and pleasing enough were Peder Fredricson (SWE) and H&M Christian K first out, followed by Fredrik Jönsson (SWE) and Cold Play. The last ones to go in the first round, Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) and Castello and came across the goal line flawlessly to the audience’s cheers.
First out in the jump, Daniel Deusser (GER) and the 10-year-old bay Oldenbug gelding (Chacco Blue x Con Air) were clear while clocking a time of 38.62 seconds.
Denis Lynch (IRL) and GC Chopin’s Bushi (Contendro II x Nairobi) recorded the fourth fastest time among the 6 finalists that had qualified for the jump-off but still managed a second-place finish after being the only other ones who left all the poles up in the tiebreaker.
Peder Fredricson (SWE) and H&M Christian K got Scandinavium, crowded, to be silent, posting the fastest time (35.75 seconds) in the decisive phase, but a pole down got the audience into a common “Noeeyyyyyyy” as they had four penalty-points tallied to their score, still managing to secure the third spot on the podium.
– “I was quick enough to put pressure on those who came after me. Calisto is very consistent, he never makes a bad competition. I’m so glad we won tonight,” said Daniel Deusser after the win.
– It started badly with Chopins Bushi but now we have a good partnership, I did not push too much on him today. I let him ride at the pace he pleases, he is better in one direction than the other.
– “I am incredibly pleased with my horse and there were two good rounds today. Gothenburg is such a wonderful competition to ride,” Peder Fredricsson told us.
Henrik von Eckermann
– I have tried every possible bit on him and have found that this rubber bit without noseband is what he likes best. I’m the only one here who didn’t win the Trophy and so wanted to win today, I bet everything on it but no, not today.
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Source: Press release Gothenburg Horse Show (translated and edited)
Photo: © Gothenburg Horse Show