Vejer de La Frontera, Spain – November 23, 2020 – The winning horse in today’s 2021 Tokyo Olympic Qualifier, was Little Magic D’Asschaut, a 9-year-old gelding owned by Camp PB B.V. by Back Gammon, dam sire Nonstop. Ridden by the internationally successful Henrik Von Eckermann (SWE), who is ranked number 17 in the FEI World Rankings, the pair flew around the jump off course with style stopping the clock in 40.43 seconds.
The class was a fitting end to this, the fifth week of the Autumn Tour, and was clearly an Olympic qualifier in all senses. Henrik showed his experience riding the track with great style and confidence as befits a rider of his standing. Henrik is one of the highest ranked riders here at the Tour and his record speaks for itself; he has represented Sweden in both the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and 2012 London Olympics and also won a team silver medal in the WEG in Tryon in 2018.
The class had 60 competitors who had qualified over the last two days here at the Autumn Tour or who were pre-selected on their sporting merit. Only eight horses got through to the jump off in this demanding 1.50m class with many roll back fences, a tricky treble and a very big spread to an upright as penultimate and ultimate fences.
The jump off course started off with a roll back and a windy s shaped section including the b and c sections of the treble from the first round. It ended in a long gallop to a big upright, requiring horses with great agility and maneuverability and of course, scope.
The Dutch rider Kim Emmen (NED) also rode two superb rounds with Jack Van Het Dennehof (Toulon x Quidam de Revel) and took a well deserved second place just a fraction of a second behind the winner in 41.13 seconds in the jump off. Olivier Robert (FRA) with Vivaldi des Meneaux (Chippendale Z x Bamako) again had two stylish rounds and stopped the clock in 41.31sec taking a well deserved third place.
Fourth place went to Ireland with Conor Swail (IRL) and GK Coco Chanel, fifth was another French rider, Laurent Goffinet (FRA) with Atome des Etisses both also going clear in both rounds.
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Source: Press release from the Sunshine Tour
Photo: © Sunshine Tour / Moises Basallote Fotografia