Salzburg, Austria – January 23, 2021 – It was an Olympic, world and European champion in eventing stole the spotlight on Saturday during second week of the Neuro Socks Amadeus Horse Indoors CSI 4* & 2* at the Salzburg Arena. The main competition was the championship of Salzburg CSI 4*, under the patronage of Travel Charme Hotels and was considered the second qualification for the €100,000 Neuro Socks Grand Prix CSI 4* on Sunday.
Saturday’s feature jump-off contest had fences set at 1.55m high, with 65 combinations looking to take home the lion’s share of the €45,000 euros offered. A total of 13 pairs qualified for the tiebreaker after a penalty-free performance by each of them.In the end, Michael Jung (GER) galloped off the field as the winner at a late hour. The eventing legend has reached to the top of showjumping too, this time with the 13-year-old Westphalian mare Fischerchelsea (Check In x Argent). In fact, Jung has been collecting top placings in showjumping rings around the world since 2016, proving his maestry again with a clean, fast jump-off in 42.04 seconds for the victory.
The runner-up in the Travel Charme Championship of Salzburg CSI 4* came from Great Britain. Samuel Hutton (GBR) and the 12-year-old H&M Kirlo van den Bosrand (Cardento 933 x Utrillo vd Heffinck) also delivered a double clear, finishing in an honorable second-place after crossing the finish line in 42.67 seconds.Altogether there were seven faultless rides in the jump-off.
Felix Haßmann (GER) was consistent again, securing the third-fastest penalty-free effort in the decisive phase. Two wins, a 2nd place and 12th place were his previous results in the four CSI 4* classes held so far at the Salzburg Arena. And he continued this successful series in the saddle of SIG Chaccinus (Chacco-Blue x Acord II). Double zero in a time of 42.72 seconds and 3rd place in the world class field.
Winner’s Circle – Michael Jung (GER)
“I am really happy and would like to thank the Fischer family for this great horse as well as my whole team for their commitment,” said riding master Michael Jung at the award ceremony. “Fischerchelsea is in a great mood at the moment, unfortunately she made a stupid mistake yesterday, but today everything worked and I know that she is always quick in the jump-off.”
Dr. Christian Hirmer from Travel Charme Hotels and Resorts not only brought his wife Christine, but also their horse-loving daughter Laetizia and son Luis to the award ceremony. “In these difficult times, it is something very special for a hotel entrepreneur to be able to experience such a great event. We have seen great top-class sport in the last few days and we warmly congratulate the winner and those placed.”
Final Results – €45,000 Travel Charme Championship of Salzburg CSI 4*
1) Michael Jung (GER) & Fischerchelsea – 0 / 0 – 42.04
2) Samuel Hutton (GBR) & H&M Kirlo van den Bosrand – 0 / 0 – 42.67
3) Felix Haßmann (GER) & SIG Chaccinus – 0 / 0 -42.72
4) Marc Houtzager (NED) & Sterrehof’s Dante – 0 / 0 – 43.12
5) Bart Bles (NED) & Gin D – 0 / 0 – 43.92
6) Simon Delestre (FRA) & Hermes Ryan – 0 / 0 – 45.00
7. Philipp Weishaupt (GER) & Asathir – 0 / 0 – 46.00
8) Bryan Balsiger (SUI) & Ak’s Courage – 0 / 4 – 42.24
9. Christian Ahlmann (GER) & Take A Chance on Me Z – 0/ 4 – 43.48
10) Julien Anquetin (FRA) & Gravity of Greenhill – 0 / 4 – 44.32
11) Elisabeth Meyer (GER) & Monodie H – 0 / 4 – 47.29
12) Andrius Petrovas (LTU) & Linkolns – 0 / 8 – 44.16LikeComment
Source: Press release from Equestrian Worldwide – EQWO.net for Amadeus Horse Indoors / Horsedeluxe Event GmbH.
Photo: © Amadeus Horse Indoors / © Sibil Slejko