Sopot, Poland – June 10, 2022 – Andreas Schou (DEN) scored perhaps the biggest victory of his career on Friday during the CSIO 5* of Sopot at Hipodrom Sopot, overcoming all the favorites with Indepedent to win the $605,750 Longines Grand Prix of Sopot CSIO 5*, under the patronage of Mayor of Sopot, Mr. Jacek Karnowski.
Held as the second most important contest of the event and serving as a prelude to the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Poland CSIO 5* next Sunday, the two-round challenge featured 50 combinations facing obstacles at the height of 1.60 meters, with thirteen of them advancing to the final round. In the end, it Schou who soared higher than the rest of the field, despite not being the fastest rider. However, the Dane was clean once again, securing the win aboard the 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding (Diamant de Revel) in 42.37 seconds.
Once again, Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann (GER) came close to victory, in fact this time even closer. After a third-place finish in the $20,000 Pocztex Prize CSIO 5* a few hours earlier, the German guided Messi van’t Ruytershof towards two penalty-free performance, the decisive one just four-hundredths of a second behind the eventual winners.
The contest featured combinations from 19 different countries and the podium represented that diversity very well, with three different nations climbing onto the podium. Niklaus Schurtenberger (SUI) and Quincassi were the third quickest pair who at the same time managed to leave all the poles up in the second round, completing the top three in 43.26 seconds.
Final Results – PLN $605,750 Longines Grand Prix of Sopot CSIO 5* under the patronage of Mr. Jacek Karnowski
1) Andreas Schou (DEN) & Independent – 0 / 0 – 42.37
2) Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann (GER) & Messi van’t Ruytershof – 0 / 0 – 42.77
3) Niklaus Schurtenberger (SUI) & Quincassi – 0 / 0 – 43.26
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