Budapest, Hungary – July 02, 2022 – The featured event of the CSIO3*-W Budapest was the €110,000 Semi Final of the Longines EEF Nations Cup Series CSIO 3*. After a draw, the seven participating teams got on track in the following order: Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands.
The course was 480 metres long with 12 obstacles and 15 efforts, and the time limit, after three riders, was modified to 79 seconds. In the first round, the fence following the water jump and the last vertical challenged the riders the most.
The first rider, German Marcel Marshall (GER) with Coolio, completed the first round with four penalty- points.However, his teammates Sven Schlüsselburg (GER) & Bud Spencer, Sophie Hinners (GER) & Millon Dollar and Jörne Sprehe (GER) & Hot Easy all finished with clear rides.
So, after the first round, Germany was in the lead with no penalties.
The first starter of the home team, Balázs Horváth (HUN) with Quickchin Wh Z, ridden previously at the legs of the series in Bratislava and Mannheim, managed to post a clear round.
For Gábor Szabó, Jnr. (HUN) & Mezohegyes Chabala and Vince Jármy (HUN) & Jb Koronaor, one fence fell, and András Kövy, Jnr. (HUN) & Faquitol-S closed with eight penalty-points. With a total of 12 penalties, the Hungarian team took fourth place after the first round.
The Greek riders had to battle the pressure too, as they had to manage with three riders instead of four in their team. Angelos Touloupis (GRE) and Lord Mexx, winner of the Grand Prix of the weekend, finished this time with 4 penalty-points. After Emile Karim Fares’s (GRE) 8-point ride aboard Captain Z and Kriton Zafiropoulos’ 11-point first round performance on Dicaprio, the Greek team finished the first round in sixth place.
The Austrian fans could not complain as their team finished third with only four penalty-points. Two lady riders, Katharina Rhomberg (AUT) & Cuma and Alessandra Reich (AUT) & Loyd, rode with no penalties, and for Gerfried Puck (AUT) & Equitron Naxcel V had only one fence fall down.
The Dutch riders were last to start in the first round. Their riders made more mistakes than we have become used to seeing from them in the previous days. The pairs of Bart Lips (NED) & Hurricane D.D. and Teddy Van de Rijt (NED) & Gino left the course with 4 penalty-points each, while the pairs of Demi van Grunsven (NED) & Hucinta and Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) & A S Bombay both left with 8 fault points, which put the team in fifth place.
In the second round, riders rode in reverse order. Few competitors improved on their previous results.
The Italian duo, Massimo Grossato (ITA) and D Mark surprised the audience with a clear second round after a disastrous first one. Piergiorgio Bucci & Carpe Diem J&F Champblanc also managed a no penalties round and the third rider, Filippo Marco Bologni (ITA) & Quilazio finished with only four penalty-points.
The Dutch team’s most experienced rider, Wout-Jan van der Schans (NED) and A S Bombay took a clear spin. Teddy Van de Rijt and Bart Lips both finished with four penalties.
For the Hungarian team, András Kövy, Jnr. (HUN) & Faquitol-S delivered a clear round, but the other riders scored a total of 12 penalty-points.
The Austrian team started the second round only with three members as Katharina Rhomberg (AUT) and Cuma retired. Gerfried Puck (AUT) manged to ride a clear course aboard Equitron Naxcel V but Alessandra Reich (AUT) & Loyd and Christoph Obernauer (AUT) & Kleons Renegade could not repeat this and the team posted 16 penalty-points in the end.
The Swiss team again added eight penalty-points to their total of the first round. Elian Baumann (SUI) with Little Lumpi E rode clear, but Aurelia Loser (SUI & Anaba Haize and Romain Duguet (SUI) & Bel Canto de Boguin each finished with one down while Edwin Smits (SUI) & Fleur Sinaa-A closed with eight penalty-points.
The German riders gave their all for the win, Marcel Marschall (GER) and Coolio could not add to the team’s score this time either.
Two of the team’s ladies, Sophie Hinners (GER) & Million Dollar had four penalty-points. Their performance was matched Jörne Sprehe (GER) & Hot Easy, also registered four points.
Sven Schlüsselburg (GER) and Bud Spencer, however, managed what no one else in the entire field could – completing both rounds clear.
Final Results – €110,000 Semi-Final of the Longines EEF Nations Cup Series – Budapest CSIO 3*
1) Team Germany – 8
2) Team Switzerland – 12
3) Team Austria – 20
Source: Press Release (edited) from National Riding Hall / CSIO Budapest
Photos: © CSIO Budapest / lovasfoto.hu – Krisztina Hajdu