Aachen, Germany – June 29, 2023 – When David Will (GER) and the ten-year-old Holstein-bred gelding, Zaccorado Blue (VDL Zirocco Blue x Acorado), crossed the finish line of the 1.50-meter jumping competition against the clock, the €26,200 STAWAG Prize CSIO 5*, the clock stopped in 59.72 seconds. None of his following 34 fellow riders were able to match that time. Not even those who didn’t jump clear like Will.
Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) and his Selle Français gelding, Vestmalle des Cotis (Baloubet du Rouet x Landor S), came the closest with a clear round in 60.88 seconds. Third place went to the rider from Colombia, Roberto Teran Tafur (COL) and his Irish mare, BP Wakita (Pacino x Cruising), with whom he also came third in the Prize of StädteRegion Aachen yesterday. Today, the pair took 62.22 seconds to finish the course.
Two jumping classes, two start-to-finish victories – how does one do that? David Will: “Well, when you go first, you don’t know what is going to happen, so you have to risk everything.” Full risk, full gain. Will thinks a lot of the ten-year-old, Zaccorado Blue: “I have had him since he was about two. He is one of my best horses. But I don’t quite think he has reached his full potential yet.” That means he is a perspective 5-star Grand Prix horse. “That is the goal for the second half of the season,” confirmed Will.
His own goal is to hopefully qualify for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday tomorrow in the RWE Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia tomorrow with My Prins van Dorperheide.
Final Results – €26,200 STAWAG-Prize CSIO 5* – 1.50m
1) David Will (GER) & Zaccorado Blue – 0 – 59.72
2) Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) & Vestmalle des Cotis – 0 – 60.88
3) Roberto Teran Tafur (COL) & BP Wakita – 0 – 62.22
Source: Press Release from CHIO Aachen
Photo: © CHIO Aachen / Michael Strauch