Ommen, The Netherlands – July 09, 2023 – Happy faces at the showgrounds and a relieved face of the organization of CSI Ommen. British rider Jodie Hall McAteer (GBR) gave jump-off lessons and won the main class and the winner`s jackpot of the €60,000 jackpot. Michael Greeve (NED) from Veeningen finished second to the nine-year-old self-trained rider Jacksonville Eurohill (Emerald), taking home 12,000 euros.
The Grand Prix of the Vechtdal CSI 3*, powered by Handelshuis Schuttert & Province of Overijssel is part of the Bemer Riders Tour and had a somewhat different formula. The best twelve riders (25% of the field) were allowed to return for the winning round, up to large relief of five riders with a fault in the first round. The Belgian Koen Vereecke (BEL) took the lead that rematch was the best and sent his power house Lector vd Bisschop (Bamako de Muze) to fourth prize, behind Irishman Harry Allen (IRL) with Calculatus (Cachasiini).
Jodie Hall McAteer (GBR) was the first to take the tight indoor route to the BEMER oxer and gained considerable time there with Kimosa van het Kritrahof (Chatman). “I’m up too such a fantastic horse. She fights for it in the ring. She is often a bit on the lazy side, but when she is in the ring, then she wants to do well”, laughs the rider, who is not the least bit herself. In She has already won many international Grands Prix during her pony time and she is currently in 118th place in the world ranking.
The British was admitted to the Rolex Young Riders Academy three years ago and was allowed half a year of training at the BWG Stables of Ben, Wim and Gerco Schröder in Tubbergen. “I never left,” she says. The Schröders are happy with her too. “Ben mainly trains her. She is an abnormal winner of herself. Immensely driven, you must almost slow her down”, says Wim Schröder. The result would have been closer, with another BWG stable rider Matt Garrigan (IRL) finishing second if it were not due to the mistake of Quantum Robin V (Carom), causing the fast Irishman to drop to eighth place.
Jodie Hall McAteer (GBR) will remain in Twente for the time being. “I learn so much and have a great time team behind me. I want nothing more than to develop as a rider and ever driving championships. I like horseback riding, competitions and winning. It is also much more practical to go to the competitions from the Netherlands instead of from England. Yes of course I miss my family, but I will see them soon. I’m allowed in Hickstead and London driving. My horses leave tonight and then I’ll be there for a few weeks At home. ”
The British will leave CSI Ommen with a better feeling than the past two editions. “Certainly, two years ago I had to go home on day two already because I had Covid and last year I had not my week and a mistake in the Grand Prix. This was nicer. I’ve enjoyed it. Everything was like that fantastic for each other and there was a great audience. My horse deserved to too winning, it was a while ago,” she laughs.
The number two, Jacksonville Eurohill (Emerald x Carambole), was also a feast for the eyes eye to watch. At first glance, he doesn’t seem fast at all, but a craftsman Michael Greeve knows exactly how to make the most of the seven-mile strides. “Yes I have being able to make up a lot of time in the long lines with a gallop jump here and there fewer. It couldn’t be much faster. He did his best. I’ve had many since I was four years old had faith. It is a big horse, you will notice that, they have to gain strength, but he already does it very easily”, says Michael Greeve, who competed in the 1.60m a year ago country competition in Knokke rode with Jacksonville’s mother Fyolieta. The mare jumps nowadays her courses in America.
“Fortunately, there is no rush to sell Jacksonville. He is the only horse at the moment with which I can jump this kind of tests, the rest are eight years and younger. Without him I wouldn’t have been able to participate this afternoon and that would have been a shame. CSI Ommen is one fantastic competition with a super atmosphere and very good and exciting sport. no tristar, but worthy of four stars in my eyes!”
And so CSI Ommen concluded with nothing but compliments!
Final Results – €60,000 Grand Prix van het Vechtdal CSI 3*, powered by Handelshuis Schuttert & Provincie Overijssel
1) Jodie Hall Mcateer (GBR) & Kimosa van het Kritrahof – 0 / 0 – 42.27
2) Michael Greeve (NED) & Jacksonville Eurohill – 0 / 0 – 43.50
3) Harry Allen (IRL) & Calculatus – 0 / 0 – 43.63
Source: Press Release by Wendy Scholten (translated & edited) for CSI Ommen
Photo: © CSI Ommen / Foto Trailer