Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – September 30, 2023 – On the penultimate day of the WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy, the first Final took place and Westfalisches Pferdestammbuch secured gold as they stood proudly on the podium in the 8-year-old category. In the easy-to-understand format, the Final saw each Studbook put forward three combinations. Each team started on a clean sheet for the Final with no drop score. The winning Studbook is the team with the least number of faults in the fastest time after all three combinations of results are added together.
In a surprising turn of events the first team to go Westfalisches Pferdestammbuch where crowned champions after finishing on a team total of 8 penalty-points in 226.04 s just a second faster in time compared to Zangersheide who also finished penalty-points but in 227.36 seconds. The Westfalisches Pferdestammbuch made up of Ballerina 328 (Owner: Anke Nettebrock, Kai Ligges / Breeder: Ludger Gripshöver) and Marie Ligges, Project One (Owner: Lara Weber / Breeder: Paul Beutelmann) ridden by Lara Weber and Lajacuma (Owner: Ursula Rosendahl / Breeder: Hannelore Reibke) ridden by Hendrik Dowe pilled the pressure on teams to come.
Zangersheide’s squad opted to play it safe after not many clear rounds and couldn’t quite match the pace taking home silver medal position. The team featuring Tirelire T&L Z (Owner: Maeve Jungers / Breeder: Tilleman Cedric & Delphine) and Odile Gierech, Bobby Prova Z (Owner: Prova-Hof Nv / Breeder: Provahof Nv) ridden by Simon Prouvé and an epic clear round from Ecuador DW Z (Owner: DW Stables / Breeder: DW Stables) ridden by Thomas de Wit kept them in the game.
After 8 faults each for the Danish Warmblood team who only breed around 500 foals a year for show jumping, Calgrafi DWB (Owner: Peder Frederiksen / Breeder: Peder Frederiksen) ridden by Emil Hallundbaek and Soendervangs Matilde (Owner: Simone Hansen Scherff / Breeder: Soendervang V/ Else Og Nis Ravn) ridden by Simone Hansen Scherff where saved by a stunning clear round from Untouchable Olympic (Owner: Julie Højer Thomsen / Breeder: Schou Absolute Horses A/S) and Adam Sparlund Olesen to secure the team bronze medal position.
Irish Sport Horses looked on track to take the title as Commandant Geoff Curran and DHF Alliance (Owner: Minister For Defence / Breeder: Paul Douglas) won individually for the third time this week but it all fell apart for the rest of the team making the competition electric until the last round.
Final Results – WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy 8-Year-Olds Team Final
1) Westfalisches Pferdestammbuch – 8 / 226.04
2) Zangersheide – 8 / 227.36
3) Danish Warmblood – 16 / 221.84
Source: Press Release (edited) from Longines Tops International Arena
Photos: © Tops International Arena / Jorge Cunha