The flying Dutchman Gerco Schröder won the most important class of the CSI4* Salzburg week with a lead of 53 hundredths of a second in the jump-off round. (Photo © Daniel Kaiser)
The Flying Dutchman Gerco Schröder won the €100,000 Sportland Salzburg Grand Prix, completing a formidable jump-off round.
After completing a 40-pairs regular round on course designed by Austrian Franz Madl, 9 riders returned led by Gerco Schröder with his 15-year-old stallion Glock’s London (Reve x Chin Chin Nabab) owned by Glock HPC Holding BV, who they would take the victory in 40.22 seconds.
Securing 100 World Ranking points to Gerco Schröder with his victory, he scored a lead of 53 hundredths of a second against Lars Nieberg of Germany and his 9-year-old gelding Foster (For Edition x Adlantus AS), thus occupying the second place in 40.75 seconds and third place was also Dutch rider Marc Houtzager with the 10-year-old gelding Sterrehof’s Calimero (Quidam by Revel x Achill) in 41.40 seconds.
They followed in fourth place by Swiss Philipp Züger accompanied by the 10-year-old stallion Casanova FZ (Clinton x Darco) in 41.75 seconds and fifth place with the last double clear round Judy Ann Melchior of Belgium, completing her jump-off in 49.01 seconds with the 8-year-old stallion Clintrexo Z (Clintissimo Z x Rex Z).
The best jump-off time was for German rider Hans-Dieter Dreher in 39.42 seconds, but he knocked down a fence to total 4 fouls in sixth place along with the 9-year-old mare Berlinda (Berlin x Gento).
By Pan American Ranking Andrew Kocher of the United States of America got his tiebreaker classification, but completed his field in 4 fouls and 41.64 seconds to finish eighth with the 16-year-old gelding Navale de Poheton (Cumano x Double Espoir), securing World Ranking points.