Again the Swiss rider and Olympic medalist was commissioned to do the little details that led to his second consecutive championship and second World Cup in its history, but in the last 5 years accumulated two championships and two second places. (Photo © citizen.co.za)
When it appears in the first change to the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup in Gothenburg was in favor of last year’s winner Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, two winners of the cup as were the German Marcus Ehning and Daniel Deusser threatened the leader, but again making the small details by Guerdat, they paid him the fruits to become for the second year in the new champion of the World Cup.
After graduating for the first time in its history as a professional rider equestrian jump last year in Las Vegas for the Longines FEI World Cup, the last 5 years for the number 21 in the world at the present time, have been really important in what regards results thus this event, when added two second places in consecutive years in 2012 and 2013 and add two victories in 2015 and now 2016, consolidating as the best for the mythical three-day competition.
As the designer course this time Spanish Santiago Varela, Guerdat was from day accumulating good results, they already left for the final day up on the table to simply fill the small details and not fall into errors in the final three courts and ended with zero points accumulated, beating the Dutch Harrie Smolders and German Daniel Deusser, who ending both with 3 accumulating points.
Leading the 10-year-old gelding Corbinian (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) owned by the rider and La Giraffa SA, Guerdat ended taking home the Cup and 172,500 Euros, followed by Smolder and 12-year-old stallion Emerald N.O.P. (Diamant De Semilly x Carthago) that although they accumulated the same amount of fouls in his last court marked a best time in 65.45 seconds to 66.17 seconds by Deusser marked with the 13-year-old gelding Cornet d’Amour ( Cornet Obolensky x Damiani) to be third.
With the podium by three European riders made up the fourth and fifth place for Top 5 of the World Cup, the German Marcus Ehning completed with 6 points and the Irish Denis Lynch in fifth with 8 points.
For the Pan_American Ranking delegation Callan Solem was the best possessed in seventh place overall, accumulating 9 points and his compatriots Peter Lutz would be followed in 19th place with 32 points and Richard Fellers in the 22th who not participated in the final round, because it was only the top 20. The rest of the delegation remained in positions 27 to Audrey Coulter, 28 with a tie between Jack Towell and Quentin Judge, box 31 was for the Mexican Daniel Pedraza and Charlie Jacobs as Katherine Dinan followed at 32.
Steve Guerdat with his victory in Gothenburg becomes the second Swiss rider to win in this square for the World Cup, after Marcus Fuchs did in 2001.