Historical journey for Switzerland with Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs tying in first place, in a class full of many curiosities. Participation of Marlon Modolo Zanotelli from Brazil and Laura Kraut from United States. (Photo © Nini Schäbel)
In what was a historic day for Switzerland at the Show Jumping, when two of its major world references, Olympic medalist Steve Guerdat and Olympic Team Martin Fuchs, tied for a victory of €375,000 Glock’s 5* Grand Prix.
It is not common to observe in this type of classes and more to the levels of a CSI 5*, that the Grand Prix finishes with tie in first place, with two riders of the same nationality and both accompanied with horses of the same father and same owner, was what lived in the closing of the Glock Horse Performance Center Austria.
Under the course design by Franz Madl of Austria, the first to return to the jump-off of 8 classified among the winners was Steve Guerdat with the 11-year-old gelding Corbinian (Cornet Obolensky x Pilot) getting a time of 49.43 seconds, while his fellowman Martin Fuchs was doing it with the 11-year-old gelding Clooney 51 (Cornet Obolensky x Ferragamo) to stop the clock in the same 49.43 seconds, where both riders took 150 World Ranking Points and a prize for each one of €77,625.
The final double clear round of the Grand Prix was for Irish Olympic medalist Cian O’Connor, already a winner this week, recording a time of 50.36 seconds with the 10-year-old gelding Skyhorse (Calvaro x Quidam of Revel) occupying the third place. For fourth and fifth place, two Belgian riders took care of the situation with Pieter Devos accompanied by the 13-year-old gelding Espoir (Surcouf de Revel x Laudanum XX) marking the fastest time of the jump-off in 48.94 seconds plus 4 fouls and fifth Gregory Wathelet with the 11-year-old mare Coree (Cornet Obolensky x Liberty Life) completed his round in 4 fouls and 49.71 seconds.
For the Latino Ranking Marlon Modolo Zanotelli of Brazil completed his regular round in 5 fouls and 86.76 seconds with the 10-year-old mare Celena VDL (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin) to occupy the 23rd position, while the representative of the Pan American Ranking Laura Kraut from Untied States, opted for the retreat with 11-year-old gelding Deauville S (Mr. Blue x Chin Chin).
The best seed of the Grand Prix and World No. 2 Daniel Deusser of Germany was not on his best day when he completed an 8-foul field with the 13-year-old mare Equita van’t Zorgvliet (Cassini I x Darco) in the 27th place.