Oslo: RGB WC-åtta, Eva Ulf kürtvåa
Jeroen Dubbeldam - Utascha, segrare i världscuppremiären.
FOTO: Annette Boe Östergaard
Rolf-Göran Bengtsson - Carusso La Silla, åtta i hästens världscupdebut.
FOTO: Stefano Grasso/GCT
* Rolf-Göran Bengtsson - Carusso La Silla åtta i hästens världscupdebut.
* Peder Fredricson - Cash In två världscuppoäng som 15:e på 4 fel. Jens Fredricson - Lunatic 8 fel.
* Eva Ulf - Caruso tvåa i GP-kürdressyren.
* Totalt 13 svenska placeringar.
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* RGB - Carusso åtta efter 8 fel i omhoppnigen. Holländske Jeroen Dubbeldam - Utascha vann före schweizaren Beat Mändli - Louis och spanjoren Sergio Alvarez Moy - Carlo.
* Rolf-Göran Bengtsson - Carusso La Silla Åtta på 0+8 fel. 9 världscuppoäng.
Felfri grundhoppning i grundhoppningen. Rev tvåan och en oxer, 8 fel omhoppningen.
* Peder Fredricson - Cash In 15:e på 4 fel. 2 världscuppoäng.
Rev tvåan, bakbommen på oxer.
* Jens Fredricson - Lunatic 23:a på 8 fel.
Rev åttan, ett räcke. Rev bakbonnem 10 c i trekombinationen.
Väl i omhoppningen satte Rolf-Göran bra fart från början men Carusso fick med sig två bommar och åtta fel. Det räckte till en åttonde plats totalt och nio värdefulla världscuppoäng. Men världsettan var inte nöjd för det.
- Han var fin i grunden, men i omhoppningen måste han reagera snabbare. Han måste få rutin och ta vara lite mer på sig själv, menar Rolf-Göran.
Men Carusso får fler chanser. I världscupen i Lyon får Casall hoppa. Men i Stuttgart får Carusso bekänna färg igen. Däremellan hoppar Rolf-Göran över både Helsingfors och Verona.
- Jag har inte tillräckligt med hästar just nu för att rida alla världscupklasser. Ninja tar det fortfarande lugnt och tävlar inte mer i år. Men jag hoppas ändå kunna samla tillräckligt med poäng innan jul för att säkra en plats i finalen.
För i finalen på hemmaplan i Göteborg vill Rolf-Göran definitivt vara med.
Redan 13-14 november kan dock den svenska publiken se världsettan tävla på hemmaplan. Då avgörs finalen av Volkswagen Grand Prix på Flyinge. Och Rolf-Göran lovar att komma.
- Jag tror att jag tar med mig Corcega La Silla eller Camilo La Silla, säger han.
Det blir första chansen för den svenska publiken att se Rolf-Görans framtida stjärnor på svensk mark.Söndag, övrigt:
* Rolf-Göran bengtsson - Corcega La Silla tvåa och Peder Fredricson - Holliday åtta i 1,45.
* Eva Ulf - Caruso tvåa i GP-kürdressyren på 74,175. Danska Sidsel Johansen - Chianto vann på 76,900.
- Det här är helt galet, helt fantastiskt! Han var jätte-, jättefin idag, berömmer hon sin Caruso.
I fredagens Grand Prix var Eva Ulf fyra och en av sex att kvala till söndagens kür. I startfältet fanns OS-ryttarna Siril Helljesen och Mikaela Lindh. Men det stoppade inte 53-åriga ridskolechefen från Djursholms Ridskola.
- Caruso har gått från ytterlighet till ytterlighet. Från en helt galen häst till lugn. Då trillar poängen in, säger Eva och skrattar.
Hennes kürprogram innehåller en hel del svårigheter med bland annat halt följt av galopp och nio byten i vartannat steg, byten på bågar samt längre sträckor med passage. Musiken har symfonitema med inslag av Michael Jackson.
- Det är ungefär samma kür som jag red på SM, jag har förlängt den lite i slutet bara, berättar Eva.
Hon har inget att klaga på rekordritten.
- Kanske var han lite låg emellanåt, men nej, jag kan inte klaga alls. Han var helt fantastiskt härlig att rida idag.
* Rolf-Göran Bengtsson tolva i lördagens 1,50 med Camilo la Silla.
* Peder Fredricson - Sibon bästa svenskar sjunde plats i lördagens 1,45.
* Rolf-Göran Bengtsson - Carusso La Silla tvåa i fredagens huvudklass 1,50, där Peder Fredricson - Cash In kom femma.
* Svenska mästarinnan Eva Ulf fyra i dressyens Grand Prix.
* Kajsa Karlsson - Little Wonder i ponnyernas 1,10 för kategori C. Kajsa Andréen - Calle Kvalster tvåa och Antonia Pettersson - Little Irish Lad femma i 1,20 för kategori D.
* Peder Fredricson H&M Sibon bästa svenskar på 15:e plats i 1,40 klassen.
VÄRLDSCUPEN, från FEI:Dubbeldam Dominates Star-Studded Field at Oslo Opening Leg,by Louise Parkes
The Netherlands’ Jeroen Dubbeldam won the thrilling opening leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League 2012/2013 series at Oslo, Norway this afternoon partnering BMC Utascha. The competition attracted a star-studded field that included three individual Olympic champions including the current title-holder, Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat. But it was the Dutchman, who claimed gold in Sydney, Australia 12 years ago, who earned those all-important maximum points.
The cream really came to the top, and it was 2007 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series winner, Switzerland’s Beat Mandli, who slotted into runner-up spot with Louis, while Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya showed the potential of his new partnership with the former Nick Skelton ride, Carlo, when finishing a very close third. Fourth place went to another Dutchman, Maikel van der Vleuten with VDL Groep Verdi, while British riders filled fifth and sixth - the London 2012 Olympic team gold medal winning duo of Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos slotting in ahead of Will Funnell and Billy Congo.
Anyone expecting a gentle introduction to the new season was in for a rude awakening, as the 13-fence first-round track created by Norwegian course designer, Anders Hafskiold, proved a serious test. Control and accuracy were vital in the tight confines of the Telenor Arena, but big jumping was also required, with no less than four fences standing at the maximum 1.60m. Mandli’s pathfinding clear belied the strength of the challenge, and although Dubbeldam followed suit when running twelfth of the 40 starters, another 20 came into the ring before Moya recorded the next fault-free effort.
The real bogey of the day was the line from the massive triple bar at fence nine, which stood 1.60m high and stretched 1.90m wide, to the following triple combination of a vertical to a double of oxers. A strong approach was needed to the former, but that often left horses too forward to the following vertical and sometimes under-powered at the next two parts of the combination. Such was its influence, that this line penalised 23 of the starting field, and only eight managed to keep a completely clean sheet to go into the jump-off.
A total of 12 missed out when putting just four faults on the scoreboard, and amongst them was Guerdat who produced a lovely, quiet ride on the promising nine year old Chips whose only mistake was at the triple combination where Max Kuhner’s impressive young stallion, Clintop 2, also made his single error for the German rider.
Threw Down the Gauntlet
Mandli threw down the gauntlet when first to go against the clock, turning tight to the vertical at fence one, now the third obstacle on the track, and taking a risky but well-judged gallop down the double two fences later to set a strong target with a clear in 43.83 seconds. Next in, Dubbeldam decided to forego his final preparations and instead watch the Swiss man’s round - and he was glad he did. “Beat was really fast, and if I hadn’t seen him go I wouldn’t have tried so hard!” the 39 year old Dutch rider said afterwards. He set off at a blistering pace with Utascha and managed to squeeze the mare home 0.04 seconds quicker, and it was obvious that this would now take some beating.
Brash set off in determined fashion, but Hello Sanctos clipped the first part of the double, and then it was Moya’s turn with Carlo, the 11 year old gelding which was so successful for Britain’s Nick Skelton before being sold to the Spanish rider in recent months. One of Moya’s first outings with the horse was in Barcelona (ESP) last month where they competed in the minor classes. And it’s clear they are quickly cementing a great partnership, Carlo jumping big and clean and full of enthusiasm to slot into third place when stopping the clock on 43.98 seconds.
Chances were Dashed
Fifth to go, Van der Vleuten’s chances were dashed with a mistake at the last, while reigning European Champion, and the man who continues to hold the No. 1 spot on the Rolex World Rankings, Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson, left two on the floor with Carusso LS La Silla. So now only two more stood between Dubbeldam and those 20 precious maximum points.
Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer had pulled off a real surprise in the first round with an effortless clear from the youngest horse in the class, the aptly-named eight-year-old gelding Powerplay which is owned by legendary Swiss Olympian and horse agent Max Hauri. And although they double-faulted this time out it is clear this is a partnership with a big future ahead of them. Funnell’s single mistake with Billy Congo at the second fence saw him having to settle for sixth place, but he has managed to collect 11 points and that’s no mean achievement at this early stage of the series which moves on to Helsinki in Finland next weekend.
There were a lot of happy chaps at the post-competition press conference today, and all of the top three riders had every reason to be pleased with their horses. “I still don’t know him that well yet, but Carlo really tried his best for me today, so I’m delighted!” said Moya who finished third. The Spanish rider is looking forward to competing in more of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifiers as he is targeting a place at the final in Gothenburg, Sweden next April.
For runner-up Mandli, it was a case of feeling really relieved, because his 12 year old gelding, Louis, has had a difficult year. “He had a colic operation in April, and it’s just great to see him come back so well now. He felt really good today” the rider said.
For Dubbeldam it was a very significant moment indeed. He took over the ride on Utascha this summer, but they were clearly not gelling as a partnership when they competed on the Dutch team at Rotterdam (NED) in June. The mare had a nasty fall with her former rider, Eric Van der Vleuten, at the FEI European Championships in Madrid, Spain last September and she didn’t jump for some time afterwards. “It takes time for a horse to get its confidence back, and it has taken time for Utascha and I to get to know each other” the rider explained.
“After Rotterdam we decided to take one step back. I realised we were going too fast, and I felt we needed the time to get to know each other and not to rush things. So we didn’t try for the Olympic Games, and instead we did smaller classes and she started to trust me, and so we began to feel good together a few months ago. I wondered if we were ready for the indoor season, but today I realised we are ready, she gave me a great feeling because now we understand each other and I’m really looking forward to jumping indoors with her!” he added.
Dubbeldam is already signed up for Helsinki next weekend where he could, if things continue to go his way with another strong result, come close to clinching his qualifying spot at the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2012/2013 Final next spring.
The next leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2012/2013 series takes place in Helsinki, Finland on Sunday 21 October. For all details on the event visit website http://www.helsinkihorseshow.fi/hihs/ or contact Press Officer, Kati Hurme-Leikkonen, Email firstname.lastname@example.org,Tel: +358 40 514 47 53.
Results: 1, BMC Utascha SFN (Jeroen Dubbeldam) NED 0/0 43.79; 2, Louis (Beat Mandli) SUI 0/0 43.83; 3, Carlo (Sergio Alvarez Moya) ESP 0/0 43.95; 4, VDL Groep Verdi (Maikel van der Vleuten) NED 0/4 43.86; 5, Hello Sanctos (Scott Brash) GBR 0/4 46.84; 6, Billy Congo (William Funnell) GBR 0/4 47.41; 7, Powerplay (Pius Schwizer) SUI 0/8, 47.41; 8, Carusso LS La Silla (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) SWE 0/8 46.70; 9, Silvana HDC (Kevin Staut) FRA 4/65.74; 10, Mylord Carthago (Penelope Leprevost) FRA 4/66.25; 11, Winningmood (Luciana Diniz) POR 4/66.85; 12, Cash (Marco Kutscher) GER 4/67.49; 13, Royal Power (Jose Maria Larocca) ARG 4/67.80; 14, Chips (Steve Guerdat) SUI 4/68.70; 15, H&M Cash (Peder Fredricson) SWE 4/69.53; 16, VDL Groep Credence Z (Mathijs van Asten) NED 4/70.04. Full result here
Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2012/2013 - Standings after Round 1 at Oslo:
1. Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) - 20
2. Beat Mandli (SUI) - 17
3. Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) - 15
4. Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) - 13
5. Scott Brash (GBR) - 12
6. William Funnell (GBR) - 11
7. Pius Schwizer (SUI) - 10
8. Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (SWE) - 9
9. Kevin Staut (FRA) - 8
10. Penelope Leprevost (FRA) - 7
11. Luciana Diniz (POR) - 6
12. Marco Kutscher (GER) - 5
13. Jose Larocca (ARG) - 4
14. Steve Guerdat (SUI) - 3
15. Peder Fredricson (SWE) - 2
16. Mathijs van Asten (NED) - 1
Facts and Figures:
Oslo presented the first round of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2012/2013 Western European League series.
A total of 12 qualifying competitions will take place in the Western European League before the final at Gothenburg, Sweden next April (24-28 April 2013).
Riders from 16 leagues are battling it out for a qualifying spot at the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final 2012/2013.
Youngest rider in today's competition was Victoria Gulliksen, 20 year old daughter of Norwegian team stalwart Geir Gulliksen.
Youngest horse was the 8 year old Holsteiner gelding Powerplay (Casall x Limbus), owned by Swiss legend Max Hauri and ridden by Switzerland's Pius Schwizer - this partnership finished seventh.
A total of 40 riders from 17 nations were in action.
Three individual Olympic gold medallists competed - reigning champion Steve Guerdat (SUI), 2004 champion Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and 2000 champion Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED).
8 horse-and-rider combinations qualified for the second-round jump-off against the clock including two each from Great Britain, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
A total of 6 riders retired in the first round - Norway's Morten Djupvi (Valle Blanche), Italy's Luca Moneta (Neptune Brecourt), Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa (HH Rebozo), Belgium's Gregory Wathelet (Kronos d'Ouilly), Australia's Edwina Tops-Alexander (Guccio) and Germany's Philipp Weishaupt (Catoki).
Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED) - "Today’s course was very tough for the horses, they needed to be very fit because it took a lot out of them. They needed to be in great condition and in good form”.
Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP): “After this result today I have a very good incentive to try to get to the Final!”
Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP): “This has been a great event - it is always a very good show here in Oslo”.
Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED): “Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a step backwards so that you can go forward!”
Förhandsinformation från FEI:NEW SEASON OF ROLEX FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING JUST AROUND THE CORNER
by Louise Parkes
Just a few days ahead of the opening of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2012/2013 Western European League series, horses are prepared, lorries are en route, and riders, owners, trainers and spectators are looking forward to another new beginning.
The Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway hosts the first leg of the new season next Sunday, and the excitement is building by the day. This, after all, is the first step on the road to the 35th annual Final of a series that has quality written all over it. The taking of the prestigious Rolex FEI World Cup™ crown has been a defining moment in the careers of so many of the greatest horse-and-rider combinations in the history of the sport of international Jumping. It’s the one they all want to win.
And there is always something special about a season that concludes at Gothenburg in Sweden, because it is was here that the very first champion was crowned, when, back in 1979, the then-36-year-old Hugo Simon from Austria paved the way for many more to come as he galloped to victory with the big, bold Gladstone.
The closing stages of the 2012/2013 season will be played out at the Scandinavium Arena again from 24-28 April next year, but there will be a whole lot of great competition before that. And it is not just restricted to the European mainland, as riders from 16 leagues around the world are all vying for a qualifying spot for the Final.
Expansion of the Sport
The expansion of the sport of Jumping is relentless, and competitors from the Arab, Australia/Pacific, Caucasian, Central Asian, Central European, Chinese, South East Asian, Japanese, New Zealand/Pacific, South African, South American South, South America North, Central America and Caribbean Islands, North American East and North American West Leagues will all be hoping to impress, along with their Western European counterparts.
The record of Western European riders in this series is second to none, but Germany’s dominance of the winner’s podium will be challenged this season if the USA can make it two-in-a-row. Germany has taken the title on nine occasions, but Rich Fellers’ victory in ‘s-Hertogenbosch this year brought the US tally to eight.
There had been a long time-lapse of 25 years since Katharine Burdsall previously held the trophy high after victory with The Natural in Paris in 1987. American riders were all but unbeatable in those early years, winning seven of the first nine series Finals, so there was a very long drought before Fellers bridged that gap. And he did it in spectacular style, partnering the 16-year-old Flexible who, like his rider, is a real fighter in the ring. The stallion’s career hopes have been dashed many times by injury and accidents, but he just keeps coming back and, on their fifth attempt at consecutive Finals the dashing duo pulled it off.
They nearly ended the US drought when finishing second at the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final at Gothenburg in 2008 when Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and the great Shutterfly reigned supreme. So the Swedish venue will be a happy hunting ground should Fellers and Flexible return to the Scandinavium Arena next spring.
The Man they all Fear
However the man they will all fear this season is Switzerland’s new Olympic champion, Steve Guerdat, who had to stand on the second step of the podium when pipped by Fellers in a thrilling third-round jump-off at the 2011/2012 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping finale last April.
The 30-year-old has always been a formidable opponent, and in the wake of his Olympic triumph he can be expected to be an even tougher nut to crack. In a well-planned campaign last season, he earned his qualifying spot with strong performances at Lyon (FRA), Stuttgart (GER) and Geneva (SUI). And each time he was partnering Nino des Buissonnets, the horse that he steered to Olympic glory in London this summer where he clinched the individual title in a three-way cliff-hanger.
Pressure is not a problem for this super-competitive rider, and he probably feels he has a score to settle. Accepting defeat by Fellers at ‘s-Hertogenbosch last April after a closely-fought jump-off, he said he was determined “to do better next time”. There’s only one thing better than second place, and with an Olympic medal already stashed away in his trophy cabinet, he will be hoping to add the often elusive but most prestigious prize of the indoor international jumping circuit - the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping trophy.
Facts and Figures:
This is the 35th season of FEI World Cup™ Jumping.
Rolex took up title sponsorship of the Western European League series in 2007.
Riders from 16 leagues on all continents will take part in qualifying competitions before the 2012/13 Final which takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden next April.
The defending FEI World Cup™ Jumping champion is America’s Rich Fellers who steered the stallion Flexible to victory at the 2011/2012 Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands last April.
Riders from 16 leagues around the globe will compete in the FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifying rounds. The leagues are: Arab; Australia/Pacific, Caucasian, Central Asian, Central European, Chinese; South East Asian; Japanese; New Zealand/Pacific; South African; Central American & Caribbean Islands; South America North; South America South; North America East; North America West; Western European.
The youngest rider ever to win the FEI World Cup™ Jumping title was the USA's Mario Deslauriers, who was just 19 years old when he came out on top at Gothenburg, Sweden in 1984 riding Aramis.
The oldest winner was Austria's Hugo Simon, the man who claimed the trophy with Gladstone in the inaugural 1978/1979 season at the age of 36, but who was 54 years of age when winning it for the third time at Gothenburg in 1997, riding ET FRH.
Four riders have won the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping title on three occasions, Germany’s Marcus Ehning (2003, 2006, 2010), Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (2005, 2008, 2009), Austria’s Hugo Simon (1979, 1996, 1997) and Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa (1998, 1999, 2000).
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