manuele Guadiano in winning form. Ph. ©Stefan Lafrentz
Emanuele Gaudiano proved untouchable on the final day of Horses & Dreams meets Austria CSI4* in Hagen, Germany. The Italian rider won his fourth major competition of the week, and saved the best for last, with victory in the 75,000 Grand Prix der Deutschen Kreditbank AG CSI4*.
On Saturday after his third win in a row at Horses & Dreams, Gaudiano commented that he hoped his luck would hold through the week’s finale grand prix, and indeed it did when he tacked up Caspar 232, an 11-year-old OS mare (Berlin x Padarco 2) for the grand prix on Monday, May 1, 2017.
Forty-seven riders tacked up for the 75,000 Grand Prix der Deutschen Kreditbank AG CSI4*, with a big order of 12 returning for the jumpoff. With plenty of German riders stacking the ranks and all focused on earning both prize money and ranking points for the national DKB Riders Tour, competition at the top was quite fierce. The top 7 all jumped clear, making it a horserace for 1st place.
Gaudiano’s time of 50.30 seconds couldn’t be beat, with Austria’s Christian Rhomberg coming in 2nd on the closest time of 50.93 aboard Saphyr Des Lacs. Germany’s Markus Beerbaum and Comanche 28 placed 3rd in 51.12 seconds. The top five was a show of nations, with Sweden’s Douglas Lindelow placing 4th aboard Zacremento, and Dutch rider Marc Houtzager in 5th with Sterrehof’s Baccarat.
See the complete results list at this link.
See Guadiano’s winning round here: