Willem Greve and Carambole raised the roof today in Amsterdam, taking the CSI4* Grand Prix in Amsterdam with two rounds full of confidence in front of a sold-out house. The pair came straight from Drachten, where they won the CSI3* Grand Prix last Sunday. Greve did the impossible, when he pushed Karim El Zoghby down to second place, taking the CSI4* title for himself. It was quite a dramatic opening to the class, with three of the first five riders retiring.
However, as the class evolved, clear rounds became evident, in the end a total of thirteen riders moved into the jump-off, of which three were Dutch riders. The first round 1.60 track was demanding enough, with the faults spreading out. It would be interesting to see what the jump off would hold in store for the thirteen lucky riders vying for the victory.
Belgium’s Constant van Paesschen kicked everything off with a clear round in the jump off round, eventually finishing sixth aboard Citizenguard Taalex. However, the Belgian rider was quickly overtaken by Germany’s Daniel Deusser riding Carriere, who was 1.94 seconds faster. Both Wout-Jan van der Schans and Ben Schröder could not do anything to alter the standings.
This was also the case for Belgium’s Jos Lansink and Annelies Vorsselmans. Julien Epaillard and Peder Fredricsson were also unsuccessful before Ireland’s Billy Twomey recorded eight faults the second time around. Karim El Zoghby, next in the order, kicked into high gear from start to finish. El Zoghby and Amelia left every fence intact to take the lead with a time 1.63 seconds faster than the time laid down by Daniel Deusser.
Willem Greve came in as the last Dutch hopeful,. Crossing the finish line, Greve managed to shave off an incredible 0.48 seconds off the leading time, earning himself a well deserved standing ovation,
Leon Thijssen awarded Leading Rider in Amsterdam…
It was also a Dutch rider that left the show today with the leading rider award at Jumping Amsterdam. After a strong weekend, Leon Thijssen was honored as the Leading rider of the show – after picking up ribbons on a regular basis over the final three days. The leading lady rider was Ukraine’s Katharina Offel, who also was awarded the same title last year.
Source: Jumping Amsterdam