5-STAR SHOWJUMPING – €62,000 was the overall prize fund for the 5-star jumping at the s.Oliver Vienna Masters 2016 – a whopping €20,000 of which was waiting on the winner. The Dutchman Harrie Smolders claimed the top prize after a jump off of the best eight riders. Smolders was the winner of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Rome last weekend and runner-up of LGCT Grand Prix of Vienna in 2015. With his 12-year-old stallion Don VHP Z the world number 15 won by 33.71 seconds ahead of Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) with Caspar 232. Gaudiano tied with Marcus Ehning for first place on Friday in the CSI5 * CSI2 * Six Bar jumping.
“I couldn’t do much in the jump off, but I had the advantage of being towards the end. The space here is very good and a nice size. There’s a lot of possibility for the next few years I think!” In third place were Andreas Kreuzer (GER) and Stalido who completed the 2nd round in 34.22 seconds.
The only Austrian in the 1.55 m high jumping competition was Christian Rhomberg (V), who landed in ninth place due to a time fault which caused him to narrowly miss a place in the jump off. Nevertheless, the Vorarlberger seemed to be happy. “This was my first time in a Global Champions Tour tournament here and I’m more than happy with my horse. Now we’re going straight on to the Nations Cup finals in Barcelona.”
Even the winner of this competition has his eyes set on Barcelona. From the 22 to the 25 September the best 18 teams from the Furusiyya Nations Cup will battle to the final victory. “I’m now going to Barcelona for the Nations Cup final, then to LA. Of course I’ll ride in the final of the Longines Global Champions League in Doha too.” summarized the Dutchman in his interview with ORF.
15 – CSI5* s.Oliver Vienna Masters 2016 – presented by s.Oliver
Int. Show Jumping competition in 2 rounds (1,55 m)
1. Don VHP Z – Harrie Smolders (NED) 0/33,71
2. Caspar 232 – Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) 0/34,20
3. Stalido – Andreas Kreuzer (GER) 0/34,22
4. Izzy By Picobello – Bertram Allen (IRL) 0/34,26
5. Equita van’t Zorgvliet – Daniel Deusser (GER) 0/34,85
6. Sterrehof’s Calimero – Marc Houtzager (NED) 0/35,31
7. Caspar 213 – Danielle Goldstein (ISR) 0/35,53
8. Campino 344 – Denis Lynch (IRL) 8/35,62
9. Cornetta 13 – Christian Rhomberg (AUT/V) 1/79,55 1. Umlauf
10.Leonard de la Ferme CH – Pius Schwizer (SUI) 4/72,02 1. Umlauf
11.Clenur – Marco Kutscher (GER) 4/72,69 1. Umlauf
12.Monodie H – David Will (GER) 4/74,67 1. Umlauf