The first CSI5* sporting highlight kicked off in time for primetime today (18.9) at the Vienna Masters. The first staging of the 1.55m Mercedes-Benz Championat of Vienna had 48 starting competitors, with a 17-rider jump-off ultimately determining the winner. The audience rooted for each rider from the first to the last obstacle as the competitors battled it out for 61,500 Euros worth of prize money in this all-important tournament, which would have a significant bearing on world rankings. Every error-free lap was met with excited cheers which seemed to know no end.
The crowd was particularly enthused by the phenomenal lap completed by Denis Lynch (IRL) and his 15-year-old Abbervail van het Dingeshof. The winner of the famous golden whip of Nörten Hardenberg and fifth place finisher in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome left it all on the show-jumping course in the jump-off, flying emphatically over the finish line in just 33.99 seconds. Even Kent Farrington (USA) – team bronze medal winner of the 2014 World Equestrian Games – could not match this impressive time. He took second place (0/34.39) in the saddle of twelve-year-old gelding Willow, with Rolf Göran Bengtsson (SWE), winner of the Longines Global Champions Tour of Rome, taking the number three spot with Clarimo ASK (0/36.90). Austria was also represented in the higher-placed finishers thanks to Alpenspan team-rider Gerfried Puck (Styria) riding Bionda Zwölfter (8/44.16). “Host” Thomas Frühmann (Vienna), riding the 19-year-old son of Zorro T The Sixth Sense, missed out on the jump-off by a hair’s breadth having expected to be thrown off at the last obstacle on the course.
Corinna Widenmeyer (CEO Mercedes-Benz Austria) expressed her delight with the Championat’s premiere at the official prize-giving ceremony afterwards, which took place in the arena with a fleet of Mercedes-Benz cars standing by. She said: “The world equestrian sports festival in Aachen marked the 60-year anniversary of our partnership. Working together here in Vienna represents yet another small plant in our shared garden. But even small plants can grow very deep roots and become something extremely big.”
02 – CSI5* Mercedes-Benz Championat von Wien
Int. Springprüfung mit Stechen 1.50/1.55 m
Wertungsprüfung für LONGINES ranking list
1. Abbervail van het Dingeshof – Lynch, Denis (IRL) 0/33.99 jump-off
2. Willow – Farrington, Kent (USA) 0/34.39 jump-off
3. Clarimo ASK – Bengtsson, Rolf-Göran (SWE) 0/36.90 jump-off
4. Toulago – Deusser, Daniel (GER) 0/36.99 jump-off
5. Chaccorina – Kutscher, Marco (GER) 0/37.53 jump-off
6. Ratina d’la Rousserie – Leprevost, Penelope (FRA) 0/37.76 sec jump-off
7. Ayade de Septon Et HDC – Staut, Kevin (FRA) 4/35.38 jump-off
8. L.B. Midship du Borda – Liebherr, Christina (SUI) 4/40.33 jump-off
9. Davendy S – Springsteen, Jessica (USA) 4/41.59 jump-off
10.Avenzio 3 – Sugitani, Taizo (JPN) 4/44.38 jump-off
11.Acovaro – Opatrny, Ales (CZE) 8/38.35 jump-off
12.Bionda 3 – Puck, Gerfried (AUT/St) 8/44.16 jump-off
It is easy to purchase tickets for the VIENNA MASTERS online. Tickets are now available directly from the event website.
Party with the show-jumping stars!
Some spectators will want to get to know the riders not only on the show-jumping course, but also up close and personal. Those in that category should not miss this year’s hotly anticipated Vienna Masters party nights! All information about the Vienna Masters official after-show parties can be found on Facebook.
VIENNA MASTERS | LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR
Int. 5* Show-jumping | Working Equitation | Int. Pony-dressage | Show | Shopping mile | Kids area
17th-20th September 2015 | Vienna’s Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square)