Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix Vienna Masters 2015 today (20th September 2015) beckoned the best of the best in the show-jumping saddle to the stunning Vienna Masters Arena at the Rathausplatz. Two hours were allocated for the show-jumping competition – which had points for the world-rankings chart and 100,000 Euros in prize money up for grabs. Unique obstacles straight from the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER in Treffen, the shiny black GLOCK banner and the characteristically wonderful floral decor which is a feature of so many GLOCK events all helped create a mysterious new world – the world of Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix Vienna Masters.
39 partnerships entered this 1.55m CSI5* jumping competition and shared one common goal: to lay their hands on the one-of-a-kind GLOCK winner’s trophy against the stunning backdrop of Vienna’s town hall. The best ten rider-horse duos kept alive the chance to ride for the victory in the all-important second round. Top-drawer riders amongst them included Kevin Staut (FRA) – who finished third in yesterday’s Longines Global Champions Tour presented by LGT; Pius Schwizer (SUI) – winner of GLOCK’s CSI5* Grand Prix in August; and reigning team world and European champion Gerco Schröder (NED). However, it was a “rising star” and an “old hand” of the riding scene who stood atop the podium after a nerve-wracking final circuit. Viennese local hero Thomas Frühmann entered the decisive round in seventh position, but delivered a breathtaking performance upon his 19-year-old Westfalen gelding “The Sixth Sense”, drawing rapturous applause and standing ovations from the audience. Would anyone manage to beat the phenomenal time of 36.21 seconds which the runner-up in Gaston Glock’s Championat in Treffen had set forth?
The answer: yes! 23-year-old Jessica Springsteen of the USA entered proceedings as the penultimate competitor in the starting line-up. With her unbelievably nimble and consistently cautious Belgian mare “Davendy S” (the baby of Kashmir van Schuttershof and Pachat I), the talented Amazon followed the instructions of her trainer Edwina Tops-Alexander, which were delivered shortly before the start, and was on point in her handling of every turn and every obstacle as she hurtled over the finish line in a time of just 35.19 seconds – thereby clinching victory in Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix Vienna Masters 2015!
“I’m so happy to be here. My horse jumped outstandingly well and Vienna is one of the most amazing tournaments in the world. To win here is truly special!” beamed the glowing victor in her interview with presenter Christian Clerici following the win.
Omer Karaevli (TUR), who had previously earned second-place in GLOCK’s CSI3* Grand Prix at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER, claimed third with his BWP gelding “Dadjak Ter Puttenen” in 41.33 seconds in Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix Vienna Masters. GLOCK rider Gerco Schröder steered GLOCK’s Zaranza to a sixth-place finish in this world-ranked jumping competition.
05 – CSI5* Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix Vienna Masters 2015
International jumping examination with 2 stages; 1.55m obstacles
Points examination for Longines world rankings list
1. Davendy S – Springsteen, Jessica (USA) 0/35.19 round 2
2. The Sixth Sense – Frühmann, Thomas (AUT/W) 0/36.21 round 2
3. Dadjak Ter Puttenen – Karaevli, Omer (TUR) 0/41.33 round 2
4. Chap – Schwizer, Pius (SUI) 4/37.18 round 2
5. Ayade de Septon Et HDC – Staut, Kevin (FRA) 4/37.43 round 2
6. Glock’s Zaranza – Schröder, Gerco (NED) 4/37.56 round 2
7. Concordija – Al Thani, Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid (QAT) 4/37.57 round 2
8. Chesall – Delestre, Simon (FRA) 5/47.43 round 2
9. Noblesse des Tess – Bahamdan, Kamal Abdullah (KSA) 12/38.92 round 2
10.Pironella – Deusser, Daniel (GER) 12/46.24 round 2
11.Willow – Farrington, Kent (USA) 4/64.23 round 1
12.Domino – Coulter, Audrey (USA) 4/64.27
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)