For the Swedes, the result was an enormous relief. Last Sunday, Bengtsson pointed out during at a press conference in Madrid that despite his personal triumph and the Olympic qualification earned through the fifth-place finish in the FEI European Team Championship, there was still another big job to be done this weekend in Barcelona. At the final, Spanish course designer, Javier Trenor, set a fence track that asked for lengthening and shortening in equal measure, and fences fell all around.
1st mother: QUANAGRA (GALOUBET A X FURIOSO XX), SF, 1982
The opening oxer proved testing in both rounds, while the vertical at fence four and the triple combination —vertical, oxer, vertical — also hit the ground consistently. Lining up for fences proved part of the test, with the turns to the wall at fence 10 and down the final line, which included the double at fence 11 and the following oxer, spoiling several tours of the track which otherwise looked set to finish with zero faults.
However Italy, Ukraine and Spain were just five faults behind, sharing a score of 13 faults apiece, while Canada was next in line with Russia and Poland were already well in arrears, carrying 30 and 35 faults respectively. What had seemed like a foregone conclusion for the Swedes however did not quite materialize that way as the second round progressed, with single mistakes from Baryard-Johnson and Augustsson — both at the penultimate double — causing some concern. If the 16 extra faults already collected in round two were to be added to their first-round total of eight, the Swedish dream of elevation would be sunk.
Augustsson Angelica, Mic Mac du Tillard, Swe
The Spanish piled on the pressure when anchorman Sergio Alvarez Moya steered Wisconsin home clear to complete their final tally at 21 faults. Bengtsson had only one fence in hand as he rode into the ring for the last time. The rest of the course was imposing, with demanding related differences featuring big fences and light verticals. With the time allowed only 80 seconds, riders had to push throughout the galloping course, with one eye on the clock to avoid collecting a costly time fault. The triple combination towards the end of the course was formidable, with both parts a little on the short stride.
Many, such as Gerco Schroder of the Berlin Lions, had the middle part down, as the horses rushed through, looking beyond the fences and towards home.
Cascais Charms looked to be on phenomenal form as David Will and Mic Mac du Tillard put in a seemingly effortless clear round keeping the team in the top section of the leader board, and U25 star Philip Houston jumped double clear throughout both rounds of competition. New Miami Glory recruit Denis Lynch moved off quickly on RMF Echo and executed a super clear keeping his team on a score of 12 and put the team in 7th overall.
It was clear from the word go that Cannes Stars meant business. Ludger Beerbaum and Marco Kutscher both went clear in Round 1, starting today on a score of zero.
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The German star did not disappoint his team mate and pulled off another clear putting them in hot contention for the prize. The pressure was firmly on the closest contenders Hamburg Diamonds.
Lamaze needed to be clear inside 75 seconds and the Olympic bronze medal winning combination hit the accelerator but paid the price with a fence down. So it was the experienced Cannes Stars duo of Beerbaum and Kutscher took the honours with Hamburg Diamonds in second position and Cascais Charms in third.
The GCL Championship now heads to Hamburg, where the Diamonds will be hoping to capitalise on their run of success, as the 18 teams battle it out for Round 5 of the Championship. Alvaro Arrieta Konyay, Oxer Sport: Special thanks to my friend Jan who trusts our organisation, Oxer, and I am especially happy with the great job of our Spanish course designer.
We had some of the best riders in the world here and I am very happy. You can see in the results that the cards have been shuffled again. This was one of the most exciting since we started the League and we will see teams and riders change right to the end. It is an incredible structure.
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They are a pair with tremendous experience in these two difficult classes trying to do everything.