SHOWJUMPING GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER CSI3* 1-4 February ‘Chilled but competitive’: Martin Fuchs and Cool And Easy en route to their first grand prix success together Glock Horse Performance Center CSI3*, Treffen, Austria SWITZERLAND’S Martin Fuchs cemented his new partnership with the highly experienced Cool And Easy by winning the grand prix at Glock’s. It was a first victory for the pair, and they breezed round the jump-off in 43.3sec in a manner fitting to the 14-year-old grey’s name. “He’s a very fast, competitive horse so I knew I could win if it all came together,” said Martin. “He’s a chilled, cool character but also very sensitive — he’s got a lot of blood.” The Contender gelding, who is owned by Paul Bücheler, came to the 25-year-old rising star in November, but has competed at CSI5* and Nations Cup level with the likes of Hans-Dieter Dreher, Jessica Kurten and Beat Mändli over the years. Martin will aim Cool And Easy at CSI5* shows now, and he is one of three horses Martin hopes will earn him a place on the Swiss team for the World Equestrian Games in September. Latvia’s Kristaps Neretnieks posted a valiant effort in second on 13-year-old Moon Ray, going flat out to the final oxer. Wilm Vermeir rode with a little more caution on the less experienced Victory’s a breeze for Cool And Easy A new partnership coasts to grand prix success, while Laura Renwick wins on a promising young mare and Michael Duffy lands a 1.50m with a ‘special’ horse By CATHERINE AUSTEN nine-year-old DM Jacqmotte and collected third. Undoubtedly the biggest cheer of the show was reserved for fourth-placed Gerco Schröder and Glock’s London NOP. The handsome chestnut, who many will remember winning individual and team silver medals six years ago at the London Olympics, is owned by the show’s sponsors, Gaston and Kathrin Glock, and has been one of the superstars of the sport. Gerco rode two immaculate rounds, but didn’t hassle his old friend, who is now 16 years old. “He’s a very special horse to me,” said Gerco. “He knows when it matters. He is like a machine — you press the button and he goes. “He feels great again, but we don’t overjump him now. He will tell us what he wants to do.” Gerco was elated — and a little relieved — to take a 1.45m class on Saturday with Glock’s Dobelensky, a 10-year-old by Cornet Obolensky. “He doesn’t have much experience in jump-offs at this level, so I concentrated on getting into a good rhythm,” said Gerco. “It was a tough track for this height, but Dobelensky is a nice horse; he is strong mentally and has a lot of quality and power. He goes in a rubber snaffle, Gerco Schröder and Glock’s Dobelensky, 1.45m winners 62 Horse & Hound 8 February 2018
RESULTS Pictures by Michael Rzepa and with some more practice he could be special.” NOVITA JOVIAL‘HAS THE ATTRIBUTES’ FOR THE TOP LAURA RENWICK was out of luck in the grand prix, just brushing the top pole off an upright on a curving six-stride line from the triple bar when her Olympia puissance winner Top Dollar VI leaned hard on her inside rein and lost a little balance to the fence. But the British national anthem sounded out when she took the Glock’s youngster tour final for sevenand eight-year-olds on Sunday morning with Sharon and Lara Whiteway’s Novita Jovial Z. Laura has been riding the talented seven-year-old chestnut mare for only six weeks, but Sharon originally bought her from the Renwicks as a three-year-old. “She felt really good from the first fence onwards today,” said Laura, who rode some brave lines in the jump-off. “Even though she’s big, she’s quick, agile and athletic. Nothing seems to faze her; she’s adaptable, rideable and has a good brain — she’s almost an old head on young shoulders and just needs to mature physically. She has all the attributes to be a top horse.” Ireland’s Michael Duffy won Gaston Glock’s Championat, a 1.50m class on Friday by being the only the rider to take an incredibly tight turn after the first fence in the jump-off. He rode the 10-yearold Livello gelding Lapuccino 2, a rangey, scopey roan. Michael, 21, works for Carl Hanley near Osnabrück in northwest Germany, and Lapuccino 2 was bred by Carl’s wife, Nadja, and produced by Eoin McMahon. “He’s a bit ‘special’ — he will only come off the lorry in reverse, that sort of thing — but he’s sweet and intelligent and I really enjoy working with him,” said Michael. “He’s super-careful but has plenty of blood so is also fast, so I could ride tight lines but keep galloping. He’s still green at the highest level, but he has the ability to jump anything; we just have to take our time with him.” Second was another exciting young rider, the Netherlands’ Sanne Thijssen, with the grey Crusador mare Celine M Z. Sanne, 19, took a young horse class on Thursday with Dior P Z, and impressed throughout the show with her light, balanced riding. Saturday’s 1.55m class went to Belgium’s Christophe Vanderhasselt and the 10-yearold Air Jordan Z mare Identity Vitseroel. There were only three clears in the first round over a track that seemed even stronger than Sunday’s grand prix. “The course-designer here [Franz Mandl] doesn’t take any prisoners,” commented Laura. “The last line — the treble to the oxer — was really tough for a three-star show.” H&H SNOW AND SUPERSTARS Laura Renwick and promising seven-year-old Novita Jovial Z take the youngster tour final THE Glock Performance Horse Center, nestled in the snow-covered Alps in southern Austria, hosts a CSI3* in February and a CSI5* in June. Facilities for horses and humans are almost unprecedented in equestrian sport. The Riders’ Lounge at Glock’s takes hospitality to a completely different level in terms of luxury and glamour. Famous chefs produce superb food round the clock; professional stylists and beauticians are on hand — and even dogs can enjoy their own “wellness lounge” with massages and bespoke meals. Thousands of orchids and other hothouse flowers decorate every inch of the temporary structure. Each night Gaston and Kathrin Glock host a private party for riders, owners and guests — which include Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, John Travolta and Hugh 1 Feb: Glock’s opening competition 1.40m.— 1, Hacienda D’Eversem (W Vermeir, BEL); 2, Cornet’s Spirit (K Neretnieks, LAT); 3, Quitoki (J Skrzyczynski, POL). Glock’s youngster tour.— 1, Dior P Z (S Thijssen, NED); 2, Aladina Du Val Henry (M Fuchs, SUI); 3, Glamour (S Sleiderink, NED). 2 Feb: Glock’s perfection tour 1.40m.—1, Tina De L’Yserand (P Schwizer, SUI); 2, Hacienda D’Eversem; 3, Daiane Blue V (D Will, GER). Gaston Glock’s championat 1.50m.— 1, Lapuccino 2 (M Duffy, IRE); 2, Celine M Z (S Thijssen, NED); 3, Identity Vitseroel (C Vanderhasselt, BEL). Glock’s youngster tour 1.30/1.35m.—1, Glamour; 2, Colincor (M Kutscher, GER); 3, Aladina Du Val Henry. 3 Feb: Glock’s perfection tour 1.45m.— 1, Glock’s Dobelensky (G Schröder, NED); 2, Chica B Z (M Fuchs, SUI); 3, H&M Cue Channa (M Baryard-Johnsson, SWE). Glock’s perfection tour 1.55m.— 1, Identity Vitseroel; 2, H&M Indiana (M Baryard- Johnsson, SWE); 3, Nicole (MH Skollerud, NOR). 4 Feb: Glock’s youngster tour final 1.35/1.40m.— 1, Novita Jovial Z (L Renwick, GBR); 2, Colincor; 3, Flipper La Première (J-F Meyer-Zimmermann, GER). Glock’s 3* grand prix 1.55m.— 1, Cool And Easy (M Fuchs, SUI); 2, Moon Ray (K Neretnieks, LAT); 3, DM Jacqmotte (W Vermeir, BEL). Michael Duffy and Lapuccino 2 triumph in the 1.50m Championat Grant. The entertainment included live performances from Robbie Williams, Rod Stewart and Leona Lewis. “It’s unbelievable — and the organisers pay as much attention to the comfort of the horses as they do to the riders,” says Laura Renwick, who is a regular visitor to the show. 8 February 2018 Horse & Hound 63
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