Helsinki, FIN – Oct. 22, 2017 – On Sunday afternoon the highly anticipated second World Cup qualifier of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017/2018 Western European League took place in Helsinki. This year the winner came from the Netherlands when Jur Vrieling on VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest was strongest in the tight, challenging course with a time of 36.85 seconds, surprising not only himself but the audience as well.
“This is now my second win in the World Cup and I have to say I’m a bit surprised because I didn’t really expected to be first today. I tried to get into top three and today it worked out in the best way possible. Before the jump-off Eric [Van der Vleuten] said to me that I just needed to let go and be as fast as I could at the last three fences and that’s what I did,” Vrieling said clearly happy after his performance.
“I’m really happy to have such great horses. Glasgow has super mentality and he is really a championship horse – maybe even the best horse I have ever had,” Vrieling added praising his horses.
Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Mary Lou also completed two impressive rounds to take the second place ribbon with a time of 38.41 seconds.
“I’m very pleased with the second place. Vrieling did great job today and I’m not sure we could have been able to beat him even without the stumble in the jump-off. My biggest worry now is that the horse is okay after that stumble. The first round was fantastic and I have to compliment the course designer Guilherme Jorge. Seventeen obstacles in this arena is a lot but the course was still great to ride,” Eckermann commented.
Third place finisher Marlon Modolo Zanotelli managed to make two clear rounds as well and followed very close after Eckermann.
“We have had a fantastic season so far and I couldn’t be happier with today’s result. The horse was really good already in Oslo and overall I’m really satisfied. It is a bit difficult to get invitations to Europe but I hope to get more of them in the future and hopefully I will get a chance to ride in World Cup Qualifiers more as well,” Modolo Zanotelli said after the competition.
The feeling during the weekend was electric with almost 50,000 visitors altogether across the five days of competition. The event director Tom Gordin was pleased with the amount of spectators and thanked everyone for coming.
“This year we had maybe the highest amount of top riders here in Helsinki which is something that doesn’t happen every year because Helsinki is very far away and not every horse wants to do the long journey. The event was very successful and I want to thank the whole team for making this possible. I tend to say that teamwork makes the dream work. We had an amazing crowd, top riders, the best course designer and a great team building this wonderful event,” Gordin said clearly satisfied.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Helsinki CSI5*-W
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults | Time / R2 Faults | Time
1. VDL Glasgow v. Merelsnest / Jur Vrieling / NED / 0 | 74.41 / 0 | 36.85
2. Mary Lou 194 / Henrik von Eckermann / SWE / 0 | 72.01 / 0 | 38.41
3. Celena VDL / Marlon Modolo Zanotelli / BRA / 0 | 75.05 / 0 | 38.60
4. Catwalk IV / Robert Whitaker / GBR / 0 | 73.54 / 0 | 39.27
5. Cayenne WZ / Felix Hassmann / GER / 0 | 73.27 / 4 | 38.83
6. Tanael Des Bonnes / Aldrick Cheronnet / FRA / 0 | 73.20 / 4 | 39.11
7. Codarco / Chloe Reid / USA / 0 | 75.03 / 8 | 40.16
8. Uno de la Roque / Francois Jr Mathy / BEL / 0 | 77.10 / 8 | 42.71
9. Edesa S Banjan / Geir Gulliksen / NOR / 0 | 74.82 / 8 | 43.37
10. For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC / Kevin Staut / FRA / 4 | 68.84
11. Saphyr Des Lacs / Christian Rhomberg / AUT / 4 | 72.22
12. Castello 194 / Evelina Tovek / SWE / 4 | 72.45
For full results, click here.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2017/2018 Western European League – Standings after Round 2 in Helsinki
Standing / Rider / Country / Points
1. Kevin Staut / FRA / 24
2. Daniel Deusser / GER / 20
2. Jur Vrieling / NED / 20
4. Robert Whitaker / GBR / 18
5. Henrik von Eckermann / SWE / 17
6. Edwina Tops-Alexander / AUS / 15
6. Marlon Modolo Zanotelli / BRA / 15
8. Peder Fredricson / SWE / 13
9. Christian Rhomberg / AUT / 13
10. Douglas Lindelow / SWE / 12
10. Felix Hassmann / GER / 12
For full standings, click here.