CSI3* Austria: Girl-power at Gaston Glock’s Championat! Malin Baryard-Johnsson wins
For the 45 participants in the CSI3* Gaston Glock’s Championat, there was a double dose of excitement today. Because, in this standard show jumping test over1.50 m with jump-off, this weekend wasn’t just about important points for the world ranking list for riders; also at stake was first qualification for Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix on Sunday with prize money amounting to 100,000 euros. The route to victory involved a single jump-off, for which eleven starting duos qualified by remaining penalty-free in the basic round.
Eight obstacles and nine jumps had to be dealt with as quickly as possible and without penalties. As early as the third ride by Malin Baryard-Johnsson (SWE), with her eleven-year-old H&M Cue Channa 42, daughter of Cardento, the ultimately best time of 34.96 seconds was established. This Swedish lady, who models for H&M, reckons she has a good chance in the GLOCK’s 3* Grand Prix on Sunday: “Today my horse showed that it’s in top form. She was unbelievably fast in the jump-off and I hope to be somewhere near the front of the field on Sunday too.”
Second place was taken by Fabio Crotta from Switzerland on Tess de Jalesnes, a mare trained in France, just 0.03 seconds behind (0/34.99). In third was Constant van Paesschen (BEL), with Calore van de Helle, in a penalty-free 35.37 seconds. Sole Austrian to reach the jump-off was Stefanie Bistan (NÖ). This 25-year-old strong female rider, with Celline 2, also achieved two clear rounds and took seventh (38.89).
Good, better, Gianni Govoni!
Taking a second victory on the second start during an event; that’s quite a trick. Precisely what was achieved today by Gianni Govoni (ITA). Today, Friday, at CSI3* CSI1* CSIYH1* International Show Jumping at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER, the “Master of Faster” triumphed again in the CSI3* GLOCK’s Perfection Tour, repeating yesterday’s triumph.
For the accumulator with joker over 1.40 m, the winner of Gaston Glock’s Grand Prix Salzburg 2016 had saddled up once again his super-fast AES mare Winn Winn and absolutely smashed his 34 competitors’ times. Even though a total of 15 duos collected the full 65 points, nobody could beat that best time of 43.39 seconds. “Winn Winn is in top form and conditions here couldn’t be better. This tournament really is first class; my compliments to the entire team” was Gianni Govoni’s satisfied summary.
Coming in second was Suzanne Tepper (NED) and Acascia, nine-year-old daughter of Diamant de Semilly, who were yesterday’s third-placed duo (65/46.61). Malin Baryard-Johnsson (SWE) and H&M Second Chanse completed the podium with 65 points in a time of 46.71 seconds.
There was also a magnificent, confident performance by ten-year-old KWPN gelding GLOCK’s Champions Ludwig under Ben Schröder’s (NED) saddle. With all points secured, they took eighth place (50.30).