Schurtenberger claims Grand Prix victory
The Swiss Niklaus Schurtenberger with mare C-Steffra have become the spectacular winners of today’s Grand Prix for the prize of PKN Orlen.
The 155 cm competition was unquestionably the toughest one along Friday’s menu list. Only five out 48 picked up no penalties throughout the round, thus securing their participation in the jump-off. The latter itself resulted in three clears – with Schurtenberger delivering one, clocking 41.82 seconds.
Just two seconds behind came the Italian Giulia Martinengo Marquet with Elzas – stopping the clock in 43,88 seconds. The bronze went to Gerrit Nieberg from Germany, who completed the course with his 10-year-old Westphalian Benie in a time of 45.35 seconds.
‘The parkour was quite a challenge, one of those few I had to focus a lot on the riding. That is why, I guess, only five of us delivered a clear one.’ – admitted the 53-year-old Swiss. Today’s victory is and obvious lift-up and makes our team look forward to Sunday’s Nations Cup even more.’
As for Poland, Wojciech Wojcianiec with Chintablue picked up four penalty points, finishing 11th, which ‘leaves a lot to be desired’ – as he stated.