Europeans: Sweden's Lundback wins Rolex GP

August 30, 2009

by Lulu Kyriacou

Sweden's Helena Lundback won a two-horse jump off for the Rolex Grand Prix at the European Jumping and Dressage Championships at Windsor, in Great Britain yesterday.

The event, open to all the riders not qualified for the individual final plus the CSI*** riders, had 45 starters.

Helena Lundback (Sweden) and Maddick.

Exquis Walnut de Muze and Harrie Smolders (The Netherlands), who were second.
© Lulu Kyriacou

More than half had jumped without a clear round before the Netherland's Harrie Smolders broke the deadlock. It looked for a while as if the one clear would be good enough to win until Sweden's leading lady persuaded Maddick to improve on his four fault performance of the previous day.

In the jump off she was almost presented with the £9000 first prize there and then, when Exquis Walnut de Muze had two fences down. With this cushion Helena made no mistake to give the large contingent of travelling Swediish fans something to cheer about.

Tina Fletcher was fastest of the four fault first rounds to take third.