US teenager Reed Kessler has won showjumping’s Munich Championships, riding her Olympic horse, the 11-year-old Belgian mare Cylana.
The 19-year-old made up for an error in Hanover with the win: “There I made a mistake on exactly the same line in the arena. I’m just thrilled everything went well this time,” Kessler said.
“The arena here is fantastic,” said Kessler, who was the youngest-ever show jumper to compete as part of the US team at the Olympic Games in London. “There I was at the closing ceremony where the stadium was packed, but here in Munich the horses are in an Olympic stadium – that’s pretty impressive.”
The win also pleased her trainer, Marcus Ehning, who decided against competing at the Bavarian event as he and his wife Nadja are about to become parents for the third time. The addition to the family is expected any day.
Securing second place was Oliver Lazarus from South Africa, who first rode Pour le Poussage just five weeks ago. He had held onto the lead in the final of the championships, before Kessler took her turn. “I decided to take it like a gentleman,” he joked, before going on to praise Pour le Poussage. “He gives me a very, very good feeling.”
British rider John Whitaker rode into third position with stallion Argento.
Also putting on a flawless performance was Carsten-Otto Nagel, who managed a clear with his world-class mare Corradina, but he opted out of the jump-off. He has his sights set on overall victory in the DKB Riders Tour, which he will compete for in the Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hot on his heels is Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, who is the only one who can now catch him. She and Checkmate, had a pretty bleak day – 16 penalty points led to them throwing in the towel. Despite that, they qualified for the Grand Prix.
Result – Championat von München, DKB-Riders Tour
Qualifikation zur Wertungsprüfung, Springprüfung mit Stechen, international, Höhe: 1,50m
1. Reed Kessler (USA, Cylana, 0 SP/34.78 sec; 2.. Oliver Lazarus (SAF, Pour Le Poussage, 0/35.24; 3. John Whitaker (GBR), Argento, 0/35.74; 4. Dennis van den Brink (NED), Royal Dream, 0/36.13; 5. Lars Bak Andersen (DEN), Cashflow, 0/36.17; 6. Andrius Petrovas (LIT), Aragorn, 0/36.37