Marco Kutscher wins Spain World Cup round

February 16, 2009

Germany's Marco Kutscher won the 11th leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup (Western League) in front of an excited crowd in Vigo, Spain, on Saturday.

Riding Cash 63, Marco came through a 13 horse jump-off ahead of Sergio Alvarez Moya (ESP) 2nd, Helena Lundback (SWE) 3rd, Rutherford Latham (ESP) 4th, Christina Liebherr (SUI) 5th, Lars Nieburg (GER) 6th, Thomas Fruhmann (AUT) 7th, Gerco Schroder (NED) 8th, Ludger Beerbaum (GER) 9th and Philipp Weishaupt (GER) 10th.

Marco Kutscher and Cash 63, winners of the Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier at Vigo. © Remco Veurink/FEI
"I still can't believe that this is happening," said Kutscher. The German was faster than the crowd's favourite Sergio Alvarez Moya, who was second aboard Wisconsin, and Helena Lundback from Sweden, who ended up third with Madick. In fourth place a second Spaniard raised the roof of the Ifevi Trade and Fair Centre, when Rutherford Latham secured his place in the final with Guarana Champeix. Riding a controlled double clear round, Latham collected the valuable 13 points that come with fourth place. Chances are great that the winner of the first leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup competition in Oslo will compete in the final in Las Vegas.

The 20 World Cup points meant a lot to Kutscher, who plans to ride Cornet Obolensky in Las Vegas. "He needs more experience, in view of the championships I hope to ride with him. But I'm not yet absolutely sure about my place in the final, so I'll be riding in Goteborg and 's Hertogenbosch as well, in order to pick up a few more points."

According to Kutscher, his horse Cash developed mentally rather than physically into the status of a winner at Grand Prix level. "He's very big and not fast by nature. Physically he was strong already, but now his mind can handle the rapid sequence of events in a jump off. He has matured."