Daniel Etter scores second World Cup round

October 19, 2009

Swiss rider Daniel Etter and his 13-year-old gelding Peu a Peu made it look easy yet again as he jumped to victory in the second leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping series in Helsinki, Finland yesterday.

The pair won the opening round in Oslo a week ago, and in Finland they made it look easy when confidently setting a target in the 10-horse jump-off that none of the rest could match. They collected €23,000 for the win.

Anthony Schaub of Rolex presents winning rider Daniel Etter with yet another Rolex watch after his second successive victory with Peu a Peu in the 2009/2010 Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping series in Helsinki, Finland.
Lauren Hough (US) didn't hold back when galloping into second place with Quick Study who was only fractionally slower, while Dutch rider Eric van der Vleuten finished third ahead of Sweden's Svante Johansson in fourth. This was another top-class field, and in the tight confines of the Helsinki arena course-designer Olaf Petersen tested control, rideability and obedience to the very limit.

Frenchman Patrice Deleveau and his brave and honest mare Katchina Mail were first to find the key to the opening-round course which presented a variety of problems. Perfect planning and execution were required to meet the triple combination at fence four on a good stride, while the line from the triple-bar at fence seven to the following double at fence eight accounted for a large number of victims.

"I was lucky at the double," the winner said afterwards, "it was four strides from the triple bar, and the vertical going into the double was big and then the stride to the second element - a wide oxer - was a very short one. It was really difficult," he added.

In the jumpoff Marco Kutscher's Cornet Obolensky never looked like touching a pole when third-last to go, but the stallion spends a lot of time in the air over his fences and Etter was still well in control when the German rider broke the beam in 39.87 seconds. Lauren Hough's Quick Study is always fast and furious, and Etter had to hold his breath as the American duo set off at a blistering speed, crossing the line just short of the target time in 37.08 seconds. And, despite an excellent effort from the final partnership of Sweden's Svante Johannson and his game stallion Saint Amour, their time of 38.64 seconds was only good enough for fourth place leaving Etter king of the ring once again.

With 40 points already on the board, so almost certainly qualified for the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final in Geneva next April, Etter could easily sit back now and relax a little - but that is not his plan. He intends also competing at the next qualifying leg in Lyon, France in two weeks' time and then heading for the Global Champions Tour final in Doha. However, after that, Peu a Peu is due a break. "He's such a fantastic horse, super-sound and very happy in himself. I couldn't be happier with him," he said.