04/12/2022 - 21:01

Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann wins the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Grand Prix Casas Novas

The Grand Prix, which counts towards the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup, was the end to the CSI5 A Coruña 2022. And it finished with a German win, led by Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann, riding "Messi van't Ruytershof".
The name of the winner was decided in a jump-off that only the German rider and the young British rider, Harry Charles, who was the first to go out to the track to make a stellar course with his horse "Casquo Blue". The young Charles turned in a smart clear round in 36.87 seconds threatening Janne Friederike, who became forced not to knock down any obstacle and to battle it out for a place with a horse, "Messi van't Ruytershof", which is not especially fast.
But Janne Friederike is an internationally experienced rider and her decision to seek victory was firm, putting into play the main ability of her 10-year-old horse: its great stride. And although the difference was very short, she achieved the goal by crossing the timers on 36.52 seconds that led her to the victory and 20 points for the provisional classification of the European competition of the Longines World Cup.
The Longines World Cup Grand Prix, presented by Casas Novas, had a course of great technical difficulty, (1.60-meter-high class) and a third factor that made things difficult for the participants: the time limit. Initially set at 85 seconds, the judge and arena head agreed to reduce it to 83 seconds after the participation of the first two pairs, which forced the participants to have to go very fast to avoid penalty. However, the third classified, Max Kühner, rode a perfect round but penalized one point with "Up Too Jacco Blue", while Harrie Smolders was fourth with 2 points per time on "Uricas vd Kattevennen".
After them, 14 pairs were classified and finished the round with 4 points for having committed a knowdown. The fastest of them and therefore claimed fifth in the final classification, was the number one of the Longines FEI Ranking, the Swedish Henrik von Eckermann, while the current champion of Spain, Armando Trapote, was the best Spaniard classified, also with 4 points on "Tornado VS", and finished seventh.
Flora Pérez Marcote gave the Grand Prix trophy presented by Casas Novas to the winner, Janne Friederike Meyer-Zimmermann, who subsequently received the Longines trophy from Elena Orozco, Brand Manager of Longines Spain. All this within the framework of a beautiful ceremony to close an edition of the CSI5 * W A Coruña marked by the success of the audience and participation, which has brought to Casas Novas an impressive list of elite riders in the world ranking.

The Prosegur Trophy, for the number one of the Longines FEI Ranking, Henrik Von Eckermann

The first of the two CSI5*W tests scheduled for Sunday was the Prosegur Trophy, an FEI Ranking test played on timer over 1.50-meter-high obstacles. Thirty-five pairs took part in it, with the vast majority of the top riders of the contest bidding for victory.
Among them, the number one of the Longines FEI Ranking, the Swedish Herink Von Eckermann, who claimed to secure win again. The world champion took part in the test with the mare "Glamour Girl", whose last outputs to track were closely related to success. And this Prosegur Trophy was not going to be the exception. His vertical turn that opened the final path was memorable and decisive to top the classification clocking a time of 62.89 seconds to claim victory.
The young Belgian rider Thibault Philippaerts was close on Von Eckermann’s heels and set the time at 63.43 seconds, finished second with "Cap du Marais". And after the youngest of Ludo Philippaerts' sons, two Spanish riders flew through the course: Sergio Álvarez Moya and Diego Ramos Maneiro.
Asturias’ rider was awarded to third stopping the clock at  64.74 on the veteran "Alamo", while A Coruña’s Diego Ramos Maneiro shone with his own light riding another illustrious veteran, "Texas de Trebompe" and finished fourth with a time of 65.10. The current Spanish Champion of Young Riders put the finishing touch to a great competition in Casas Novas, scoring no penalties on the first day and this fourth place in the closure, on a par with the elite riders of the international course with 1.50-meter-high obstacles.