08/12/2017 - 23:33

Van der Vleuten and Van Asten, two Dutch in the Massimo Dutti Trophy podium

It was a great night for Netherlands in the CSI5*-W A Coruña, with the great triumph of Maikel van der Vleuten in the Massimo Dutti Trophy, the test of more difficulty of those disputed today in the equestrian center of Casas Novas. 

The rider, sixth in the World Ranking, was the only one capable of resisting the pressure and surpassing the time of his compatriot Leopold van Asten. Van der Vleuten was gold at the last World Equestrian Games, and this year he won the Grand Prix at the stage of the World Cup in Verona. 

The Dutchman, riding Salomon, stopped the clock in 34.65 seconds without any penalty. The podium was completed by Leopold van Asten and VDL Groep Miss Untouchable with 35.82 seconds and the German rider Ludger Beerbaum, who, riding to Chiara, made a time of 36.62 seconds.
Maikel van der Vleuten said that “I always try to do as much as I can for my own feeling, if I know I can't beat the time, I know I shouldn't give it a try. But the first round, I had a good feeling so for the second round the horse gave me a good feeling and that I should go for it”. Also, the rider declares that “It's a very good organization, and they have a really good course designer. It's a great spot to be with the other entire top rider”. About the Grand Prix he thinks “there will be a good level and then I'm looking forward to the World Cup on Sunday and I think we are going to see great sport with great riders“. Marta Ortega gave him the trophy, accompanied by Massimo Dutti's communication manager, Eva Bautista.

On its behalf, in the Spanish participation, Álvarez Aznar added for the second time today a fourth place in this first day of the International Jumping Competition 5* A Coruña. Only 10 pairs of the total of 44 participants qualified for the tiebreak, in the most difficult test of the day. 

Tomorrow’s schedule

The equestrian center Casas Novas will open again its doors tomorrow, Saturday, with a new day to enjoy the high equestrian level. The three tests of the day will be played in the afternoon, two of them in category 2* and the last in 5*. At 3:30pm the Lexus Trophy, of 1.30 meters, will start under a speed and handiness scale; at 5:30pm, the Dachser Trophy, of 1.40 meters, which will be celebrated in fault and time.

The turn for the 5* test will arrive at 8:30pm, with the Longines Grand Prix, in a jump off scale. Spanish riders and horsewomen will have an extra incentive in this test, since the Tyco Trophy will be awarded to the best national qualified.