Friday, 14 June 2019 CSI5* CSI2* CSIYH1* 2019

Margie Goldstein-Engle wins the CSI5* Opening on her first GHPC-ride

Already impressively evident in the CSI5* GLOCK’s Opening Competition over 1.45 m was the high level of horses and riders who have come to Horses & Stars at GHPC Austria, with prize money totalling 597,000 euros.

Free entry to marvel at ten riders from among the top 100 in the world, with no fewer than five chances at World Ranking points and even, in the case of GLOCK’s 5* Grand Prix, achievement of a so-called “Certificate of Capability” for the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Top stars like silver medallist in the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, number three in the world and three-times GLOCK’s 5* & 3* Grand Prix winner, Martin Fuchs (SUI) or many-times Olympic and World Championship medallist and European Champion Christian Ahlmann (GER) took on this first test of performance, as did Olympic and World Championship silver medallist and many-times European Champion, GLOCK Rider Gerco Schröder.

The way to victory led over 12 obstacles reaching a maximum height of 1.45 m, including two double combinations, all to be mastered within a maximum time of 79 seconds with as few penalties as possible.

The coveted GLOCK winner’s trophy for first place ultimately went to current No. 24 in the world, Margie Goldstein-Engle, whose impressive list of sporting successes includes team silver at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and team gold, team silver and bronze at the Pan American Games. In the saddle on her eleven-year-old Selle Francaise mare Usa Normande, the US-American rider cantered across the line in 65.39 seconds, almost two seconds faster than the others among the total of 34 starters. “I’m very happy to be here. The atmosphere is really impressive with all those mountains around us, something we don’t have back home in Florida”, said a delighted Goldstein-Engle, who has come to the starting line at GHPC Austria for the first time.

Second place went to No. 63 in the show jumping world, Laura Renwick (GBR), and her just eight-year-old Arkuga, progeny of Arko III x Heartbreaker, in a penalty-free 67.40 seconds. Also among the 13 duos with clear rounds and, thanks to a fast time of 68.51 seconds, occupying third place in this opening competition were David Will (GER) and Stakkato Rouge (Stakkato x Vert Et Rouge).

04 CSI5* GLOCK's Opening Competition
Int. jumping competition against the clock (1.45 m)

1. Usa Normande - Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA) 0/65.39
2. Arkuga - Laura Renwick (GBR) 0/67.40
3. Stakkato Rouge - David Will (GER) 0/68.51
4. Chac Balou N - Paola Amilibia (ESP) 0/69.10
5. Cash Sent - Robert Whitaker (GBR) 0/69.86
6. Elisabeth - Pal Flam (NOR) 0/70.22
7. Chepmen - Torben Köhlbrandt (GER) 0/70.56
8. Nathan Detroit - Paris Sellon (USA) 0/71.34
9. de Vleut - Vincent Voorn (NED) 0/72.85
10. Silver Shine - Martin Fuchs (SUI) 0/73.14
11. Ut de Menjo - Alvaro Diaz Garcia (ESP) 0/75.09
12. Freesby de Vy - Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) 0/76.83
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The first GLOCK winner’s trophy of the GLOCK’s 5 Star Tour went to Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA). © Nini Schäbel

Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA) and Usa Normande jumped to a magnificent victory in the CSI5* GLOCK’s Opening Competition. © Arnd Bronkhorst

A penalty-free round in 67.40 seconds meant second place for Laura Renwick (GBR) and Arkuga. © Arnd Bronkhorst

David Will and Stakkato Rouge came to an excellent third place in the CSI5* GLOCK’s Opening Competition. © Arnd Bronkhorst