Margie Goldstein-Engle is the Gaston Glock’s championess
The highlight of the second day of Horses & Stars at the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER Austria was the traditional Gaston Glock’s Championat. This, the second of a total of five World Ranking competitions this weekend, was staged as an international standard competition in two rounds over 1.55 m, with 94,000 euros of prize money.
“On this course you have to make lots of decisions with regard to distances. The triple combination, which is always a criterion, is resplendent in rainbow colours for the first time this year,” commented GLOCK Rider Gerco Schröder on the key features of this selective course, before riding. “The rider and horses really have to maintain great concentration right to the last canter stride, whilst any of the turns can make the difference in the end.”
The best nine riders from the basic round could ride into the splendidly decorated course arena for a second time in the Gaston Glock’s Championat. They brought their penalty points from the first round with them, albeit with five of the nine duos starting the second round penalty-free. Four duos already had penalty points on their accounts and had to judge that perfect measure of risk that might move them one or more places higher.
Ultimately it was the winner of the CSI5* Opening Competition on Friday, Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA), who was to become Gaston Glock’s championess. In the saddle on her Rhinelander gelding Dicas, the number 24 in the world beat the leader till that point, Marc Houtzager (NED), by 26 hundredths and earned victory in a time of 49.47 seconds. “The atmosphere here is so wonderfully relaxed, so the horses can recover brilliantly between jumps and are jumping superbly. In the Grand Prix tomorrow I’ll ride Royce,” said Margie Goldstein-Engle, clearly delighted with her first visit to the GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER Austria.
Apart from the victorious US horsewoman, the only other rider managing to remain penalty-free through both rounds was the Dutch championship rider Marc Houtzager, taking an outstanding second place on Sterrehof’s Dante (0/49.73). With just one time penalty point from the first round, the Italian Luca Maria Moneta and his experienced Westphalian gelding Connery achieved third place in this Gaston Glock’s Championat.
07 CSI5* Gaston Glock’s Championat
Int. jumping competition over two rounds (1.55 m)
Counts for the Longines Rankings (Group B)
1. Dicas - Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA) 0/49.47 2nd round
2. Sterrehof’s Dante - Marc Houtzager (NED) 0/49.73 2nd round
3. Connery - Luca Maria Moneta (ITA) 1/62.07 2nd round
4. Ailina - Christian Ahlmann (GER) 4/47.89 2nd round
5. Silver Shine - Martin Fuchs (SUI) 4/49.86 2nd round
6. Casquo Blue - Douglas Lindelöw (SWE) 4/50.25 2nd round
7. Tonic Des Mets - Jacques Helmlinger (FRA) 8/51.57 2nd round
8. Fenia van Klapscheut - Marcel Marschall (GER) 12/51.33 2nd round
9. Macao - Torben Köhlbrandt (GER) 12/58.78 2nd round
10. Identity Vitseroel - Christophe Vanderhasselt (BEL) 4/73.59 1st round
11. Stakkato Rouge - David Will (GER) 4/73.70 1st round
12. Embassy II - Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) 4/73.96 1st round
Link to results
What: International Show Jumping
Where: GLOCK HORSE PERFORMANCE CENTER Austria
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