Germany’s Marco Kutscher piloted the 8-year-old Westphalian stallion Charco (Chin Quin x Darco) to victory in Saturday’s Future Stars final presented by Zangersheide.
A total of 60 7- and 8-year-olds had qualified in for the final after two prior days of jumping, and today the fences were raised to 1.40m for the 7-year-olds and to 1.45 for the 8-year-olds. Ten of the 30 youngest horses jumped clear over the demanding first round track, and that was also the number of clears among the horses born in 2009.
With twenty horses in the jump-off, it was bound to be a real race – and it was all or nothing going against the clock. This also resulted in quite a few rails falling around the shortened track, and in the end only seven pairs remained on a double clean sheet.
Coming in towards the end, it was Kutscher and his big striding stallion that covered the ground the fastest – stopping the clock at 34.36 seconds. A few riders later USA’s Beezie Madden gave it a good shot on the lovely 8-year-old BWP-mare Jiva (Concorde x Nonstop), but was still slightly behind with her time of 34.85 seconds to finish in runner-up position.
Best of the 7-year-olds was Henrik von Eckermann’s Louie 9 (Ludwigs AS x Catoki), finishing with a time of 34.93 to end third. Dutch rider Marc Houtzager and the 8-year old Edinus (Padinus x Columbus) were fourth, and Stephex Stables and Belgium’s own Zoer Conter fifth riding the lovely Cerruti Van Ter Hulst Z (Cassini I x Corrado I).
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