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Second GP-Triumph for Luciana Diniz

For the second time after 2013 Luciana Dinzi won the Grand Prix at the CSI Basel with a price winning total of 330’000 Swiss Francs. After her triumph with Lennox two years ago she won the main class at the 6 Longines CSI in Basel with Fit for fun. Surprising Marion Modolo Zanotelli and Scotsman Scott Brash, leader in the World Ranking List, finished on the second and third place.

The 44 years old mother of twins lives in Wachtberg in Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany). In the jump-off she was 68 hundredths seconds faster with her Hanoverian mare Fit for Fun than the Brazilian Marion Modolo Zanotelli with Extra van Essene. Scott Brash was also clear in the jump-off with Hello Sanctos, but had to be satisfied finishing 3rd. Diniz won 100’000 Swiss Francs for her victory; Modolo Zanotelli got 75‘000 and World Ranking List leader Brash received 50‘000 Swiss Francs.

Diniz hat to wait till the last rider had finished, before she could hug her horse and her groom. The Belgian rider Grégory Wathelet and Conrad where quicker over the six obstacles in the jump-off before he had a mistake at the last one.

Best Swiss was surprisingly Claudia Gisler from Seedorf in the Canton Uri. Her Holstein gelding Cordel didn’t make a mistake in both rounds, only a time fault, what ment missing the jump-off. She finished as 8th. One fault each in the second, slightly easier round, ment 14th place for Olympic Winner Steve Guerdat with Concetto Son and 15th for Werner Muff with Pollendre.

Winningmood was in a winning mood

Luciana Diniz likes Basel and the CSI. After her victory of the Grand Prix in 2003 the Brazilian, riding for Portugal, won the Price of the Hotel Les Trois Rois. Her 16 years old grey horse Winningmood was in a winning mood.

22 of the 52 riders managed to reach the jump-off in the main class on Saturday with a price winning money of 35’000 Swiss Francs. But now one was able to beat Diniz, who is riding for Portugal since 2006. Nearest to the daughter of a Polo-player and a mother that was eight-time Brazilian Dressage Champion was the Italian Piergiorgio Bucci with Catwalk. The boy-friend of Janika Sprunger was 27 hundredths seconds slower than the 44 years old mother of twins.

Best Swiss was Martin Fuchs with Picsou du Chêne. He finished 6th after a clever round without mistakes. Also Christina Liebherr with Midship du Borda (18.) and Janika Sprunger (20.) with Uptown Boy managed the jump-off. Liebherr had a fault at the bidet-oxer and Sprunger had two rails down. 5’200 spectators watched the main class of the day in the St. Jakobshalle.

The speed-class was won by the German Hans-Dieter Dreher with his Holstein horse Callisto, owned by Paul Bücheler. Martin Fuchs with Uzo finished 5th as best Swiss rider.

Deusser in front of Duguet

Only little was missing for the first victory of a Swiss rider of the main event on Friday of the CSI Basel, Romain Duguet whizzed trough the Price of LGT on Quorida de Treho and only missed a triumph by 26 hundredths seconds. Only the German Daniel Deusser, World Cup Winner, impeded Duguets biggest success.

After Ludger Beerbaum two years ago und Marco Kutscher a year ago, with Daniel Deusser there was another German rider in front. As last but two in the jump-off the World Cup Winner took the full risk with his gelding Espyrante and had a better score then Duguet. As second best Swiss Rider Martin Fuchs finished as 10th after a mistake with PSG Future at the thirds obstacle in the jump off.

With this top result Deusser won 18’750 Swiss France, Duguet, who got the Swiss citizenship autumn 2012, won 15’000 Swiss Francs. He was alternative rider of the Swiss Team last summer at the World Championship und was in the limelight for the first time after two clear rounds in the Nations Cup in Lummen.

Same as in the Championat on Thursday 14 riders managed to get in the jump-off in the Price of LGT, but not among them the favourites such as Steve Guerdat, Roger-Yves Bost or the first of the World Ranking List Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos, who finished with 12 points.

Wathelet wins the «Golden Drum of Basel» again

The Swiss Show jumping riders are still waiting for their first big success at the Longines CSI Basel. As last year the Belgian Grégory Wathelet with Conrad won the jump-off of the Championat of Basel. This meant a price winning money of 18’750 Swiss Francs and the special price, the Golden Drum of Basel.

Niklaus Rutschi with Windsor was the best Swiss and finished great as 3rd. The rider from Lucerne gave everything with his Dutch gelding Windsor, took short turns and was rewarded for his risks. After one fault in the jump-off Werner Muff and Pollendr finished as second-best in the Swiss Team as 11th.

34 years old Wathelet, who rid for the Ukraine from 2005 to 2007, was 14 hundredths faster with his agile ten-year-old Holstein stallion than the routine Swede Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Casall, which is already 16 years old. Rutschi missed the victory after his great ride without any faults with only 21 hundredths seconds and won 11’250 Swiss Francs.

14 of the 55 riders in the first highlight in Basel where in the jump-off in the St. Jakobshalle with 5’200 spectators watching. Some of the favourites didn’t manage the normal course without faults. Olympic Gold Medallist Steve Guerdat, who is giving Nino de Buissonnets for the Word Cup class in Zürich, had two mistakes. Also Christian Ahlman, winner of the Grand Prix in Aachen, four times Olympic Games Winner Ludger Beerbaum, Scott Brach, first in the World Ranking List and European Champion Roger-Yves Bost didn’t manage to get in the jump-off. Also the Swiss riders Pius Schwizer and Armani, Jane Richard and Pablo de Virton, Paul Estermann and Castlefield Eclipse, Alain Jufer and Wiveau or Martin Fuchs and Picsou du Chêne didn’t manage to get in the jump-off.

Jane Richard fourth in the Grand Prix

Jane Richard with Pablo de Virton was the big surprise in the Longines Grand Prix. With two clear rounds with her lively French gelding the rider from Berne that lives in Vinovio near Torino finished as brilliant fourth. Best was the Swedish experienced Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Casall, which brought him 110’000 Swiss Francs, followed by the also experienced German riders Ludgeer Beerbaum with Chiara and Marcus Ehning with Cornado.

Besides Jane Richard, who has a lot of self-confidence, there were three more Swiss in the second round of the Longines Grand Prix with the price winning money of 350’000 Swiss Francs. After one mistake Paul Estermann with Castlefield Eclipse finished as eighth, Roman Duguet with Quorida de Treho ninth and Nadja Steiner, who was third at the Swiss Championship 2013, finished with Capuera as tenth.

The Swiss Pius Schwizer with Toulago, Martin Fuchs with PSG Future, Beat Mändli with Louis and the winner of the Olympic Games, Steve Guerdat with Nasa did not reach the second round.

Best rider of the tournament was the Dutch Harrie Smolders, who won a car. Paul Estermann and Pius Schwizer were second and third in this ranking.

Paul Estermann second in the main competition

Paul Estermann’s success carries on at the LONGINES CSI in Basel. After his ninth place in the LGT-Price on Friday he increased even more on Saturday. In the jump-off only the Dutch Jur Vrieling with Bubalu was better than Estermann with Naiade d'Auvers.

The Swiss rider that competed at the Olympic Games and European Championship got 8’000 Swiss Francs for this success with the 13 years old grey mare. Jur Vrieling, second at the Olympic Games with the Dutch team, earned 10’000 Swiss Francs. The 44 years old Dutch, who was last in the jump-off on Friday and didn’t win any money, now caught up for that. With short turns he won in the class of the «Grand Hotels Les Trois Rois», which was watched by 5’400 spectators with a ledge of 15 hundredth seconds.

Second best Swiss was Werner Muff after one mistake with Landthago as 13th. Janika Sprunger had one rail down in the double-combination and finished 15th, Swiss Champion Beat Mändli had two faults and was 15th. Pius Schwizer gave up after Clever Lady refused. Except Estermann none of the Swiss got in the money-ranking in the jump-off.

22 of the 45 riders managed to reach the jump-off. Course designer Gérard Lachat most probably didn’t expect nearly every second one to reach the final round.

Will finished second

Before the main event David Will had his second victory in the Speed-Competition in Basel with Pokerface. The 25 years old German from Bavaria won the opening competition on Thursday with this horse he had lent from Gerhard Fuchs. The second, the Dutch Jur Vrieling with Tum-Tum was followed by five Swiss riders, starting with Pius Schwizer with his mare Alexia, which he took over from Max Hauri.

Stand-in Kutscher wins the LGT-Price

Only due to a short-term redraw Marco Kutscher got in the field of participants at the LONGINES CSI BASEL. In the LGT-Price the experienced German proofed, that after a long recovery time due to an injury he is fit again. With Cornet's Cristallo he won with a ledge of 1,01 in front of his compatriot David Will with Carriere. After a mistake Paul Estermann was best Swiss as 9th with his mare Cornet's Cristallo in the jump-off. Jane Richard with Pablo de Virton was 10th-With her lively gelding she also had one mistake, at the same obstacle as Estermann. «I attacked too much in the jump-off» was Estermann’s comment, who had won the Grand Prix in Salzburg in autumn. «I could have avoided the mistake. But the horse is in form. And I am going to do my best in the Longines Grand Prix on Sunday.» From the 43 riders and horses 14 where in the jump-off, among them the above mentioned two Swiss. Steve Guerdeat didn’t manage the second round. With his mare Nasa he had a mistake at the last obstacle in the first one. Daniel Saner, Branch Manager of the LGT Bank Switzerland in Basel was very pleased: «the contest was very exciting with good sport. Many of our customers where here and enjoyed it. The event is getting better and better every year.»

Double victory for Belgium in the Championat

The first highlight of the 5th CSI Basel finished with a double victory for Belgium. Grégory Wathelet won the Championat of Basel with Conrad, which had a price winning money of 80 000 Swiss Francs in front of his fellow countryman Peter Devos with Dream of India Greenfield. Best Swiss was Pius Schwizer with Toulago as fourth that had the only clear round of the Swiss riders. There where eleven couples in the jump off. Besides the price wining money the 33-years-old Whatelet, who was riding for the Ukraine between 2005 and 2007, also won the «Goldene Trommel von Basel». Whathelet was first to enter the jump-off and with a lot of speed he finished clear with his Holstein stallion. His fellow countryman Devos, who won the GP of Calgary last autumn, was 0,42 seconds slower than Wathelet. Pius Schwizer was riding the jump-off with his nein-years-old Toulago very clever. He was cautious with the unexperienced horse and didn’t want to make mistakes. The result was the good 4th place and 8 000 Swiss Francs, Wathelet received 20 000 and Devos 16 000. Also Paul Estermann, the rider from Lucerne and participant at the European Championship with Castelfield Ecplise and Fay Schoch from Fribourg with her mare Nouvelle Europe reached the jump-off. Both had two faults and finished as 10th and 11th.

The world's best riders at the Basel jubilee

The world of show jumping is looking forward to the event taking place from January 9th to the 12th in Basel. The LONGINES CSI BASEL from Thursday to Sunday in the St. Jakobshalle will take place with the best riders of the world. 15 of the top 20 of the World Ranking List as well as the three actual champions will honour the little jubilee of the 5th CSI Basel with their participation.

The first-class field of participants is led by the Swiss Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat, World Champion Philippe Le Jeune from Belgium and European Champion Roger Yves Bost from France. There are 55 riders from 17 countries, with 17 Swiss top riders that are in the field of competitors, which have been put together by Hansueli Sprunger, the responsible for sport and rider from Basel.

With the two Brits Scott Brash and Ben Maher, the German Ludger Beerbaum, who was Winner of the Olympic Games four times, and his fellow countrymen Marcus Ehning und Christian Ahlmann, Steve Guerdat, the Dutch Gerco Schröder who was second at the Olympic Games and the Portuguese Luciana Diniz, who won the Grand Prix last year in Basel, eight of the ten world best riders are competing. After the short-term resignations of Daniel Deusser, the German Champion and World-Cup winner in Mechelen, the American Kent Farrington, the French Patrice Delaveau and Sergio Alvarez Moya from Spain, Sprunger compensated these riders immediately.

«I gave the former European Champion Marco Kuscher after a long break due to an injury the chance to compete. And with Piergiorgio Bucci there will be a third Italian starting besides Juan Carlos Garcia and Emanuele Gaudiano. And for Spain Lucrezia Pilar Cordon will replace Sergio Alvarez Moya.»



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