Simone Blum & DSP Alice

First Round of the Final: Simone Blum Keeps Her Nerves

There is a lot of tension in the final of the show-jumpers at the WEG in Tryon: the bars fell by the dozen. But all riders who were in the top places before the final stayed there: Simone Blum leads with DSP Alice by Askari/Landrebell ahead of Austrian Max Kühner with 11-year-old Holsteiner stallion Chardonnay by Clarimo/Corrado, who had one time penalty point and Swiss Martin Fuchs with 12-year-old grey gelding Clooney by Cornet Obolensky. The Swiss seemed to be cool ahead of the second round “Clooney is able to deliver one more clear round.” But he also tried to tell himself: it is a normal day, a normal Grand Prix.
The result will depend on the nerves, that is for sure. All three horses are jumping well, seem to be fit … nobody can afford any mistakes.
The other two Germans to start in the final both had mistakes: Laura Klaphake and Catch Me If You Can OLD failed at the last fence. “It is a pity,” so the rider said. “She was not tired, I do not know the reason. But I am happy. I was dreaming of a medal and now I have one. And I did not count on getting into the individual final but here I am.”
Marcus Ehning and Pret A Tout had two mistakes in the combination after the water. But Ehning was not displeased: “It has been a long time since I came back from a Championship with a medal, therefore I am  happy. Of course the mistakes were annoying and Pret A Tout was still fit, so the result could have been better, but there have been times when I was less content.” Ehning did not share the view of Canadian Eric Lamaze, who said that Tryon had not been worthy of a World Championship: “I see it a bit different. Everyone who saw the second round of the Nations Cup – our sport cannot get better. And that is what is most important. The stables, the ground, everything was good. And once again I have to pay my respect to the course builder. What he did is an enormous accomplishment.”