Henrik von Eckermann & Castello

Henrik von Eckermann Wins Prize of Europe with “Borrowed” Horse

It was a jump-off that will be much discussed in the near future: the jump-off in the Grand Prix of Europe in Aachen. Laura Kraut (USA) and Confu as well as Yuri Mansur (BRA) and Vitiki fell – the latter fell so unfortunate that the Hannoveraner stallion sustained an injury to the pastern bone and had to be brought to a special clinic.  Markus Ehning who finished in third place with Funky Fred criticised the course design: “When I saw the jump-off I was not impressed. When I heard that two had fallen I was not very optimistic. I am glad I did not saw the falls. But the oxer you had to jump right out of the corner was not very friendly, especially after the first very long round and with the heat.”. Victor Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) agreed: “Yes, the design was not very friendly.” However, the Swedish rider and Castello had no problem. The Westphalian gelding has enough jumping ability. Von Eckermann knew this even though he has only competed the horse three times. The horse is owned by von Eckermann’s pupil Evelina Tovek. He borrowed the horse for the Nations Cup in Sopot and because he had won the event and therefore qualified for the Grand Prix in Aachen he asked the Tovek family to borrow him the horse again. And they were generous, so he was able to show off the Cristallo son’s great potential. “He is an incredibly strong horse, therefore I felt very good here,” so the winner said. “I balanced him towards the oxer, but he jumps every oxer just out of the blue. For him it was no trouble.”
Second place went to US American McLain Ward with HH Azur.