Yesterday, Guido Klatte jun. told after reaching third place in the Champions Cup in Frankfurt that all his horses and his motivation had improved since he started training with Franke Sloothak. The audience saw the proof, when Klatte and his Oldenburger gelding Qinghai were the fastest pair in the jump-off of the Grand Prix of Hesse.
That was not an easy task. For a long time there were no clear rounds; in the end nine pairs made it to the jump-off. And there only two made it without mistakes: Guido Klatte with Qinghai and Austrian Max Kühner with Bavarian gelding Cornet Kalua. However, Kühner did not risk everything and was five seconds slower than Klatte. The rest all made mistakes. The fastest rider with one mistake was Maurice Tebbel with Rhinelander stallion Don Diarado, his WEG horse.
For 22-year-old Klatte it was the first success in such a Grand Prix, even though he and Qinghai were a sensation when the pay finished sixth in the World Cup Final in Omaha last year. The prize in the Grand Prix, a Mercedes car, was a much-needed present. “Some weeks ago I had a car accident,” he explained. “Therefore winning the car was very fortunate. I did not expect to win this competition. Thank you so much, Qinghai!”
Now Klatte will go on vacation, after which phase he has to undergo surgery to remove his tonsils and laser treatment of his eyes.
Second winner Max Kühner was satisfied with the outcome of the event: “ I am happy that Cornet Kalua and I have found a common ground again. In the jump-off I did not have the feeling that a fast round would work for us, therefore I decided to do the “safe” version.”
Maurice Tebbel was content with his WEG horse, who achieved a placement in the Grand Prix of Oldenburg, was presented in Stuttgart and then in Frankfurt. “After Tryon he developed well. He has been jumping well over the last weeks.”
Host Paul Schockemöhle said about the event: ”The event went smoothly. Beginning Friday night we were almost sold out, which showed in the atmosphere.”