28 OCT 2018
German legend and four-time Olympic gold medallist, Ludger Beerbaum, took the Equiline Accumulator by storm today when throwing down a great pathfinding score that couldn’t be beaten. Riding the 15-year-old mare Chiara, the 55-year-old rider from Riesenbeck posted the maximum 65 points in a time of 44.68 seconds which left him just ahead of Irishman Bertram Allen in second with GK Casper and Italy’s Gianni Govoni who slotted into third with Lucaine.
America’s Jessica Springsteen filled fourth place with her nine-year-old mare Volage du Val Henry while newly-crowned individual world champion, 29-year-old Simone Blum from Germany lined up in fifth with Con Touch S.
Blum, whose victory at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA last month was followed by her marriage to fiancee Hansi Goskowitz just last weekend, literally came back to earth when taking a fall with her winning mare DSP Alice on the opening day at Verona on Friday. However the new champion said today that both of them are fine.
“We jumped a very good clear round yesterday and she is fit and confident again so all is good. She’s a really big fighter with the biggest heart, she’s so careful and she always wants to give her best. She has the best attitude and you can see that because on Friday she had the fall and yesterday she jumped like nothing happened. She’s a bit of a diva, a chestnut mare, but we love her and she loves us and we have a really good connection and she knows that she’s the star in the stable!” the German rider said.
She has arrived in Verona just a few days after tying the knot with Hansi who has taken his wife’s surname. “It was a dream wedding, we couldn’t have wished for a better day, it was so emotional!” Simone said. And she’s a big fan of this lovely Italian city.
“Verona is beautiful, we came here last year to see (the opera) Aida in the amphitheatre and it was very, very nice and I love this city, I love Italy and I love this show!” she said.
Simone knows the ups and downs of showjumping - “four weeks ago you are the world champion and four weeks later you have a bad fall. That’s why you have to fight again, you start from zero, but that’s why I love this sport. You have to fight always!” she said today before heading off to get ready for this afternoon’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier in which she has decided to replace Alice with Cool Hill.
“He’s just eight years old, a really good horse with a lot of scope and he did a really good job yesterday so we will try to gain experience here and we will see how it goes!”