Sanne Thijssen rode a round out of the book with Clarima (by Clarimo) in the 1.45m direct in time at the RAI Amsterdam Prize. The combination stayed clear and set the fastest time with 56.53 seconds. Leopold van Asten and VDL Groep Miss Untouchable (by Chacco-Blue) could not keep up with Sanne and had to settle for second place with a time of 56.71 seconds. Julien Epaillard finished third with Donatello d’Auge (by Jarnac). The pair finished without any jumping faults in 57.56 seconds.
‘For my feeling it couldn’t have gone very much faster’
With arrow-fast riders like Emanuele Gaudiano and Julien Epaillard as opponents, Sanne Thijssen had to go all out and put down a perfect round. ”It went almost flawlessly,” said Sanne as her mare returned to her stable with the RAI’s beautiful state blanket on her back. ”Maybe to the last obstacle we could have done one less canter jump. To my feeling, it couldn’t have gone very much faster. With Clarima it’s important to keep calm, because she is already very fast herself. So I didn’t want to overdo it. I wanted to do everything as gradually as possible. At the loose ride, I watched three trials on ClipMyHorse, but I already had my plan ready.”
Second international competition
Sanne has only been riding Clarima for three months. ”Her attitude and quality are abnormal. We only just got to know each other, but it’s already going very well. In Amsterdam I rode the second international competition with her. She has competed nationally before. We have ridden Grand Prix nationally at 1.40m level.”
‘The chimney has to smoke’
”The question is whether she can stay, because of course the chimney has to keep smoking. A number of people will really like her, because I think so myself. Next week we are riding a race in Spain. I think she will take home some rosettes there.”