A year minus one day after his spectacular victory in the Amsterdam round of the World Cup, Julien Epaillard took that other top prize of Jumping Amsterdam in equally spectacular fashion: the Anemone HorseTrucks Grand Prix of Amsterdam powered by Stoeterij Sterrehof. With his other top horse, the Baloubet du Rouet daughter Dubai du Cedre, Epaillard was a size too fast for his ten competitors: 0/34.16. With two impressive rounds, Willem Greve was best of the rest on the debut of his mare Pretty Woman van ‘t Paradijs (0/36.57), third place was for Lars Kersten and the superbly jumping Funky Fred Marienshof Z (0/37.98).
Greve to great second place
It was a thankless task to improve on Julien Epaillard’s improbably fast ride. Willem Greve did make an attempt, despite the fact that his brilliant Vigo d’Arsouilles daughter Pretty Woman was debuting in a 5-star Grand Prix. The rider from Markelo had to bow to the French force, but did stay ahead of Lars Kersten, who had Funky Fred (by Fantomas de Muze) jumping superbly.
Two super horses
Jumping Amsterdam has now won a special place in Julien Epauillard’s heart. “Winning the World Cup competition and the Grand Prix back to back is only possible if you have two super horses. And that’s how lucky I am with Donatello and Dubai.”
Rest after Geneva
His Grand Prix winner was given a short break after the top competition in Geneva, where she was fifth and eighth in the two main classes. “Two weeks ago in Oliva, I rode low classes with her again. The first round was difficult for me because she was still very fresh. But in the jump-off she was great. You have those barrages, they just run and then you can also take a lot of risk. The distances were easy. After the second fence I went for it. The line to the last fence also went well. She is in top form and always does her best in the ring. For me to ride her is fantastic.”
“I love this competition in Amsterdam. It’s a super atmosphere. Everything is well organised for the horses and riders. It’s nice that we can prepare in peace in the arena near the stables and then do the final preparations in the loose-riding arena. For me, Amsterdam is very special, I also won here once with Toupie de la Roque.”
Written by Eline Korving – In cooperation with Horses.nl