Duguet makes it a double of Longines wins at Helsinki 

23 Oct 2016

by Louise Parkes

 

Switzerland’s Romain Duguet and the brilliant Quorida de Treho won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League leg at Helsinki in Finland for the second year in a row today. In another heavyweight jump-off against the clock, the 36-year-old rider came with a late run to snatch victory from long-time leaders Mathieu Billot and Shiva d’Amaury from France, while third spot went to Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Comanche.

 

Today’s result sees Duguet share equal-fourth place on the Western European League table with Italy’s Alberto Zorzi who won last weekend’s opening round of the 13-leg series at Oslo in Norway.  Heading the League table is Belgium’s Pieter Devos who finished fourth with Dream of India Greenfield today.

 

Testing

 

The small ice-hockey arena in Helsinki is testing for competitors and course designer alike but,  with another quality field of contestants, not even Rio 2016 Olympic Games course designer, Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge, could keep the numbers in check as 15 of the 36 starters found the key to his twisting first-round track. 

 

Fourth to go in the jump-off, Billot set the target with a super round in 32.70 seconds and stayed out in front until Duguet set off with just three left to go. “Mathieu is a really fast rider so I knew I had to take a risk to beat him!” the Swiss rider said after taking a super-sharp turn to the second fence and launching himself at the last to break the beam in the winning time of 30.96.  

 

Extravagant

 

He wasn’t completely surprised at his repeat victory on a horse with such a big stride and extravagant jump. “Yes the arena here is tight, but Quorida is fast across the ground and really reactive - she’s full of quality” he said of the mare who was on the Swiss team that finished sixth in Rio, who took team bronze and individual 11th place at the 2015 European Championships in Aachen, Germany and who finished 16th at the 2016 World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

 

“I have been riding her since she was seven years old and she’s 12 now and has always been in my stables, so we are a team”, Duguet pointed out. “The best thing about her is that she always tries her hardest on the big days!”

 

He now heads for the third leg of the series at Lyon, France next Sunday.

 

Result: 1, Quorida de Treho (Romain Duguet) SUI 0/0 30.96; 2, Shiva d’Amaury (Mathieu Billot) FRA 0/0 32.70; 3, Comanche (Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum) GER 0/0 32.78; 4, Dream of India Greenfield (Pieter Devos) BEL 0/0 32.92; 5. Bianca (Steve Guerdat) SUI 0/0 33.67; 6, SIEC Carsten (Marco Kutscher) GER 0/0 34.00; 7, Cas de Liberte (Niels Bruynseels) BEL 0/4 31.87; 8, Market Irminka (Shane Breen) IRL 0/4 32.26; 8, VDL Groep Arera C (Maikel van der Vleuten) NED 0/4 32.26; 10, Aran (Kevin Staut) FRA 0/4 32.76; 11, Babylotte (Yuri Mansur) BRA 0/4 33.13; 12, Quenelle du Py (Olivier Robert) FRA 0/4 33.71; 13, Antonio (Gianni Govoni) ITA 0/4 34.42; 14, Lord Chambertin (Philipp Weishaupt) GER 0/8 35.27; 15, VDL Groep Beauty (Leopold van Asten) NED 0/8 35.86.

 

Full result here 

 

Facts and Figures:

 

Today’s second leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016/2017 Western European League was staged at the Jäähalli in Helsinki, Finland.

Helsinki Horse Show celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year.

Course designer was Brazil’s Guilherme Jorge who also set the courses at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer.

36 horse-and-rider combinations participated in today’s competition including the defending Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping double-champion and 2012 Olympic gold medallist Steve Guerdat from Switzerland.

The competition was won for the second year in a row by the Swiss partnership of Romain Duguet and Quorida de Treho.

15 qualified for the second-round jump-off against the clock. 

6 horse-and-rider combinations jumped double-clear. 

The youngest horse in today’s competition was the 8-year-old gelding Lord Chambertin ridden by Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt. The pair qualified for the jump-off in which they had two fences down finish in 14th place.

 

Quote:

 

Romain Duguet SUI (1st): “After Lyon I plan to compete in Madrid and Geneva and then we will  give her (Quorida de Treho) a break, and also everyone in the stables will have a break for a few weeks. Only if I really need points will I go to London and Mechelen, The plan is to qualify Quorida for the World Cup Final in Omaha and then to concentrate on my nine-year-old mare, TwentyTwo des Bisches.”

 

Standings: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2016/2017 Western European League

After Round 2 in Helsinki (FIN): 

 

1.    Pieter Devos BEL                    -    28

2.    Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum GER    -    25

3.    Steve Guerdat SUI                    -    25

4.    Alberto Zorzi ITA                    -    20

4.    Romain Duguet SUI                -    20

6.    Mathieu Billot FRA                    -    18

7.    Niels Bruynseels BEL                -    18

8.    Marcus Ehning GER                -    17

9.    Piergiorgio Bucci ITA                -    13

10.    Harrie Smolders NED                -    12

11.    Marco Kutscher GER                -    11

11.    Rolf-Goran Bengtsson SWE            -    11

13.    Maikel van der Vleuten NED            -      9

13.    Shane Breen IRL                    -      9

13.    Peder Fredricson SWE                -      9

17.    Cian O’Connor IRL                    -      7

17.    Kevin Staut FRA                    -         7

19.    Lorenzo de Luca ITA                -      6

19.     Yuri Mansur Guerios BRA            -      6

 

Full Standings here 

 

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Romain Duguet and Quorida de Treho won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League leg at Helsinki (FIN) for the second year in a row today. The Swiss rider is pictured being presented with his winner’s watch by Casper Gebeke, Longines Brand Manager Finland. (FEI/Satu Pirinen)

Romain Duguet and Quorida de Treho won the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League leg at Helsinki (FIN) for the second year in a row today. The Swiss rider is pictured being presented with his winner’s watch by Casper Gebeke, Longines Brand Manager Finland. (FEI/Satu Pirinen)

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