Rolf-Göran Bengtsson Wins Last Qualifying Leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series at Hertogenbosch

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Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson won the last qualifying leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping series at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands by a small margin against Ireland’s Jessica Kuerten. The 13-fence course designed by Louis Konickx allowed 16 through to the second-round jump-off which turned into a race against the clock.

The result has not earned the Bengtsson a starting spot in the final in Switzerland as he is lying 24th on the series table – only the top-20 make it through. Jessica Kuerten is consequently favourite to take the title in Switzerland with a massive 90 points, heading the Western European League table with a nine-point advantage over next-best rider, Germany’s Marco Kutscher. Bengtsson said of the competition:

I watched Jessica’s ride on the screen and thought it was impossible to beat a horse so sensationally fast… I knew it would be difficult to make the same seven strides from fence one to fence two but I thought I’d try – it was very long, but we made it – my horse has a long, slow canter so he is difficult to adjust and my job was to stay focused and to keep him jumping off that long stride, and then I got a great shot to the last and that was it!

Full Results

  1. Casall La Silla (Rolf-Goran Bengtsson) Swe 0/0 32.50
  2. Castle Forbes Libertina (Jessica Kuerten) Irl 0/0 32.60
  3. Cevo Itot du Chateau (Edwina Alexander) Aus 0/0 33.32
  4. Gotha (Ludger Beerbaum) Ger 0/0 33.47
  5. Van Schijndel’s Rascin (Piet Raijmakers Jr) Ned 0/0 35.06
  6. Opium VS (Marc Houtzager) Ned 0/0 38.42
  7. Caramell KS (Svante Johansson) Swe 0/0 40.47
  8. Exquis Powerfree (Harrie Smolders) Ned 0/4 32.35
  9. Noltes Kuchengirl (Marcus Ehning) Ger 0/4 33.72
  10. Mylord Carthago (Penelope Leprevost) Fra 0/4 34.30;
  11. Robin Hood (Ben Maher) GBR 0/4 34.30
  12. Audi’s Alpapillon-Armanie (Vincent Voorn) Ned 0/4 37.08
  13. Valentina Van’t Heike (Jos Lansink) Bel 0/4 38.33
  14. Primeval Wings (Gert-Jan Bruggink) Ned 0/8 31.71
  15. Ukinda (Hugo Simon) Aut 0/8 34.45
  16. Peu a Peu (Daniel Etter) Sui 0/8 35.02

ROLEX FEI WORLD CUP™ JUMPING 2009/2010 – Western European League Standings after Round 13 at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands:

1.    Jessica Kuerten         -    90
2.    Marco Kutscher        -    81
3.    Pius Schwizer            -    77
4.    Edwina Alexander        -    75
5.    Marcus Ehning            -    74
6.    Rodrigo Pessoa        -    71
7.    Ludger Beerbaum        -    67
8.    Kevin Staut            -    59
9.    Beat Mandli            -    57
10.    Eric van der Vleuten    -    57
11.    Philipp Weishaupt        -    57
12.    Patrice Deleveau        -    55
13.    Penelope Leprevost        -    54
14.    Michael Whitaker        -    51
15.    Daniel Etter            -    50
16.    Svante Johansson        -    49
17.    Luciana Diniz            -    48
18.    Dermott Lennon        -    43
19.    Natale Chiaudani        -    43
20.    Steve Guerdat            -    39.

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