Switzerland’s Romain Duguet and 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.
In the jump-off against the clock, the 36-year-old rider came with a late run to take the 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.
This result puts Romain Duguet in 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. Topping the league table at present is Belgium’s Pieter Devos who finished fourth with Dream of India Greenfield.
The Helsinki arena which was very testing for competitors with its limited space, still saw 15 of the 36 starters finding the key to the twisting first-round track.
Fourth to go in the jump-off, Mathieu Billot set the standard with a super round in 32.70 seconds and stayed out in front until Romain 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!” said Romain Duguet after taking a quick turn to the second fence and pushing himself at the last fence to break the beam in a winning time of 30.96.
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” said Romain Duguet.
“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 this Sunday.
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