Pius Schwizer and PSG Future winners in Zurich
The Swiss rider claimed the the top of the podium of the penultimate leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League.
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Swiss Pius Schwizer set the Hallenstadion in Zurich (SUI) alight Sunday 31th January when snatching a thrilling last-to-go victory for the host nation in the penultimate leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League. Only nine of the 39 starters found the key to the tough first-round track set by Swiss course designer Gerard Lachat, and Ireland’s Denis Lynch claimed his second runner-up finishing spot in a row with All Star, while Australia’s Edwina Alexander lined up third with Caretina de Joter. Very good 9° place for Italian rider Piergiorgio Bucci and Casallo Z, clear round in the first round and 8 faults in jump-off; Italian rider Luca Moneta and Connery with four falts in the first round placed 12°.
The Grand Prix result has seriously boosted Lynch’s position on the Western European League leaderboard, with 17 points rocketing him up to 13th spot. Now with a total of 34 points, the Irishman is well within sight of a top-18 qualifying spot for the Final which will take place in Gothenburg (SWE) from 23-28 March. As it stands today it looks like riders with points in the mid-30s should book their ticket to the Swedish fixture.
The Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland was the venue for the penultimate leg of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League. The home crowd had plenty to shout about when Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer galloped to victory with PSG Future when last to go in the nine-horse second-round jump-off against the clock.
The time-allowed in the first round was 68 seconds. A total of 39 horse-and-rider combinations started in today’s competition, with Olympic champion Steve Guerdat heading up the nine-strong Swiss contingent. Runner-up were Ireland’s Denis Lynch and All Star who also finished second at the previous leg of the series in Leipzig, Germany two weeks ago.
There were were three double-clear performances.
The fastest time in the jump-off was set by Britain’s Michael Whitaker and Viking who crossed the line in 39.89 seconds but left a pole on the floor to finish in fourth place.
The last qualifying round of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League will take place in Bordeaux (FRA) next Saturday, 6 February.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping 2015/2016 Western European League full standing - after Round 10 at Zurich (SUI): http://eventcontent.hippoonline.de/1126/docs/Longines_WCJ_Zuerich.pdf