Jur Vrileling, the king of Rome
Jur Vrieling made history at Piazza di Siena, Rome, last Sunday, when becoming the first Dutch rider in the 85-year history of the event to win the Grand Prix of Rome.
The Dutch world champion won the Gran Prix City of Rome with his black stallion VDL Glasgow vh Merelsnest. “I talked with our Chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens and made a plan and I was quick over the first three fences, but I wanted to do nine strides, one less than most of the others, down to the double because Glasgow has such a big stride. But at the last minute I realized I was going too fast and I steadied him too much so instead we did 10 or 11, I’m not sure, and I don’t know how he left the double up - he was almost 2 meters off the second part - this win today was 80 percent Glasgow and 20 percent me!” he said during the press conference after the Gran Prix.
Second place for Alberto Zorzi and Fair Light van T Heike and third for fellow-Italian Lorenzo de Luca and Ensor de Litrange.
Vrieling admitted that he was surprised to win, especially since his time of 50.32 seconds was relatively slow due to the muddle he got into at the double. But in the end he had the only clear jump-off round.
“I’m very happy I can tell you, especially after the Nations Cup when I got the biggest applause from the crowd when I had the last fence down to give Italy the win! I like that, that the people are so passionate and so extreme and emotional. The atmosphere at this show is unbelievable and this week I have enjoyed some of the nicest moments I have ever experienced with my horses!” he said.
Jur Vrieling was born 31 July 1969 in Slochteren, Netherland. He owns and runs Stal Vrieling in Holwierde, Netherlands, with his partner Suzanne Tepper. He coaches riders and trains and trades showjumping horses up to international level.
With several employees the horses are trained for international jumping shows. The team works with competence and dedication with the own horses and horses from other owners. Jur Vrieling collaborates since a lot of years with VDL Stud. Wiepke van de Lageweg is the breeder and owner of Vriling’s top horses and approved stallions VDL Bubalu, Glasgow and the grey Zirocco Blue. His trainer is Rob Ehrens who is also the national trainer of the Dutch team. Jur Vrieling is silver team medallist in Olympic Games London 2012 and world team gold medallist Caen 2014 both with Dutch stallion VDL Bubalu.