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Dante and Marc crown top form with victory after spectacular jump-off
Sterrehof’s Dante and Marc achieved the highest possible in front of a very enthusiastic home crowd in a packed Amsterdam RAI by winning the FEI World Cup of Amsterdam! After a convincing first round and a truly brilliant jump-off our super duo beat the entire world-class competition in this fantastic event. Two years after the special victory with Sterrehof’s Calimero in the Grand Prix, Marc made history again with one of our horses in the most important class of Jumping Amsterdam!
Dante’s victory is a new highlight in the career of our rising star. The twelve-year-old mare by Canturano experiences a convincing break-through at five-star level during the last outdoor season and continued to shine in the world cup circuit. After fifth places in Verona and La Coruña, the most beautiful followed now at the Dutch stage of the West European League! Already in the first round Dante and Marc showed that they were at their best. Together with eight other combinations they realised a second appearance in the jump-off.
In the jump-off the competitors went faster and faster and as second-to-last starter, Marc knew what he had to do: break the apparently unbeatable time of Harrie Smolders and Monaco. Our super duo succeeded in a fantastic way and realised a flawless and above all super fast round.
‘Today it was my day’
To the spokesman of the Dutch Equestrian Federation Marc commented afterwards: ‘I knew I had to take all the risks. I think I have never ridden so fast in a jump-off in my life, certainly not with Sterrehof’s Dante. Today it was my day. Winning in Amsterdam is really incredible. Dante jumped her heart out! The audience is incredible here and incredibly supportive. My sponsors were also here today, so I was extra motivated to win.’
More than seven years after the victory in London-Olympia with Sterrehof’s Tamino, Marc is back on the highest step in a world cup qualifier with one of our horses. Just like in 2013, he is on his way to the World Cup Final. After twelve of the fourteen world cup qualifiers, Marc is now the number 8th of the Western European League, which almost certainly means a ticket to the final in Las Vegas, although this show will not fit in perfectly during this olympic year.
Grand Prix and other results
In the Grand Prix that we supported, officially called the Anemone Horse Trucks Grand Prix of Amsterdam powered by Stoeterij Sterrehof, our horses did not play a leading role this time. Still we saw beautiful sport and competition, this time ending in French victory in the person of Julien Epaillard with Toupie de la Roque.
A noteworthy result was also realised by Sterrehof’s Cayetano Z and Julia. We saw this top duo in the prize giving ceremony on Friday after a 1.45m two-phases class. The true climax followed of course two days later and was the absolute crowning glory of yet another great edition of the wonderful event that is called Jumping Amsterdam!