Sunday, October 24, 2010

Eventing: Mondial du Lion: Results: CCI1*: It's Girls On Top As Sweden's Sara Algotsson-Ostholt and Mrs. Medicott Win Mondial du Lion CCI1* - By Nan Rawlins

Sara Algottson-Ostholt (SWE) and Mrs. Medicott ride to victory in the 6-year-old Championships (FEI Photo)

It was girls' day out in France as the Hanoverian mare Mrs Medicott  gave Sweden's  Sara Algottson-Ostholt a ride to the top of a decidedly feminine heap in the Mondial du Lion CCI1* Championship for 6 year-old horses. Jumping clean and turning in a final score of 41.70 placed the pair one point ahead of their nearest rival, Great Britain's Nicola Wilson and the Irish Sport Horse, Annie Clover.

“It is incredible! exclaimed Algottson-Ostholt. “When I came into the arena, it was as if I was in a bubble.  I did not feel anything in particular.”  I just wanted to ride as well as possible. When I had completed three quarters of the course, I realized that we were clear and I began to count down in my head: only three more to go, only two more to go, only one more to go…When we went over the finish line, I understood that we had won and it was a fantastic sensation! I still cannot describe exactly how I feel.  I was already extremely happy to have qualified my mare for the World Championship for 6-year-old horses, so to win here is incredible!”
Sara Algottson-Ostholt (SWE) and Mrs. Medicott take a victory lap in the Lion du Mondial CCI* (FEI Photo)

Nicola Wilson (GBR) , still high from her 2010 Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medal was just as thrilled with her mare's performance.  “It was fantastic!” “I brought her here so that she could gain experience and she has been extraordinary... she remained focused and jumped magnificently." Wilson continued "The objective for next year will be to return for the World Championship for 7-year-old horses!”

Great Britain's Kitty King and the black Dutch Warmblood Zidante went clear - remained in 3rd place. King said Zidante jumped perfectly.  "She was fantastic on the cross country course! In fact it is her best performance on a cross country course all season long! And she has perfectly recovered, just look at how she jumped today! She was not bothered by the public, on the contrary, she thinks that they are here for her today! She loves showing off, she pricks up her ears and strikes a pose as soon as she sees a camera!"
Two of the three males to make it into the top five were  Clayton Fredericks (AUS) and the Westphalian gelding Mr. Sydney Rocks. They jumped clean to finish in fourth place on a three day score of 47.30.  

Germany's Bettina Hoy and the Westphalian gelding Designer 10 had yet another of the days' clean rounds making their dressage score of 47.90 good enough for fifth place overall.    

Karen Donkers (BEL) rounded out the top six with the Belgian Sport Horse mare Unique. The Belgian pair finished cleanly on their dressage score of 48.30.

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