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Barbançon and Helgstrand Are Untouchable in Week 5 of AGDF


    Morgan Barbançon & Habana Libre A. Picture ©

    France’s Morgan Barbançon and Habana Libre A claimed the winner’s blanket within the day’s headline class, the CDI3* Grand Prix Particular, sponsored by MTICA Farm. Barbançon’s 71.66% on her personal 11-year-old gelding — by Zizi High out of a United dam — is their second highest rating ever on this take a look at.

    Of the 15 starters, the trio of riders on the rostrum remained unchanged from Friday’s qualifying Grand Prix, however the 22-year-old German sensation Felicitas Hendricks climbed a spot to internet second. She rode her personal 12-year-old gelding Drombusch 2 (Destano x Dimaggio) to 70.362% within the pair’s debut senior worldwide present on the stage. Her compatriot Anna-Christina Abbelen, 26, piloted her 16-year-old Samarant gelding Sam Donnerhall to 69.723% and third place.

    “I’m extraordinarily completely satisfied and it was nice to win,” enthused the 30-year-old Barbançon, who’s spending her first season in Wellington. “Habana was a wee bit drained right this moment however nonetheless tried. The entire passage/trot half was good, and I used to be actually pleased with the stroll. The piaffes have been a little bit bit much less [powerful] than two weeks in the past, nevertheless it was cooler then and actually heat right this moment.

    “I don’t usually get affected by the warmth, however yesterday I already had to make use of a brand new frack [tailcoat] as a result of it was drenched. That is the second going to the dry cleaners. However I choose that to the frostbite I get at house.”

    Alexander Yde Helgstrand and Belantis High Intermediate I CDI1*

    Andreas Helgstrand’s 19-year-old son Alexander Yde Helgstrand and Belantis — previously ridden by Isabell Werth — made it two wins from two begins in AGDF 5, topping Saturday’s hotly contested Intermediate I CDI1*, offered by Centerline Stables. Additionally they received Thursday’s Prix St. Georges class. Helgstrand was additionally competing his mom’s horse Tremendous Mario within the under-25s, and two wins in that division — at Intermediate II and Grand Prix — introduced his tally of CDI blue ribbons for the week to 4.

    “Right this moment the excessive factors have been the two-tempis and the prolonged trot and canter,” mentioned Helgstrand, who’s one other rider spending his first season in Wellington. “Belantis is tremendous proficient and I actually love working with him. He had some extra energy and vitality right this moment, nevertheless it was nonetheless managed.”

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