12 September 2021
World Championship Pairs Kronenberg: Success and disappointment on an exciting final dayOn the last day of the World Pair Driving Championships the drivers faced a selective course. The tough course that Jeroen Houterman had devised revealed who had the best obedience horses.
No one managed to drive clear and within the time limit. The Hungarian Gyorgy Fekete won the final part. He drove very efficiently and was very lucky on gates 5C and D which he almost hit. Thanks to the better ‘magic work’ he managed to leave all the balls on top. He only received 0.92 penalty points for exceeding the time. This good result also counted for the Hungarian team that took the lead in the country classification after the marathon.
The Hungarians are usually good in cones driving. They proved it once again in championship, because Fekete’s compatriot Tibor Nagy (not driving for the team) finished second with only time errors. Stan van Eijk was not so much looking forward to the cones yesterday. He had to do it without Zorac again today. The little fanatic Jones had to work with dressage horse Deniro. But Stan had taken a good look at all the difficult lines beforehand and delivered an unprecedented performance. He rode on the edge. In all the tricky turns, he turned as short as possible and proved that it was indeed possible to drive within the time limit. He even had 5 seconds left! He only got a ball down on gate 4 did a ball, what brought his total to 3 penalty points. He was 3rd in the cones and finished in 6th place individually. “Too bad about that little ball,” he says. “I am happy with the result. Of course I hoped that things would have turned out differently, but it’s okay.”
Photo: Krisztina Horváth
Team medal for The Netherlands
Third time in a row
Franck Grimonprez his horses were in good shape again. With 4.85 (1 ball and a little time) the Frenchman managed to move up one place and was overjoyed with his silver medal.
Last starter Martin Hölle had a big lead. He seemed to be heading for a flawless ride, but a ball rolled on gate 19. He then unluckily hit gate 20, hitting it hard and not quite making the time. But he could easily afford those mistakes. Joy and relief at the world champion: “It took all my concentration, but it worked. It’s incredible to win for the third time in a row. My horses did their very best, they really are the best horses in the world. I am so grateful to them. And I am very happy that we are world champions again with the team.”
Photo: Krisztina Horváth
The podium from the nations competition
Photo: Wil Smeets
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